Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones is, ahead of their college football wagering meeting, “very impressed” with the Georgia Bulldogs, of whom he spoke at length during a recent press conference. “If there’s a word that describes them, I would say [it is] complete. They’re complete in all three phases and they can go very deep into depth in all three phases. Sometimes, they even rotate the three different units on defense.” and so on and so forth.
- Date: September 30
- Time: 3:35 PM
- Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
- Online sportsbook odds for fans who bet college football online:
Georgia -7½ (-110) 47 (-110) -310
Tennessee U +7½ (-110) 47 (-110) +255
Get Thee Behind Me Peyton
Jones also addressed the negativity surrounding the Vols’ football program. There is someone, though, and not just anyone, at that, who doesn’t buy the “fake news.” “I’m all in,” legendary University of Tennessee and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning told 104.5 The Zone’s 3HL in Nashville. “I’m all in. I’m behind Butch Jones. I can promise you, nobody cares more about University of Tennessee football than Butch Jones. He literally eats, sleeps and breathes it. I love that passion, I really do.” Jones should have no excuses this Saturday; one of Tennessee’s most important offensive players, center Jashon Robertson, is expected to return, as is defensive tackle Shy Tuttle, from an undisclosed injury. “We fully anticipate them being ready to go on Saturday,” Jones said. Another thing Coach Jones has going from him is the fact that the Vols have won 11 of their last 12 true home games, with the single loss coming against college football wagering monster Alabama. Unfortunately for Tennessee bettors, however, the Volunteers have gone 5-7 against the spread in that same stretch. UT Knoxville is, moreover, 3-8 ATS in the last 11 home games against teams with winning records.
Where you Fromm, Jake?
One of the things about the Bulldogs that Jones is so impressed with is their QB Jake Fromm, who, says Vols defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, “doesn’t look like a freshman.” Fromm has completed 62.3% of his passes for 650 yards and seven TDs with only one pick. The offensive line has, meanwhile, allowed just three sacks. this will be Fromm’s first SEC road experience, and Shoop hopes for a “rocking” environment at Neyland Stadium to “introduce [Fromm] to what SEC football is all about,” while his defense tries to wreak havoc on the field to disconcert the calm, cool, and collected freshman quarterback.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 27, 2017
Last season’s edition of this rivalry was a shootout that featured a Volunteers’ Hail Mary-negating go-ahead TD on the final play. The total, not unsurprisingly, went over. The Vols have, nonetheless, scored fewer points each game this season, hitting a low of 17 against UMass on Saturday. We’ll have to wait and see if they can carry their own weight and help the college football wagering total go over, as it tends to do when these two programs meet – such as their last five overall encounters.