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Tennessee-Georgia: Rain, wind in the forecast for Athens on Saturday

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We could see a messy game.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee and Georgia are set for a top 15 showdown in Athens on Saturday — and it may be a sloppy one. As Hurricane Delta blows in through the Gulf of Mexico, it could push rain and wind to the southeast on Saturday and Sunday. It could play a major role as the Volunteers attempt to knock off the third-ranked Bulldogs.

AccuWeather give a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday in Athens, with potential of 22 mph wind gusts, which would obviously affect the passing and kicking games. There’s also a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the day.

Does this give either side an advantage? Probably not. The programs are built similarly, more than capable of controlling the line of scrimmage and running the football. But the Volunteers’ offensive line has been together longer, and may actually finally match Georgia’s in terms of raw talent. They have a massive test coming against perhaps the best front seven in all of college football this weekend, however.

As a general note, I usually hate future forecasts, especially with the variance of projecting a hurricane this week, but this is worth monitoring as we get closer to Saturday afternoon.