Breaking down the personnel for Tennessee and Georgia State.
Tyler Bray was smooth and efficient in the opener, making smart decisions and involving nearly every receiver in the offense. His backup, Justin Worley, could get an extended look today. GSU's Ben McLane struggled in his college debut and his job could be in jeopardy. Edge: Vols
All three of Tennessee's tailbacks should get plenty of touches today, and their performances could go a long way toward sorting out the depth chart for the Florida game next week. GSU senior Donald Russell rushed for 120 yards in a loss last week. Edge: Vols
Wide receivers/tight ends
The Vols weathered the departure of Da'Rick Rogers without any problems against N.C. State, as Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter helped Bray pick apart a well-regarded secondary. Ten Vols caught passes last week, and there could be just as many today. GSU receiver Albert Wilson's 78-yard catch last season was the longest in school history. Edge: Vols.
Tennessee's offensive line got mixed reviews in its debut. The unit kept Bray safe and opened up a few holes for the backs. Still, penalties and a few mental blunders need to be corrected. GSU's size up front is respectable, but not comparable to the SEC. Edge: Vols
Darrington Sentimore and Daniel McCullers got opening-game jitters out of the way last week and will be counted on to perform at a high level for the rest of the season. Maurice Couch had five tackles, including one for a loss, against N.C. State. The Panthers figure to be overmatched on both sides of the line. Edge: Vols.
Herman Lathers sustained a shoulder injury in the opener, but he still plans to play against the Panthers. The Vols' depth is slim at inside linebacker, but Dontavis Sapp played well off the bench. GSU senior Akeen Felder has played in 23 games, making him one of the most experienced players on the Panthers' roster. Edge: Vols
Marsalis Teague grabbed two of the Vols' four interceptions last week and pushed his way back into the No. 1 spot at corner. Tennessee already has 44 percent of its interception total from last season and could increase that number if Georgia State decides to take risks in the passing game. Edge: Vols
GSU kicker Christian Benvenuto has been reinstated after an offseason bar incident; his fill-in fared poorly in the Panthers' opener. The Vols were solid on special teams last week, but coach Derek Dooley wants to see game-changing plays. Edge: Vols
GSU coach Bill Curry has had a long, storied, career. Unless the Panthers turn things around quickly, it seems destined to end with a losing season. Edge: Vols
This is Tennessee's home opener and the Vols are coming off an impressive first win. Coaches have insisted the team avoids complacency, and there's no reason to think the intangibles favor anyone but the heavy favorite in this game. Edge: Vols
Tennessee 52, Georgia State 10
The final score is immaterial, as the Vols should win by a healthy margin. What's more important is that Tennessee takes a step forward, rather than a step back, going into a huge showdown with Florida on Sept. 15.