Free Week 1 Prediction: Volunteers vs Yellow Jackets Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (0-0)
Date: Monday, September 4th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
NCAA Football Spread: Tennessee -3
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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This is the closing matchup of the first true week of the season and a rare Monday nighter. We get a pretty good game too with the ACC and the SEC squaring off.
I am a little surprised at this number as I would have flipped it and made GT the favourite. Both teams have a lot of questions that we will start to get answers too.
Per the intro there could be some really good value on this line. Tennessee might have more talent overall but they are untested at key positions.
They are replacing QB Josh Dobbs and he was their beast weapon a year ago.
Athletically Quinten Dormady looks like he can do the job but he essentially no experience – he only got into a couple of games last season.
The starting RB will also be new but they will both play behind a line that has three senior returning starters in the middle. That is a good base.
On defense they are also missing their biggest difference make from a year ago in DE Derek Burnett (NFL).
A great pass rusher can make a defense but even with him they were not great a year ago and they were terrible against the run.
Even extra prep might not be the solution against a team that runs it like Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
GT rebounded in a big way last season, adding 6 wins to their total from the previous year. They are methodical in their approach with their triple option running attack and can play some defense too.
The key to keeping that running game humming is good decision making and this season they will be replacing Justin Thomas. Thomas never lived up to an awesome sophomore season but he was adept at running the system.
Matthew Jordan is the likely starter and he has not seen much game action the last two years.
The defense is usually pretty stout and they could catch a break in this one as the Vols are also bringing along a new signal caller. The secondary returns all five starters from a year ago but the line is unproven.
These guys are sleepers in the ACC for me.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 4-0 in Volunteers last 4 vs. ACC.
- Over is 8-0 in Volunteers last 8 neutral site games.
- Over is 4-0 in Volunteers last 4 games overall.
- Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Under is 4-0-1 in Yellow Jackets last 5 games in September.
- Under is 4-0 in Yellow Jackets last 4 Monday games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Two new starting QBs in this one so you can easily make the case that whichever plays better likely leads his team to victory. Per the intro I am not sure I would have been so bullish on Tennessee in this spot.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Georgia Tech +3
A home underdog in the first week of the season is too good to ignore. Jordan does not have to play great but if the does not put the ball on the ground the offense will put some points on the board.
Even though they have had all that extra time to prep the option is really hard to stop and they will gash you. Also. GT has a big play guy in Ricky Jeune on the outside.. They will not only cover they will win outright.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Georgia Tech 31 – Tennessee 24
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