What is your prediction for Saturday’s game?
Something tells me that this will be a more difficult game for the Vols than last week’s opener. Why? For starters, it will be a bit of a short week (Sunday night game followed by a Saturday noon game). Plus, the noon game time is not a trivial thing to dismiss as a factor — it takes a while for the body clock to get set to be able to get totally ready, physically and mentally, for a game that is basically beginning on a Saturday morning. [Of course, this may be worse for our opponent since they have to travel, too.]
And, the crowd on a Saturday morning/afternoon will not be as rowdy as it was on a holiday-weekend Sunday night.
But there is also the opponent… Our defense will have more challenges with Arkansas State’s up-tempo offense. And, I think Arkansas State could handle Utah State (and they will get their chance on Saturday September 20 in Jonesboro, Arkansas).
So there you go… my crystal ball says Tennessee 31 Arkansas State 20.
What say you?