We conclude Week 1 of the college football schedule with a meeting between the Tennessee Volunteers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Unbelievably, this is the first time Tennessee and Georgia Tech have met since 1987. You would think they would have met somewhere in the last thirty years. A few things have changed since 1987, including a National Championship for Tennessee in 1998.
Never mind the last three decades, a lot has changed for the Vols in the last year. It doesn’t matter though, for a big time program in the SEC expectations for success are always going to be there. There were big expectations last season, but it didn’t exactly materialize.
It was supposed to be the year they struck fear into the rest of the conference, including Alabama, but it wasn’t meant to be. Joshua Dobbs was planning on carrying the Volunteers, and while he played well, he wasn’t able to do it all. Dobbs is currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL, so there will be a need at the quarterback position for Tennessee in 2017.
Butch Jones is on the hot seat, or at least, he has to be. I don’t see Tennessee donors putting up with average results for much longer. The problem is that Jones is coaching in the SEC, he has a large mountain to climb if he wants to stick around in Knoxville. Tennessee is also going to be rebuilding their offense in 2017. As soon as they found an offense with Dobbs, they’re going to be searching for another option at quarterback.
Georgia Tech will head in with the traditional Paul Johnson triple-option offense. Tech has been running this offense ever since Calvin Johnson left. Demaryius Thomas was in college for the triple-option, which makes it even more impressive that he was found in such an offensive scheme.
The Yellow Jackets’ offense has been one of the most successful schools to run the triple-option in college football. They’ve often had a quarterback who can pull it back and throw it around a little bit, unlike other three-pronged attacks. However, there is some uncertainty at quarterback heading into 2017. We’ll see which program gets off to a quicker start with new signal callers in the fold. Head below for this college football pick.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Betting Odds:
vs. Georgia Tech +3.5(-110)
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Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech Pick:
Georgia Tech picked up some steam late last season en route to a 9-4 year. It was what some would consider a down year for them. If you take into account that it was the second lowest rushing yardage per game in the Paul Johnson era, there was a missed opportunity to be a better team. Exiting the program is three-year starter Justin Thomas.
Thomas came into his own and was capable of gashing defenses. Now it’s because to finding a new starter, something Georgia Tech hasn’t had to worry about in a while. I expect to see a couple of quarterbacks in for the Yellow Jackets here, at the very least. It’s been a heated battle in training camp, with four quarterbacks in all in it.
As is standard in triple-option offenses, you will a lot of running and misdirection plays. Even more so, don’t look for passing with inexperienced quarterbacks running the show at Georgia Tech. Like I said, Georgia Tech isn’t shy of passing the rock, but we may see less of it without any experience piloting the offense.
Tennessee gets a new offensive coordinator and new quarterbacks in 2017. The door is open for the quarterback position with Dobbs gone. Just like other programs, Butch Jones isn’t revealing who won the starting job. Quinten Dormady is entering his junior year after sitting on the bench for his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Dormady stands tall at 6’4” and is a pro-style quarterback, opposite of what Dobbs was with his speed and mobility. Then there is redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano. I like the Vols to keep the ball on the ground plenty in this game. Couple that with inexperienced quarterbacks on the Georgia Tech side, and a team who loves to pound the ball. What I see happening is 27-23 or 30-21 ball game. With that said, I like a pick on the UNDER.
PICK: UNDER 56 (-110)