Tennessee vs. UMass Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Tennessee vs. UMass fearless prediction and game preview.
Tennessee (2-1) vs. UMass (0-4) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Network: SEC Network
Tennessee needs something fun to get over that. That’s what scheduling UMass does for you.
After the total defensive meltdown and collapse in the loss to Florida, the Vols have to quickly get past it and move on with this the first of a critical three-game home stretch.
There’s still plenty of time to take the East, but it’s going to take something magical with a road game at Alabama after hosting Georgia and South Carolina.
UMass is just plucky enough to provide a fight, but it doesn’t win football games. Take this one, and that’ll make the program – and will almost certainly mean the end of a coaching era at the other one.
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
If the Vols were ever going to get their pass rush going, this would be the time. It’s been a rough run for the Derek Barnett-less defensive front, coming up with just three sacks and 15 tackles for loss over the first three games.
The UMass offensive line has been destroyed, giving up 16.5 sacks so far and doing next to nothing for the running game.
Tennessee should own the lines. Pound away with the running game that should crank up over 250 yards without breathing hard, stop third down plays with a sack, enjoy the easy win. However …
One Reason Why UMass Will Win
Will Tennessee be in the mood to try?
The Minutemen have a whole slew of massive problems, but they can throw a little bit. Andrew Ford got a slew of yards late, but he still hit Temple for 377 yards and two scores.
The Minutemen have weapons. Ford is averaging over 300 yards per game with six touchdowns and just one pick, former Penn State TE Adam Breneman is a pro prospect – but he’s been banged up – and Andy Isabella is a dangerous No. 1 receiver.
As Feleipe Franks showed, the Tennessee secondary isn’t always air tight.
What’s Going To Happen
Tennessee will come out fired up and with a purpose after the disaster in Gainesville, but UMass will keep on coming.
The Minutemen have an annoying habit of having around games no matter who it plays, but without being any real threat to win.
The Vols won’t be pushed, but they won’t win in the total wipeout the fan base might be hoping for.
Tennessee vs. Massachusetts Prediction
Tennessee 44, Massachusetts 20
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