The "Derek Dooley returns to Athens" story line is an old one, as Georgia ruined the storybook angle with a victory over Tennessee in Athens in 2010. However, Dooley -- son of legendary UGA coach Vince Dooley -- brings an improved Vols team to Athens on Saturday. (Game time: 3:30 p.m. on CBS.)
Tennessee (3-1, 0-1) opened its 2012 season with a 35-21 victory over N.C. State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. And the Vols led SEC East rival Florida in the second half before the Gators pulled away, 37-20, on big plays and turnovers.
Georgia is cruising at No. 5 nationally (AP), with a 4-0 record, 2-0 SEC. The Bulldogs have a quality QB in junior Aaron Murray, but also noteworthy is that UGA has allowed just 23 points in its SEC victories over Vanderbilt and Missouri.
The Volunteers will have to deal with the SEC's leading rusher, Bulldogs freshman Todd Gurley, who is averaging 101.5 rushing yards per game.
“We’ve got to win the line of scrimmage first, have good scheme discipline and then bring a lot of hats to the football, because one guy ain’t gonna bring (Gurley) down,” Dooley told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Still, the Dooley connection to both sides of Tennessee-Georgia always will be interesting (see the attached video).
It's a slow week in the SEC, as Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are idle.
Remaining SEC games for Sept. 29 (All times Eastern)
Missouri (2-2, 0-2) at Central Florida, noon, FSN
Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) at Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1), 12:21 p.m.
Towson (2-1) at LSU (4-0, 1-0), 7 p.m., ESPNU
South Carolina (4-0, 2-0) at Kentucky (1-3, 0-1), 7 p.m., ESPN2
Ole Miss (3-1) at Alabama (4-0, 1-0), 9:15 p.m., ESPN
Material from the SEC office was used in this report.