Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray guns for the SEC career passing yardage record as the Bulldogs face the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
Murray will have a tough time breaking the record of 11,528 career passing yards, held by former Georgia passer David Greene, as the Volunteers are tied for the most interceptions in the country with 11 after five games.
Tennessee sophomore defensive back Brian Randolph leads the team with three picks, and freshman Cameron Sutton has five passes defensed. However opponents haven’t been afraid to test the Volunteers secondary. Tennessee has given up six touchdowns in the air, and 249.8 yards per game.
Saturday will be Tennessee’s third time facing a ranked opponent in four games, and after losses to Oregon and Florida, it managed a 31-24 victory over South Alabama last week.
Down early 7-0, Tennessee scored on four straight possessions and held off the Jaguars late. Junior quarterback Justin Worely barely countered three interceptions with two touchdowns, and running back Rajion Neal gained 169 yards and one score on 25 attempts.
No. 6 Georgia has ripped off three straight wins after its opening loss to Clemson, and is back in the national title conversation after topping LSU 44-41 last week. Murray threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns, and the Bulldogs outrushed the Tigers 196 to 77, despite losing top runner Todd Gurley early in the second quarter to a left ankle sprain.
Junior receiver Chris Conley posted his second straight game with five catches for 112 yards and his second touchdown of the year, while Michael Bennett made three receptions for 38 yards and two scores.
Gurley re-joined practice on Wednesday, and while there is no deadline for him to make, the sophomore’s status for Saturday is unclear.
"It's still just day to day," Georgia coach Mark Richt said to ESPN. "He tried a little bit today in the [indoor practice room] and he couldn't go today."
Keith Marshall filled in for Gurley against LSU, and finished with 96 yards on 20 carries. It’s reasonable to assume Marshall and Gurley could share time on the field to prevent any further injury to the SEC’s fifth best rusher.
The game kicks-off at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS, or watch a live online stream at CBS Sports here.
Betting Odds: Georgia is favored by 10.5 points.
Over/Under: 64.5 points.
Prediction: Georgia 42, Tennessee 20