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Georgia football: Closer look at today's game against Tennessee

TENNESSEE (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at Georgia (1-4, 0-3), 12:21 p.m. (FOX-54)

Line: Georgia 12.

Series Record: Tennessee leads 21-16-2, including 10-8-1 in Athens.

Last Meeting: 2009, Tennessee, 45-19 in Knoxville.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

This is the first time in 104 years that both teams come into the game with losing records. The teams tied 0-0 in that contest in Athens. Both teams are coming off games they thought they should have won. Georgia was driving for a winning field goal when it fumbled inside the Colorado 30. Tennessee stopped LSU on the final play of the game, only to be called for having too many men on the field. LSU used the extra chance to score.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia WR A.J. Green vs. the Tennessee secondary. Green is 6-foot-4, while the Vols’ secondary is 5-10, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2. Green could have a big day if Georgia‘s game plan tilts in that direction.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia: Green made his season debut last week at Colorado after serving a four-game NCAA suspension for selling one of his jerseys. Green had the fifth 100-yard receiving game of his career. He finished with 119 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 40-yard end-around.

Tennessee: Quarterback Matt Simms has completed 79 of 141 passes for 966 yards and six touchdown.

FACTS & FIGURES

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley returns to his hometown and to the stadium where his father, Vince, coached for 25 seasons. Derek was born in Athens in 1968. … The Georgia-Tennessee series dates back to the first meeting on Nov. 11, 1899. The Vols won 5-0 in Knoxville. … Mark Richt is 5-4 against Tennessee. … This is the second straight year that neither team is ranked. Those are the only two times in the series since rankings started in the 1930s.

— Kevin Price

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