The game of football is decided on the field, not in the stat book. But the stats will tell you a lot about what goes on between the lines. That's why we preview every Georgia Bulldog football game by the numbers to help find the trends and factoids that will help decide today's game. You can go here for another slant on the Tennessee Volunteers.
3. The number of games this season in which the Volunteers have led by fourteen points or more but ultimately lost. That's pretty hard to do, and not terribly easy to understand either. Especially for Vol fans. From what I saw a lot of it had to do with a lingering lack of depth on Rocky Top. The Vols just ran out of gas. But some of it also had to do with the patented John Jancek/Willie Martinez "bend and then break" defense which still gives me nervous ticks and night sweats.
24.6. The number of points Tennessee is currently giving up per game, good for 12th in the SEC (ahead of only Auburn and South Carolina). The Vols will likely score some points. But this group is prime to give up some too. If the Bulldog offense has trouble moving to ball in Knoxville, even accounting for the crowd noise, it won't be a positive sign.
48.31. The average length of Tennessee punter Trevor Daniel's kicks this season. As usual the Vol specialists are pretty darned good. While Colin Barber's punting hasn't explicitly hurt Georgia this season, his average has Georgia 13th in the SEC in punting, ahead of only Arkansas.
25.4. Joshua Dobbs's average number of pass attempts per game. Greyson Lambert is averaging 18.4 per game. While Dobbs is a threat in the run game, the notion that Tennessee OC Mike Debord is scared to let him throw the ball is a bit misplaced. Dobbs has also only thrown 1 interception all season.
99. The advantage in total rushing yardage held by Georgia over the Creamsicle Brigade this season (1224 vs. 1125). Again, Tennessee is going to be a test for the 'Dawgs on the ground.