3. Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday, Oct. 5; Sanford Stadium; Athens, Ga.
And now we’re on to the almost certain losses. The Missouri Tigers and BYU Cougars stand in the corners of four other toss-ups as a likely loss and likely win respectively. Meanwhile, the bottom three teams are certain wins.
However, the Georgia Bulldogs begin the trend of certain losses on this list. This is a top five program that has recruited incredibly under Kirby Smart, and the greatest recruiting class in history from two years ago now has more experience.
With Jeremy Pruitt at the helm, Tennessee football is clearly looking to replicate Georgia’s model. But they aren’t there yet. UGA is loaded with talent and two heartbreaking losses to the Alabama Crimson Tide away from back to back SEC Championships and a national championship.
This year, the Vols at least get Georgia at home. And both teams are coming off a bye week, which could leave random things happening up in the air as a possibility. Those two reasons make Georgia easier than the other two sure-loss games we have on this list.
That does not mean, though, that we by any stretch consider this a winnable game. If the Vols pull off the upset, it will be incredible. But if they don’t they have plenty of other routes to reach their goals this year. No matter what type of improvements they make this season, UGA is still on a completely different level. So this is a nothing to lose everything to gain game.