Tennessee, meanwhile, continues to spiral. And while that would be an unsatisfying record for some Volunteer fans, it would be an acceptable one given the talent the team lost in 2016. Here, we're not just calling that it will be close.
Saturday felt a bit like Al Golden's Waterloo at Miami two years ago. Whether we win by 30 or lose by 30 the last week shouldn't determine this week.
Tennessee now must build off that performance.
This also marked the first time since 1981 that Georgia had shut out Tennessee.
Hell, maybe Tennessee will decide Butch's buyout is cost prohibitive to making a move at this point (according to Darren Rovell, it would cost Tennessee $9.2 million to fire Butch on Sunday), and he returns to Rocky Top in 2018. "I just look forward to it". It was good enough to detonate Tennessee's season. The Vols also had to make up for the losses of Corey Vereen and LaTroy Lewis, who completed their eligibility last season. Linebackers Daniel Bituli and Colton Jumper are the two biggest playmakers of the Vols front seven with a combined 57 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble through four games.
Jones quipped that "knowing Jauan, I'd be afraid he'd run out on the field regardless and want to play".
The UMass game was a good indicator of the group effort.
Through four weeks, the Vols were decent, if slightly inconsistent, at running the ball. I've seen good teams that sometimes played bad and vice versa. Taking pressure off Dormady is imperative to Tennessee's success, considering the Bulldogs' secondary is equal to that of Florida's.
The Bulldogs offensive line will win in the trenches, allowing Chubb and the stable of Georgia running backs to run wild. Georgia has one of the best defenses in the country and a stable of top tailbacks. "But Darrell Taylor, Kongbo and Phillips all have a knack for getting to the quarterback".
Credit Jones for acknowledging the scope of the disaster he presided over, one that saw Tennessee muster 142 yards just a week after barely defeating winless MA at home.
Georgia: Now that Eason has returned to action, Georgia must decide how to use its quarterbacks the rest of the way. It is scheduled at the Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
It's worth noting that MA has allowed the most sacks of any Football Bowl Subdivision program this season.
Tennessee, meanwhile, didn't sniff much yardage at all.
The Vols' first play of the game was picked off, and it somehow got worse from there.
Kindley suffered an ankle sprain last Saturday against Mississippi State in the fourth quarter and has only received second-team reps during individual drills.
Georgia opened last season by beating a ranked North Carolina team and snuck by Nicholls State a week later 26-24.
"When he speaks, they listen", Smart said. "This week we just have to focus on us, not really them". And the fans/local media alike love to think they have the best players at every position on the football field.
"Injuries are something as football players that we can't control", Michel said.