How Did The Vols’ 2014 Opponents Fare In Their Bowl Games?

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Dec 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Utah State Aggies running backs Roert Marshall (27) and Joey DeMartino (28) celebrate after the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Opponent: Utah State (8/30/14 @ Neyland Stadium)

Utah State finished the season as a nine-win team, with a huge win over Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Northern Illinois came into the Poinsettia Bowl ranked as the #24 team in the nation.

Utah State used a stifling defense to shut down Northern Illinois’ impressive rushing game and hold star quarterback Jordan Lynch to only 39 rushing yards.

The Vols will likely have a tough time running the ball on Utah State, but it’s still a game they should be able to win at Neyland Stadium on opening day next season.