How UT Will Win
Published: Fri Sep 25, 2009
On the surface, this one probably seems like an off week for the Tennessee Volunteers, a chance to work out the kinks in the offense on the way to an easy victory. But the Vols had better not take Ohio lightly. The Bobcats, coached by former University of Nebraska head coach Frank Solich, had the personnel to take a 14-12 lead into the 4th quarter against Ohio State, and the Vols simply aren’t talented enough at this point to take any opponent lightly. For the UT offense to show the improvement it will need to win on Saturday, and more importantly when they hit the thick of the SEC schedule, they must find a vertical passing game. Brandon Warren, Nu’Keese Richardson and Marsalis Teague are Tennessee’s most viable options and must become more involved in the offense. They know what they will get out of Montario Hardesty, who has been a terror for opposing defenses to start the season, and Bryce Brown’s continued improvement gives them a two-headed monster at tailback. The Vols defense will face the spread offense for the third time this season and should have no problems there. Look for the Vols to come out and not just win on Saturday but make a statement as they prepare to enter the heart of their SEC schedule.