Tennessee vs. Southern Miss Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Tennessee vs. Southern Miss fearless prediction and game preview.
Tennessee (3-5) vs. Southern Miss (5-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 4th
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Network: SEC Network
It’s been a disaster, but there’s still a chance to turn this around and make something out of the nightmare.
On a four-game losing streak, the Vols at least scored an offensive touchdown against Kentucky last week, only to lose in heart-crunching fashion.
But if they can beat Southern Miss, and then Missouri, they’ll be 5-5 with a shot at a bowl if they split against LSU and Vanderbilt at home. It’s not ideal, but it’s something.
USM’s mediocre season isn’t the problem Tennessee’s is, but for a team that’s supposed to be deep in the hunt for the Conference USA title in the midst of a mediocre season, getting rolled at home by UAB by 18 points isn’t okay.
The Golden Eagles will go bowling – they’ll beat Rice and/or Charlotte – but it would be nice to come up with a decent win along the way.
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
The Southern Miss defense couldn’t seem to stop anything UAB wanted to do, especially late.
The Blazers were almost perfectly balanced, getting a decent passing day to go along with a huge 209-yard rushing day from Spencer Brown.
And now John Kelly is back for the Vols.
Suspended for last week’s Kentucky game, Kelly should be back roaring to make amends for the off-the-field issues. Ty Chandler ran for 120 yards and two scores for the Vols last week against Kentucky – the running game is working again.
The USM run defense has been strong overall this season, but now it’s about to get powered on. Keep it simple, Tennessee O. Keep it simple.
One Reason Why Southern Miss Will Win
Even though the SEC’s worst offense was able to move the ball a bit, third downs are still a problem.
During the dry stretch, the Tennessee offense converted just 5-of-37 third down chances. Last week it hit 6-of-16 tries, which was fine, but hardly anything special.
USM might have had a defensive brain cramp against UAB, but overall, it’s great at getting behind the line and fantastic on third downs. The Golden Eagles lead Conference USA in tackles for loss, and – again, UAB game aside – are usually great on third downs.
The D is about to step up its game again on a bigger stage – especially after last week.
What’s Going To Happen
Tennessee will finally get a win again.
Southern Miss will put up a good fight with a strong defensive performance, but at home, Tennessee will rally back from its awful stretch with a good day from the ground game.
It might not be anything beautiful, but at this point, the team will take the W.
Tennessee vs. Southern Miss Prediction
Tennessee 31, Southern Miss 16
Tennessee -6.5, o/u: 48.5
1: Anything Fun or Bite Size … 3.5
Must See Rating
5: Game 5
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