247Sports predicts Georgia will play in college football’s most intimidating environment of 2023
There’s no denying Georgia’s 2023 schedule is pretty light.
It plays four true road games, including two against Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. There’s the Auburn game, but nobody is paying that one much attention given the Tigers’ recent records.
Then there’s the Nov. 18 visit to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. A late-season game between the Dawgs and Vols will always be an intense atmosphere, regardless of the teams’ success.
But with both teams enjoying success recently (one more than the other), Brad Crawford of 247Sports actually predicts this game to be the MOST intimidating environment in all of college football next year.
You couldn’t hear yourself speak inside Neyland Stadium twice last season during Tennessee’s wins over Alabama and Kentucky, two sellouts the created some of the rowdiest atmospheres ever in Knoxville. That’s going to happen again in 2023 when two-time defending national champion Georgia plays Tennessee. Tennessee will try to end this program’s reign atop college football in the SEC finale. Georgia should carry the nation’s longest winning streak into Neyland Stadium for this one.
In 2022, Georgia received everyone’s best. That includes both the players and the fans. That’s what happens when the defending national champions come to town.
But in 2023, with the Bulldogs now the two-time defending national champions, Georgia has become the standard of college football in the eyes of many. For as long as Kirby Smart and Georgia keep winning, expect the “Alabama treatment” from opposing fan bases everywhere UGA goes.
But is the hyping of the Georgia vs. Tennessee game not getting old? For the past two seasons, this was the game that received the most hype as a potential trap for Georgia. What happened? In 2021, Georgia stomped the Vols and left Knoxville with a 41-17 victory. Last year, Tennessee was ranked No. 1 and came into Athens to be routed once more.