LSU vs. Tennessee Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the LSU vs. Tennessee fearless prediction and game preview.
LSU (7-3) vs. Tennessee (4-6) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 18th
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
It’s football time again in Tennessee – with Brady Hoke as the head coach.
Going 0-6 in SEC play was bad, losing by 33 to Missouri was worse, and the rise of Georgia as the East powerhouse was too much.
Tennessee has been bad at college football under Butch Jones, but now he’s gone, the speculation is crazy about who’s next up, and everyone can exhale for a few moments.
And if the Vols just so happen to close out with wins over LSU and Vanderbilt at home to become bowl eligible, that’s fine, too.
LSU is having a solid year. Beating Auburn was good, winning four of the last five games is great, and now there’s still a shot at a ten-win season by winning out.
If it’s all for real and the Tigers are that good, they should rise up and drill a team this bad.
But the Vols are going to play loose now with all of the pressure off, and there’s still enough talent in place to make this a fight.
LSU knows a little something about rising up under an interim head coach.
One Reason Why LSU Will Win
Against the nation’s third-worst run defense, Derrius Guice might just go Derrius Guice.
Saquon Barkley and Bryce Love might be in the Heisman race, but the NFL scouts still love Mr. Guice every bit as much, if not more.
Back from his midseason injury issues, he destroyed Ole Miss for 276 yards, cranked up 147 yards and three scores on Arkansas last week, and is a threat to the 200-yard mark with ease if Hoke can’t figure out how to crank up the production on the defensive front.
How bad has the Volunteer defensive line been? 433 yards and two touchdowns – that’s what Missouri came up with last week.
The line has allowed over eight yards per carry in two of the last three games, and it has a problem with home run hitting running backs.
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
The Volunteer secondary hasn’t been all that bad – mainly because teams are spending all of their time running the ball. But this week, with absolutely nothing to play for other than having fun, the D can turn it loose and attack, attack, attack.
LSU’s passing game is fine, but the offensive front will give up sacks from time to time. This is the game to for the defensive line to sell out and be disruptive.
Granted, it came against three of the easier teams on the slate – Indiana State, Southern Miss and UMass – but Tennessee hasn’t lose when it’s been able to come up with ten or more tackles for loss. They have to at least try to get to Guice and company before they can get started.
Everyone tries to make LSU QB Danny Etling win games. At home, Tennessee has to do it.
What’s Going To Happen
Tennessee will play with a renewed enthusiasm and fire for about a half. That will all look good and everyone will get excited, but then reality will set in.
And so will Derrius Guice.
It’ll take a little bit for the dam to break, and then Guice will go off with a few home runs to let LSU take over and put it away.
But for a little while, Tennessee will have a little fun again.
LSU vs. Tennessee Prediction
LSU 34, Tennessee 16
LSU -15.5, o/u: 45.5
5: KFC fried chicken-scented bath bomb
1: “short and fat” … 2.5
Must See Rating
5: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
1: Justice League … 3