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Hot Read: More of the Same from UGA

By BJ Bennett
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Georgia beats Tennessee 44-21 in Athens.

1. Georgia's defense continues to straight up dominate. The Bulldogs allowed just 214 yards to nationally-ranked Tennessee on Saturday, keeping the Volunteers, with sacks included, in the red running the football. Tennessee finished with 37 carries for -1 yard. Linebackers Monty Rice recorded two tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble return for a touchdown, while linebacker Azeez Ojulari added two sacks and two forced fumbles. Yet again, Georgia was relentless defensively. You can't do much of anything against the group, but you sure can't run the football.

2. Receiver Kearis Jackson has emerged as one of the top big play threats in the SEC. He caught four passes for 91 yards against Tennessee, with his 21-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter helping to break the game open in Georgia's favor. Jackson has exactly 300 yards receiving three games into 2020.

3. Stetson Bennett is playing well. In a matchup of top 15 teams, he completed 16-of-27 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett also showed off another element of his game in scrambling for an eight-yard score. There is clear connection between Bennett and receiver Kearis Jackson in the passing game. Even after a bad snap at the start of the contest titled momentum in Tennessee's favor and even though the Volunteers held an early lead, Bennett was able to settle in and make key plays down the stretch.

4. Credit Georgia's halftime adjustments, which were notable. This was a competitive game, with Tennessee leading by four points at the break. The Bulldogs promptly responded by outscoring the Volunteers 27-0 in the second half, which is exactly what you would expect a top five team to do. Georgia should feel like it did its job heading into Saturday's showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 

5. Tennessee's defense made it very difficult for Georgia to run the football, especially early. The Volunteers held Zamir White to just 50 yards on 22 carries. Though the defense ultimately wore down, Tennessee was mostly successful against the Bulldogs' dominant ground game. Up front, the Volunteers held their own defensively and got a touchdown on the Kivon Bennett recovery of the first quarter bad snap.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports