Despite being an FCS team, UT Chattanooga has some talent that will face Tennessee football Saturday. Here are five Mocs to watch against the Volunteers.
It’s pretty clear now that Tennessee football can’t take the Chattanooga Mocs lightly. Sure, this is an FCS program, but the Vols are 0-2 after playing two non-Power Five schools at home, including a team that was 2-10 last year in the Sun Belt.
So even a 1-1 FCS team is not a guaranteed win anymore. Chattanooga has historical precedence for scoring huge upsets against bad Vols teams. They did it way back in 1964 to open Doug Dickey’s tenure on Rocky Top.
Considering the fact that Tennessee football used to have a rivalry with the Mocs when the two played in the SIAA and the Southern Conference way back in the early part of the 20th century, it’s safe to say this is not your average game against an FCS school.
Chattanooga does have a few weapons, and they could give the Vols a scare if they don’t take this game seriously. So as we get set to look at the five key players who could deliver the Mocs a victory, it’s worth noting that some of these guys actually have experience playing at the FBS level and won’t be scared of Rocky Top.
Not only are there former FBS players on here, but there are also some experienced players along with a few freshman phenoms who look like FBS players already. Yes, Chattanooga has a range of talented guys that Jeremy Pruitt’s second team needs to watch out for.
Rocky Top may benefit from the fact that Chattanooga has a first-year head coach in Rusty Wright, but this collection of players can do more than enough to help bring him along. And the Vols may not be benefitting with Pruitt at the helm, as the jury is clearly out on him more than it even was last year.
Simply put, this game is no sure win, and we need to analyze the players who could turn it into an upset. These are five UT Chattanooga players to watch for against Tennessee football when the Vols and Mocs face off Saturday.