Defending college football champion Georgia defeats top-ranked Tennessee

By Kevin Dotson, CNN

In what was billed as college football’s game of the year, the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs knocked down the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia on Saturday.

The Volunteers had debuted at No. 1 in the first college football playoff standings of the season, but were defeated by the Bulldogs 27-13.

Both teams entered the game with perfect 8-0 records, the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the AP poll with the Vols tied for second, marking only the third regular season meeting in History of the SEC between a team ranked No. 1 and No. 2.

Demand to watch the game was high, with the last remaining tickets fetching more than $600, according to TickPick.

In front of more than 90,000 fans, the Bulldogs showed that they are still the team to beat in college football.

Georgia won convincingly, dominating every facet of the game. The Bulldogs’ strong defense kept Tennessee out of the end zone until there were less than five minutes left in the game.

The win puts undefeated Georgia on the fast track to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game with a clear path to the College Football Playoffs, where the Dawgs hope to defend their title.

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CNN’s Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.

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