Tennessee has a chance to settle in and iron some things out this week against ETSU. The Buccaneers — who struggled with Mars Hill last week — come into Neyland Stadium as predictably huge underdogs against Tennessee.
FBS vs. FCS lines are usually hard to find before gameday, but 5 Dimes has hooked us up with an early spread that favors the Vols by 37.5. The total sits at 51.5.
Getting game like this to follow a tough opener could turn out to be a big asset for Jeremy Pruitt and his staff. It offers them a chance to catch their breath and build some chemistry before the vicious stretch of Florida-Georgia-Auburn-Alabama-South Carolina begins.
I would expect to see Tyson Helton open up his playbook a little bit after calling a pretty conservative game against West Virginia. The more comfortable quarterback Jarrett Guarantano can get now, the better. Expect to see the Vols also try to solve their backup quarterback equation over the next two weeks as well. It wouldn’t surprise me to see multiple quarterbacks handle snaps in the second half.