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Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Predictions, Picks, Odds, and NCAA Football Week One Betting Preview – September 4, 2017

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Predictions, Picks, Odds, and NCAA Football Week One Betting Preview – September 4, 2017


Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Betting Preview


Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

When: Monday, September 4, 8:00 PM ET

Line: Tennessee Volunteers (-3) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+3); total: 56.0 view all NCAA Football lines


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Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers

Point Spread: -3

The fifth season of Butch Jones’ reign as head coach of the Volunteers’ program kicks off this coming Monday, as Tennessee looks to bounce back from a disappointing year that saw the team end up with a 9-4 overall record. But hey, at least they went home with a bowl game victory by beating Nebraska in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

The Vols’ starting quarterback last season is now in the NFL, though, so the quarterbacking duties this season will fall either on the shoulders of Quinten Dormady or Jarrett Guarantano. Jones hasn’t named a starter yet for Monday’s contest.

With that, look for the Vols’ backfield to have a bigger role in their season opener. Dobbs led the team in rushing yards, too, last season, but since he’s gone, John Kelly is going to be the lead ball-carrier out of the backfield. Kelly rushed for 630 yards and five touchdowns last year. As a team, the Vols ranked 44th in the nation in rushing yards per game and 29th in scoring offense (34.8 points per game) in 2016.

Tennessee was garbage on the defensive side of the ball last season, allowing 31.2 points per game, but has plenty of experience this time around with eight of their top nine tacklers last year back in action.

Tennessee is 3-3 ATS in its last six games when it was a favorite by four points or fewer.

Betting on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Point Spread: +3

Will Georgia Tech’s famed triple option attack be as effective this season even with quarterback Justin Thomas having graduated? That question will be partly answered against Tennessee, though, a starting quarterback has to be named first.

The Yellow Jackets are still deliberating who among the four candidates in Matthew Jordan, TaQuon Marshall, Lucas Johnson, and Jay Jones will get to start under center.  Whoever gets the nod, the Yellow Jackets’ run attack will be deadly based on the team’s system. Last season, Georgia Tech was 11th in the nation with 245.9 rushing yards per game.

Dedrick Mills led the team with 771 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores in 2016, but he was ejected off the team this August because of violation athletic department regulations. Mills is going to be replaced by running back KirVonte Benson, who was described by head coach Paul Johnson as “really strong”.

The Yellow Jackets’ stop unit should find success against Tennessee’s new quarterback. Georgia Tech was 41st in the nation last year in scoring defense with 25.7 points allowed per contest.

Georgia Tech is 3-1 ATS in its last four games in which it was the underdog.

Writer’s Prediction

Tennessee (-3) wins, 34-27.

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