Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)
Virginia Tech: Last week, a new era of Virginia Tech Hokies football started. Former Memphis head coach Justin Fuente started his tenure as the new head coach and is replacing a legendary name in Frank Beamer who retired after last season. Virginia Tech dominated in their first game with a 23 point victory over Liberty and quarterback Jerrod Evans threw the ball well, 221 yards passing and four touchdown passes. He’s also a dual threat at the quarterback position as he’s also able to make plays with his feet and can easily rack up 50-70 yards rushing. Evans was recruited by Justin Fuente and he edged out senior Brendon Motley to get the starting nod. Tonight, Evans and these Hokies will face a tough test as they battle the Volunteers of Tennessee in the primetime spotlight.
Tennessee: When I previewed their division this Summer, I raved about them and the job that coach Butch Davis has done and I wasn’t the only one that was high on them this year. Last week against Appalachian State, they didn’t look good at all. Joshua Dobbs, who was expected to take that next step as the quarterback struggled to get into a rhythm to make anything happen. The senior completed 16 of his 29 pass attempts for 192 yards and a passing touchdown. His rushing attempts weren’t impressive at all. He rushed for negative four yards on a total of nine carries and no, that is not a typo. He’ll never be one of the best passing quarterbacks in the country, but when he has it going for him as far as running is concerned, he can make it happen and take a game over with his feet. Hopefully some adjustments were made before the game tonight against Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech player to watch: Isaiah Ford– He’s by far their best player and he’s the only receiver in the ACC to record over 1,000 yards receiving last season. He was Jerrod Evans’ primary receiver down the field last week and they’ll need him again to have a big game tonight.
Tennessee’s player(s) to watch: The Offensive Line– They were expected to have one of the best offensive lines in all of college football and they returned a total of four starters this year from last season. They will be a crucial part of the game tonight to push the Hokies front off the line of scrimmage and when the running game gets going, the offense begins to gel.
Prediction: 150,000 people are expected to be on hand for this one, the largest crowd ever to watch a football game. Tennessee will come in angry and motivated. For Virginia Tech, this could be a quality win for Fuente as the head coach of the Hokies. I like Tennessee to win this game tonight. Tennessee 31 Virginia Tech 24