Finally, the season is here. Each week we will gather game predictions from our entire Tennessee Vols writing staff.
Tennessee kicks off the 2017 campaign with a long-awaited game against Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, GA. The Vols are favored by 3.5 points.
So many unknowns. So many different ways this game could go. I think both offenses will be able to put up points. I’ve already picked this game to hit the OVER of 56 points, and I feel good about that pick. This has “early shootout” all over it. I think the Vols defense will get fooled by the triple option and found out of position a handful of times early. However, I think UT’s offense will be too much for Georgia Tech’s running game to keep up with. If Tennessee can get a nice lead and force Tech to throw, advantage Vols.
Tennessee 41, Georgia Tech 28
Tennessee is in the ultimate spotlight tonight. Everyone will be on their couch getting done from a long weekend, and Butch Jones will have the ability to prove the offseason moves that he made to the coaching staff worked. The loss of Darrin Kirkland Jr is a major blow to this football team but they’re use to adversity. Defensively, Tennessee struggles early on but in the second half, I think Bob Shoop adjusts accordingly.
All eyes will be on the quarterback battle between Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano. I believe that both play well and the competition continues on as the weeks roll by. A high scoring affair makes Monday night a thrilling game to watch but eventually the talent of the Vols is too much for the Yellow Jackets to handle. Butch starts the season out with a much needed W.
Tennessee 35, Georgia Tech 21
Part of me thinks it’s going to come down to injuries at linebacker for the Vols, but part of me thinks that Georgia Tech’s defense just can’t get the job done against Tennessee’s stout offensive line. Even with the missing pieces on the up front, the Vols should be able to do just about whatever they want to the Yellow Jacket defense. The “flexbone” may give the Vols fits, but they’ll be able to get the job done.
Tennessee 38, Georgia Tech 21
I understand the fear some fans have of Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense, but the Yellow Jackets will field a new quarterback just like Tennessee, and if that quarterback isn’t sharp, the Vols’ athletic defense will have a field day. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets have issues all across their front seven. So while Georgia Tech might attempt to control the game’s tempo, the Vols will beat them at their own game.
Tennessee 24, Georgia Tech 14
The 2017 Vols kick off the season against a unique Georgia Tech offense that you typically don’t have to game plan for on a yearly basis. With multiple changes to the coaching staff and the departure of key offensive players, Tennessee will definitely have a new look when they have possession of the ball. Tennessee will need to have consistent, mistake free play from Quinten Dormady, Jarrett Guarantano, or possibly both as UT won’t have many chances against a Yellow Jacket offense that will look to control the clock.
Tennessee 34, Georgia Tech 24