Evan Woodbery: Tennessee should have edge over Georgia State in every category Saturday

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley reacts to the official ruling that Tyler Bray did not cross the goal line during the final second of the first half of the North Carolina State game Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley reacts to the official ruling that Tyler Bray did not cross the goal line during the final second of the first half of the North Carolina State game Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Breaking down the personnel for Tennessee and Georgia State.

Quarterbacks

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

Running backs

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.

Offensive line

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

Defensive line

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.

Linebackers

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

Secondary

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

Special teams

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

Coaching

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

Intangibles

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

Pick

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.

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Comments » 13

2Geezy writes:

so who else thinks they will score more on us than they did aginst SC St.??? I don't think so. 62 - 0

VOLtage writes:

Wish we'd play them next year at the Dome (their home field) Atlanta is such a fun town (minus the traffic jams). Georgia State could have a good program soon considering all the talent in that city and state.

DavidWebb writes:

Teague did not pick off two passes

VolinCalif writes:

Evan the word "Should" has somewhat a compromising sound. It maybe politically correct and non abusing but you are writing to Vols fans. Not just UT fans, Tenn is the Volunteer state. Vols don't lend themselves to compromise. I know you are from up north but you should have taken American history in High School. Volunteers are a proud bunch so political correctness isn't necessary to communicate with them. Just say as it is, change Should to Has then say The vols should stomp H.. out of them by the half.

VolinCalif writes:

Evan here is a little PS
Santa Anna, Davy, etc
Just having fun with you. My mother was a D Yankee

OrangePsyched writes:

Run it up coach. We need to put everyone on notice that Tennessee is back with a vengeance. Now I know Ga. State isn't very good at all but we need to practice a scorched earth policy with everyone that we can at least this year till NCAA football learns to respect us again.

VolGrad writes:

in response to DavidWebb:

Teague did not pick off two passes

You are correct. Moore, Gordon, Waggner and Teague each had 1 interception.

Go Vols!

VolGrad writes:

Defense wants a shut-out. Fans want a shut-out. I think we get the shut-out.

Go Vols!!!

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Evan here is a little PS
Santa Anna, Davy, etc
Just having fun with you. My mother was a D Yankee

D. Yankee it is Evan ..;) Yankees stay up there .. D. Yankees move here. ................I married one :-) And on to other news ..Good opportunity to put pedal to the metal thru 2 1/2 qtrs then clear the benches and get everyone game experience. No need to run score up. More interested in getting game snaps for frosh & soph and helping depth. That and not getting starters hurt unnessarily when game is in the bag. I don't give a flip about impressing anyone with rolling up a big score since such mismatches are generally looked at as how bad the underdog was, not how good the favored team is. It could also help the starters focus, knowing their backups are going to get a chance to show their stuff, and one or two might just possibly show more stuff. GBO Smokey Rules!!!

brokendownoldvol writes:

Except coaching.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to brokendownoldvol:

Except coaching.

You are a d***weed...plain and simple. Why do you even bother to get out of bed each day? Remove the "vol" from your name. You may be broken down and old but you are NOT a Vol. Troll.

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

Why do we have to pay to see this game? The O&W Game is more entertaining. Embarrassing schedule.

Richmonds_Wannabe_Brother writes:

in response to Bark_at_the_Moon:

Why do we have to pay to see this game? The O&W Game is more entertaining. Embarrassing schedule.

Google first row sports. I tested it earlier with another game that's only avaible PPV, and it worked perfectly. Streaming HD.

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