Tennessee football hosts the ETSU Buccaneers in Knoxville Saturday afternoon. Here is the Volunteers’ streaming, game time and television info.
The Tennessee football team plays their first home game of the 2018 season on Saturday. It should be a much easier task than playing the No. 17 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers.
That was an incredibly tough first game for Jeremy Pruitt with his young football team. However, this week they should get on track and win their first game of the season. If the Vols can get past ETSU and UTEP, they will take a 2-1 record into the Florida game.
This is one of those games where you hate to see on the schedule. Sure, it is an extraordinary opportunity for the ETSU football program and their fans but typically a boring game to watch. However, this could be a good chance for all the young players to get much-needed game time experience.
Here is all the information you need for the Vols’ game vs. East Tennessee State
Tennessee Volunteers vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers
When: Saturday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, TN
TV: SEC Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN
VIEW OF THE VOLS
Record: 0-1, 0-0 SEC
Last 3: 0-3
Last 5: 1-4
The Vols didn’t look great last week. In fact, in a lot of areas Tennessee looked flat out bad. The offensive line didn’t block well. The young secondary got burnt more times than not. And, the defense didn’t get much pressure on Will Grier.
However, there were some bright spots. Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was 19-of-25 for 172 passing yards and one touchdown. He took what the defense gave him all game long. In fact, I only recall one bad throw or decision he made.
Running back, Tim Jordan was also a bright spot. Starting back Ty Chandler when down early with an injury that sidelined him the rest of the game. Jordan stepped right up and ran for 118 yards, which led both teams.
Quietly wide receiver Marquez Callaway had seven receptions for 85 yards. He failed to find the end zone, but he played an outstanding game.
The young secondary is going to have to do better at position assignments and they will, it just comes with time. There is a lot of talk about how great ETSU quarterback Logan Marchi is so it will be interesting to watch that battle.
VIEW OF THE BUCCANEERS
Record: 1-0, 0-0 SoCon
Last 3: 1-2
Last 5: 2-3
ETSU is coming off a 28-7 win last week against Mars Hill. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that fans knew the Bucs was going to win the game.
Quarterback Logan Marchi threw for 273 yards on 17-of-29 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Marchi won’t be afraid of playing in Neyland. As a Temple Owl last year he played against Norte Dame in South Bend and didn’t look bad.
There aren’t too many playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. However, the defense has a couple of studs.
Linebacker Dylan Weigel had ten total tackles last week. Which is nothing new for the senior linebacker. As a freshman, he led his league in tackles for the entire season.
Nasir Player is a 6-foot-5, 271-pound defensive lineman that will be looking to cause havoc on a struggling offensive line. One of our bold predictions this week was the Vols won’t give up a single sack. Player is most certainly going to have something to do with that.
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Let’s be honest, as bad as the Vols looked last week against West Virginia there is no chance they should lose this game. Like, a zero percent chance.
It might stay close until halftime, but the Vols are bigger, faster, and stronger and should easily win this game. Tennessee 38 ETSU 14.