3. West Virginia 40, Tennessee 14
Maybe West Virginia really is that good.
The Vols were able to hang around for a half, but the offensive woes of last year continued with too many dinks and dunks, not enough big plays, and little from the running game outside of a 30-yard dash by Tim Jordan.
Jarrett Guarantano connected on 19-of-25 passes, but they only went for 172 yards with a score. That was the proverbial knife brought to a gun fight.
Once Will Grier and the Mountaineers started to get on a roll, Tennessee didn’t have the ability to keep up. The lack of firepower needs to change – fast.
The Jeremy Pruitt defense gave up 547 yards, was destroyed by the Mountaineer passing game, and wasn’t able to come out of halftime with any great ideas once the avalanche started.
And now, the team has to come up with a few new looks and ideas.
Will Keller Chryst get the call for East Tennessee State this week in place of Guarantano? Will there be a more physical ground game?
The Volunteers will destroy the Buccaneers and all will look fine, but at least they got one of the nastiest offenses on their schedule out of the way. It would be nice if they could find one of their own.