College Football Betting Preview — Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ Atlanta
College Football Betting Preview -- Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ Atlanta
Butch Jones, the head coach for the Tennessee Volunteers, knows that he has a tall task on his hands in replacing his duel-threat quarterback, Joshua Dobbs, and running back Alvin Kamara as he embarks on the 2017 season. But there are more fundamental difficulties for him to deal with in the season opener, as his team tackles the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a game that begins at 8 PM ET at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Those people who are signed up for action with BetAnySports will have the opportunity to place wagers even after the opening kickoff, as they battle dynamic odds with Live Betting Ultra.
The Vols went 9-4 last season, defeating Nebraska in the Music City Bowl, and they scored upsets along the way against Florida, Virginia Tech, and Georgia.
Jones was being very coy about who he was going to use as his starting quarterback. The likelihood is that it will be junior Quinten Dormady, who threw 17 passes last season, but redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano was reportedly competing hard in fall practice and could see action. The Tennessee offense was efficient enough that they set a school record for points scored (473), but they are using a new offensive coordinator as well (Larry Scott).
Whoever takes the snaps, it’s going to be tough to replace the cerebral Dobbs, who could extend a lot of plays. And he was also the team’s leading rusher.
In the college football betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Vols are the favorites:
Tennessee Volunteers -3 (-120)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +3 (+100)
Over 55.5 points -110
Under 55.5 points -110
Georgia Tech had a 9-4 record last season, rebounding from a horrible 2015 campaign. One of the highlights, of course, was beating Georgia in the annual rivalry game. They did not rack up big rushing numbers the way they had done in the past for Paul Johnson, but did average 258 yards a game. They bring back eight starters on both sides, although they lost quarterback Justin Thomas.
Coach Paul Johnson, who had coached in 18 straight bowl games until the unfortunate 2016 season, is also not too revealing about what he is going to do about a signal-caller. Matthew Jordan, who had 65 attempts on the ground last season, might see the most action, but TaQuan Marshall, who was an “A-Back,” should get some snaps, and there is also Lucas Johnson and Jay Jones as well.
The option attack is going to be problematic for Tennessee to deal with. While it can indeed be said that they have had quite a while to prepare, this was not a capable run defense last year, as they gave up five yards a carry. They return seven starters, and Jonathan Kongbo could be a great addition to the defensive line. Georgia Tech has a veteran secondary and a lot of running backs. Interestingly enough, even thought this could be considered a “home” game of sorts for the Yellow Jackets, it will be their only game on artificial turf this season, as this is not their home field but the stadium that normally houses the Atlanta Falcons.
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