Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the matchup between the Volunteers and Golden Eagles.
Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech Game Preview
When: Saturday, November 5 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
TV Broadcast: SEC Network
The season has become a full disaster for the Volunteers, as they have dropped three straight, including a major setback against South Carolina this past Saturday. Starting running back Jalen Hurd has left the team, and the sheer amount of injuries has Tennessee needing a break in the schedule. This game comes at a good time, as Tennessee Tech is 3-5 and gives up 28.3 points per game. If Tennessee has any sort of pride, this game will be over by halftime.
What To Know About Tennessee
The offense has lost Hurd after he transferred and backup running back Alvin Kamara is still dinged up, but there is one constant for the Volunteers: quarterback Joshua Dobbs. This season hasn’t gone exactly the way Dobbs and Tennessee expected, but Dobbs is a leader that will play until the final whistle. Running back John Kelly had a career high 94 yards in the loss to South Carolina and earned the praise from head coach Butch Jones.
The defense played well enough in the South Carolina game for the Volunteers to win, holding the Gamecocks to 325 total yards. Tennessee should have no problem shutting down the Golden Eagles, who are 91st in the FCS in yards per game, averaging just 341.4.
What to Know About Tennessee Tech
The Golden Eagles offense starts with quarterback Michael Birdsong, who has been playing well in his senior campaign, throwing for 1,967 yards and 12 touchdowns. The defense gives up more points than the offense scores, though, as Tech is 3-5 on the season after a close win over Southeast Missouri State last Saturday. To have any shot at all, Tech must keep the score close in the first half and put the pressure on the Volunteers, who are already reeling from a three-game losing streak.
Offense: Tennessee. Dobbs has four regular season games left in his collegiate career. He will be ready.
Defense: Tennessee. After getting dominated by Alabama, the Vols responded. That was against a stagnant Gamecocks unit though.
Special Teams: Tie. Special teams have been an Achilles heel for Tennessee.
Coaching: Tennessee. Butch Jones was a different person at his press conference this week.
Intangibles: Tennessee. After three losses in a row, the Volunteers will be ready to get back into the win column.
Matchup To Watch
Tennessee players vs. the home crowd
Will the Volunteers faithful fill Neyland Stadium? Will they get frustrated and boo if their team struggles at the beginning? There are a lot of factors that could come into play.
Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech Betting Odds
Spread: Tennessee -41
Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech Prediction
At the beginning of the season, this looked as if it would be a warmup game for the Volunteers as they entered the final stretch toward a possible division title and spot in the SEC Championship game. Now, they need to use this game to get their confidence back after everything that could go wrong has. Tech will come out fired up, but it won’t matter, as the Volunteers’ talent takes over and some reserves get some much deserved playing time. Vols win big.
Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech Score Prediction: Tennessee 56, Tennessee Tech 17