The Vols vs. The Vols: Even if Tennessee looks ahead to Florida, Georgia State is still unlikely to pull off an upset. That said, the Vols can use this game to tidy up some shortcomings seen in the victory against N.C. State. Defensive communication, occasional hiccups in the running game, limiting plays over 20 yards, consistency in the punting game, dropped passes on the offensive side and quarterback containment from the defensive line. The Vols need to stay sharp for next week's showdown with Florida.
Derek Dooley vs. Bill Curry: Curry, the Georgia State coach, graduated from Georgia Tech with a Science in Industrial Management degree in 1965. Three years later, Dooley was born. Despite a 26-year age difference, the two have a long history. Dooley's father, longtime Georgia coach Vince Dooley, faced Curry as head coach when Curry led Georgia Tech. Vince Dooley held a 5-2 edge. Curry's son, Bill, was friend and teammate of Derek Dooley at Virginia.
UT WR Cordarrelle Patterson: The junior college transfer was one of 10 UT players to catch a pass against N.C. State, but no one matched the impact of Patterson. In a dazzling debut, the wideout scored two touchdowns, accumulated 165 all-purpose yards (93 receiving, 72 rushing) and scored two touchdowns. Patterson's unveiling in Knoxville will have the Neyland Stadium crowd buzzing.
Georgia State SS Demazio Skelton: The Panthers allowed 25 first downs and 488 total yards in a 33-6 loss to South Carolina State last weekend, but Skelton was a bright spot. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety, who finished second on the team in tackles last season (61), registered a game-high 12 tackles and two pass breakups in the season opener.
UT RB Rajion Neal: After earning Tennessee's starting running back spot in the offseason, Neal stumbled out of the gates. In his first career start, the junior rushed for just 53 yards on a career-high 22 carries against N.C. State. That's a 2.4 yard-per-carry average. His longest scamper went for 8 yards. Dooley was critical of Neal's performance after the game and adjusted the Vols' depth chart this week, listing backup running backs Devrin Young and Marlin Lane as co-starters along with Neal.
Georgia State QB Ben McLane: The redshirt freshman struggled in his first collegiate game. McLane completed just seven passes on 15 attempts for 54 yards – 18 yards less than the touchdown catch reeled in by UT wideout Zach Rogers against N.C. State. The Panthers' offensive line didn't do the first-year starter any favors. McLane was sacked five times against South Carolina State, including one resulting in a fumble late in the first half.
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UT WR Cordarrelle Patterson
First time playing in NEYLAND Stadium should be great!!! Can't wait!!! #VOLNATION
Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz
So if Georgia State just suffered worst loss to FCS opponent (33-6), what happens when it moves to FBS?
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The opening game in the greatest stadium in #CollegeFootball is this Saturday against #GeorgiaSt.. Are you ready for the#NeylandExperience?
Zack Wheat, Vols fan
That awkward moment when you pass Tyler Bray on campus and he's the background to your phone...
Tennessee 49, Georgia State 3
Vols might not match the 70-3 victory over Louisiana Monroe in 2000, but this one will get ugly ... fast.