Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
Tennessee (0-0) vs. Georgia Tech (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Monday, Sept. 4th
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Alabama and Florida State will have already had their fun in the shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium a few nights before, but Tennessee and Georgia Tech will have the entire college football world all to themselves.
Being played on Monday night in front of a national audience, it might not be the biggest of big-time matchups at the end of a massive weekend, but it’ll be a moment no matter what.
Tennessee has been blown off, dismissed, and ignored after whiffing last year on what was supposed to be its big season.
There’s still a ton of talent in place, and there are always going to be expectations to do big things, but this is the shot to look the part. Win impressively, and the hype will begin.
Lose, and the already toasty hot seat under head coach Butch Jones becomes a flamethrower.
Georgia Tech is at least expected to be a factor in the ACC Coastal race, but it’s also not getting a whole lot of love from the people who like to pick things.
Not only is this head coach Paul Johnson’s chance to keep proving that his offensive formula and style works, but it’s a shot for the ACC to do some serious chest-thumping if it gets a big win over the SEC.
Depending on what happens when the Seminoles and Crimson Tide tussle, along with the NC State-South Carolina showdown, bragging rights might quickly turn into a bigger deal than normal.
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
You don’t think it’s been hammered into the heads of the Tennessee defense that it has to be a whole lot better?
After a rough season of injuries and inconsistencies, there’s hope for all the prep-hype talent to start playing the part up front, while the linebacking corps that gets just about everyone back from last year’s finishing kick can’t help but be a bit better.
But one of the big keys to slowing down the option is always the tackling ability in the secondary, and thus group should be able to pop a bit.
Eight of the top nine tacklers from last year are back, while the Georgia Tech offense is starting a new quarterback and lost top running back Dedrick Mills to “violation of team rules” issues.
One Reason Why Georgia Tech Will Win
If the defensive front seven can hold its own against Tennessee RB John Kelly, the Yellow Jacket secondary should take over.
Overall, Georgia Tech has to make more big things happen behind the line than it did last year, and there isn’t a ton of bulk up front. However, the pass defense has the potential to be fantastic with experience, depth, and a lot of talent.
Considering Tennessee is breaking in new QB Quinten Dormady on a big stage, and the receiving corps might be a wee bit iffy early on, Georgia Tech wants the Vols throwing as much as possible.
What’s Going To Happen
Tennessee’s offense will be fine.
The defense won’t stop the the Yellow Jacket ground game enough to put the game away until late, but all of the new parts in the Tech backfield will be off just enough to keep the option from being as sharp as it needs to be.
Kelly will be solid, Dormady will be efficient, and while it might not be an emphatic, dominant win to open things up, Tennessee will happily get out with any victory it can.
Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech Prediction
Final Score: Tennessee 31, Georgia Tech 23
Line: Tennessee -4 o/u: 56
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