Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart had high praise for the Tennessee Vols and Neyland Stadium this week.
The Georgia Bulldogs will be playing their first SEC road game of the year on Saturday, against the Tennessee Vols, but it won’t be their first big road game of the year.
Georgia traveled to South Bend earlier this season to take on Notre Dame — a game the Bulldogs won.
Notre Dame obviously provides a great football atmosphere, but it’s nothing compared to Neyland Stadium. At least according to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.
Check out what Smart said earlier this week.
"There’s no way to simulate the atmosphere that you get in Neyland Stadium when you talk about being the road opponent. It won’t even compare to what we got at Notre Dame because we had so many fans at Notre Dame. I think it will be a different scenario but certainly glad that we were able to experience that as far as the travel part."
There’s no doubt that Neyland Stadium provides one of the greatest atmospheres in all of college football.
But so does Sanford Stadium in Athens, so it’s not like Georgia’s young players will be overwhelmed by Neyland. They know what SEC football is all about, and they’ll be ready.
And Smart will be even more ready. As the former defensive coordinator at Alabama, Smart has coached on some of the biggest stages in college football. A regular season road game against a team coming off a narrow victory against a bad UMass team probably won’t make Smart very nervous.
Though it’s worth remembering that Tennessee is currently riding a two game winning streak against their SEC East rivals.
Perhaps the Vols will shock the nation and extend their win streak over Georgia to three games on Saturday.