The Bulldogs defeated the Crush earlier this season in a close contest, 16-14.
“This game is one that never seems to let you down,” said Bulldogs owner Kacee Smith. “It’s a game that usually includes several hard hits and big play and it brings on high emotions for the players, staff and fans,”
Tennessee has held every team from scoring this season with the exception of North Georgia. The Crush come into this week’s game with the number one ranked offense and defense in the league.
The Bulldogs have history and an intimidation factor on their side as they hold a perfect 5-0 record against their rival.
“This is one of those games you look forward to, but at the same time it makes you so nervous you can't stand it,” said Smith. “Each time we beat them you know they will come back with more hunger and will be more prepared.”
The game will be played for charity, with donations going to the Epilepsy Foundation in Tennessee.
The winner of this game will take over first place in the division and could earn home field advantage throughout playoffs.
“This game is important in so many different ways, so we have to win it,” said Smith. “Our offense really started clicking last week and we looked good. When we play the Crush we never really know what to expect, but we will just attack them with all we have and hope to come out with a win."
North Georgia expects a lot of fans to make the trip to Chattanooga to help cheer them on and support the charity. This is the Bulldogs’ shortest trip of the season.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at UTC's Finley stadium. Admission in $5 for adults and includes free parking.