It's Saturday in Athens! SEC Nation is out on Myers Quad, and the tailgating is in full swing. While you wolf down that biscuit and finish your cup of coffee (the one disguised in a Bud Lite can, not that we're judging), take a look at the news you need to know before kickoff.
No big names, but Georgia’s line succeeds | University of Georgia | Macon.com
Georgia's defensive line doesn't have any stars yet, other than its coach, and yet is getting the job done. The best part is that it's a unit that only loses a couple of seniors moving forward, so that the nucleus of a solid front four should be in place for the foreseeable future. And that's to say nothing of the defensive line class being brought in in 2015, which is easily the best of the Mark Richt era.
1 of SC's top football recruits turns away from FSU, commits to - WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather
Speaking of the 2015 defensive line class, here's the video of Palmetto State defensive end Michael Barnett shocking the audience at his school into silence by announcing that he was switching his commitment from FSU to Georgia. As his high school coach also notes in the video, it shouldn't be that surprising. Barnett's recruitment by the Seminoles began during Jeremy Pruitt's tenure in Tallahassee, and Barnett was offered by Georgia once Pruitt came to Athens. Putting two and two together, it's not that surprising. Credit should also go to linebackers Coach Mike Ekeler, the lead recruiter who got Barnett to not only commit, but commit to enrolling early without even visiting campus yet.
Gearing up for Gurley: UT Vols eager to face 'the best' | Times Free Press
Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek compares Todd Gurley to Darren McFadden. And then he fell asleep in Jarvis Jones' living room again.
3 keys to the Tennessee-Georgia game - Rocky Top Talk
With Tennessee traveling to Georgia this weekend, here are Rocky Top Talk's three keys to the game for the Vols.
Behind the numbers: Tennessee offensive line allows average of 3 sacks per game - The Red and Black : Sports
In Tennessee’s first three games against Utah State, Arkansas State and Oklahoma, the Volunteers gave up nine sacks. The 3.0 sacks per game average puts Tennessee among the worst teams in the nation in terms of protecting the quarterback, and last among teams in the Southeastern Conference. Given the youth along the Vol offensive front that shouldn't be terribly surprising. That being said, I'm still pretty worried about Justin Worley getting the ball out into the holes in the zone defense. Remember, Dylan Thompson was supposed to have trouble with the Bulldog pass rush, too.
'Brand new' Vols, different Georgia Bulldogs follow up last year's thriller | Times Free Press
Unbelievable stat: only 13 of the Tennessee players making the trip to Athens for today's game were on the roster two years ago for the Vols' last trip. That's what you call a youth movement. It's also a stark reminder that if Butch Jones can keep the wheels on and put a few more pieces in place, the Volunteers are gonna be very deep and experienced in 2016. You heard it here first.
So there you have it. That's what's happening in Bulldog Nation this morning. Now go forth, and wear orange no more. Until later . . .