Vols 'planning to knock a No. 1 off' when Georgia arrives

Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee senior offensive lineman Jerome Carvin (75), shown here celebrating a touchdown last month against Ole Miss, believes the Volunteers can't be overzealous this week against No. 1 Georgia.

There are some weekends within a college football season when a program can improve at the expense of an inferior opponent, a foe of equal talent or against a superior roster.

Then there is that rare occurrence when the gauge can be the nation's very best team, an opportunity Tennessee has this week with the arrival of No. 1 Georgia. The Bulldogs opened this season with a 10-3 downing of six-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson before blistering their first seven Southeastern Conference opponents by the average score of 40-7.

Georgia's most recent rout was Saturday's 43-6 shellacking of Missouri, which was 40-3 midway through the third quarter.

"It's a big ball game, but you've got to treat it like every Saturday," Tennessee senior left guard Jerome Carvin said in a news conference.