Vanderbilt (1-2) starts on Saturday in the Commodores’ first SEC home game against number 2 Georgia (3-0) with full stadium capacity since 2019 (11 a.m. CT, SECN).

Known for their defense, the Bulldogs scored an offensive win against South Carolina in a blowout win last week.

Here’s what you should know about the matchup:

Georgia has allowed an offensive touchdown all year long

In three games, the Bulldogs allowed an offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter of their loss to South Carolina last week. Previously, Clemson managed only one field goal and UAB scored with a pick-six from quarterback Carson Beck from the third row. The Gamecocks also scored well with Georgia’s backups.

If Vanderbilt manages a single touchdown on offense, it will be an achievement against what is perhaps the best defense in the nation.

Georgia is a national championship favorite

Georgia is ranked 2nd in the USA TODAY AFCA Coaches Poll and AP Top 25 Poll. While Alabama is still the No. 1 consensus team, Georgia is not far behind. The Bulldogs beat Clemson in their opener and established themselves as one of the teams to beat.

Georgia hasn’t won a title since 1980 but reached the national championship game in 2017 when it lost to the Crimson Tide.

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Georgia and Vanderbilt didn’t play last year

Last season’s game in Athens was postponed once and then canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Commodores that made opt-outs and injuries worse. The Bulldogs were frustrated with the news because it was supposed to be their graduation ceremony.

Vanderbilt last beat Georgia in 2016 with a 17-16 win in Athens. The Bulldogs finished 8-5 that year.

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Clark Lea has played against Georgia before

Notre Dame played Georgia against Georgia in 2019 when Lea was the defensive coordinator for Fighting Irish. That means Lea is familiar with the Bulldogs but cautioned that familiarity may not help as Georgia switched offensive coordinator after this season.


Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3: All indications are that Vanderbilt will play, but Georgia are a better team in every way.

Aria Gerson reports on Vanderbilt’s athletics for The Tennessean. Contact her at or on Twitter @aria_gerson.