After just four days off, Tennessee returns to the field to take on Indiana State in the Vols’ first game in Neyland Stadium in 2017. Here are the picks from the RTT staff.
Conner Knapp: Tennessee 59, Indiana State 13
After a fight in Week 1, Tennessee shouldn’t be challenged in its home opener. John Kelly looked great against a Georgia Tech defense which played well most of the game and Quinten Dormady seemed to settle into a groove as the game progressed. The Volunteers should put this one away early and get experience for some guys down the depth chart.
Terry Lambert: Tennessee 45, Indiana State 7
I think we’ll all be able to breathe this week. After a dogfight last Monday against Georgia Tech, Tennessee gets a “get-right” game at home against Indiana State. You should see them dominate all areas of this one. I’m more interested in seeing how they play Jarrett Guarantano, who has been confirmed by Butch Jones to be playing on Saturday.
Noah Taylor: Tennessee 48, Indiana State 14
Following the thrilling roller coaster ride that was the opener versus Georgia Tech last week, Tennessee should be able to work out some kinks in week 2 when Indiana State comes to town. This game comes at the perfect time as it allows the Vols to get some players on the field for the first time this season. It also may serve as a tune up before Tennessee begins SEC play in Gainesville next Saturday.
Evan Winter: Tennessee 52, Indiana State 7
There is always the potential to overlook a team, especially with as big a game as Florida coming up next week, however after barely escaping the Yellow Jackets last week I believe that the Vols will come out and lay waste to the Sycamores.
Tennessee hung 42 on Tech, so I firmly believe they are capable of scoring more points against a lesser FCS opponent. The defense still has some questions, otherwise I wouldn’t even give Indiana State a chance to score.