Tennessee: 65 Tennessee Tech: 10
Saturday, Sept. 18; Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.
Whether it was Derek Dooley, Butch Jones or Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee football was never one to fail to blow out FCS opponents. That’s always been one positive with every coach that’s come through the program since they began playing FCS school on a yearly basis.
The Vols have won all of those games by at least 26 points, and they have won all but one of them by at least 35 points, including all eight games dating back to 2012. Simply put, UT has never been one of those programs to struggle against an FCS team, and there is no sign that they will struggle in this game.
Despite the disappointment that will come from the loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers, Josh Heupel’s high-powered offense will be able to spend this game figuring things out. Against a program that hasn’t yet had a winning season in three years under head coach Dewayne Alexander, expect another blowout against such an opponent.
Given the issues on defense, this will still be a disappointment, as UT will surrender double-digit points. However, Heupel’s offense can withstand mistakes in this one, and the unit will break 60 in what will at least be a fun ride.