In the biggest game of the season, Georgia had little issues beating Tennessee at home.
It was a Fifth of November to remember for Georgia fans, as the Dawgs dominated the Tennessee Volunteers from opening kickoff through the final whistle, winning 27-13 to reclaim the top spot.
The Vols took the No. 1 spot away from the defending national champions on Tuesday night in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. It is not official now, but Tennessee is absolutely not retaining that top spot for a second week. What the Dawgs did to the Vols Between the Hedges on Saturday afternoon is undeniable proof that Kirby Smart’s team can repeat as national champions.
Here are three players who had a massive effect on the Dawgs winning this huge SEC East game.
Georgia dismantles Tennessee to reclaim No. 1 spot: 3 stars from SEC East game
Jalen Carter made his presence felt all day long as part of the vaunted pass-rush
It was a collaborative effort by the Dawgs defense to stifle Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker’s Heisman Trophy campaign. Although he could still win it, there was really nothing Tennessee could do with a healthy Jalen Carter out there in the middle of the Georgia defense. It was by far and away the best pass-rushing performance by the team. Carter set his teammates up for success.
Kelee Ringo had tall task of slowing down Tennessee’s wide receiver tandem
We should not overlook the incredible job Kelee Ringo did in the back-end of the defense. Tennessee has arguably the two best wide receivers in the conference in Jaylin Hyatt and Cedric Tillman. While Tennessee did score a touchdown late, Ringo slowed the Vols passing attack all day long. He even made an amazing interception in the end zone, his first since the one in Indianapolis.
Stetson Bennett IV’s poise and leadership had Georgia in complete control
There is no way around this. Georgia won this game because Stetson Bennett IV is the Dawgs’ star quarterback. He had two impressive touchdown strikes, as well as a momentum-shifting scamper to pay dirt of his own. Even against the No. 1 team in the nation, Bennett guided this offense to a convincing victory. Weather was a major issue, but he played with the confidence of a champion.
Overall, it was all settled on the field. While the weather became an issue late, the crowd noise was deafening all game long, causing the Tennessee offense to commit one false start after another. This was the biggest game in Sanford Stadium history. Though the Dawgs played with their food vs. Kent State and Missouri, there is no doubt about who is the best team right now.
As long as the Dawgs win their next three games, they are going to the College Football Playoff.