Vols Shoot for 2-0 Saturday vs. Georgia State
Coming off a quality victory over a quality opponent to open the season the Tennessee Volunteers get a bit of a breather this weekend, before beginning SEC play next week, when they host the FCS Panthers of Georgia State Saturday at Neyland Stadium (4 pm Eastern, ESPN3).
A Solid Start
Tennessee, with 19 starters back from last season, played one of its better games of the Coach Dooley era last Friday, beating NC State 35-21 at the Georgia Dome. The Vols jumped out to a 22-7 first-quarter lead, and coasted home from there, piling up 524 yards of total offense in the process. QB Tyler Bray hit on 27 of 41 throws for 333 yards and two scores and Tennessee backs ran for 191 yards, as the Vols covered as field-goal favorites on the college football picks betting board.
The victory over the Wolf Pack helped Tennessee garner 73 points in this week’s AP Top 25 poll.
This Week’s Opponent
Georgia State, meanwhile, kicking off its third season of football, lost its opener last week to South Carolina State 33-6. GSU, its third season under former Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky head coach Bill Curry, gave up a touchdown on the third play from scrimmage vs. SC State, and things went downhill from there. Panthers freshman QB Ben McLane completed seven of 15 passes for 54 yards and was sacked five times.
Vols vs. Panthers: Betting Lines and Trends
As of Thursday morning this game had not yet been lined at any of the major online college football betting outlets.
Under Dooley the Vols are 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS vs. FCS teams.
Georgia State is 0-2 in its existence vs. FBS teams, losing two years ago to Alabama 63-7 and last year to Houston 56-0.
This will be the first-ever meeting between UT and GSU.
If the Vols can get past the Panthers they’ll take a 2-0 record into next week’s SEC opener vs. rival Florida also in Knoxville.