A lot of people picked against Tennessee in Week 1 because they were an inexperienced group playing a star quarterback in Chuckie Keeton. The Volunteers responded in primetime with a convincing 38-7 victory on the SEC Network. Now with one day less day of normal rest, the Volunteers return home for an early start against Arkansas State. I think the line at Tennessee -17.5 is a little high.
Tennessee’s inexperience and a look-a-head situation will make this a closer game. The Volunteers play at Oklahoma next Saturday so I think they will just do enough to win this game and make sure they are healthy for their trip to Norman.
Arkansas State is one of the better teams in the Sun Belt despite having a revolving door of coaches. The Red Wolves beat Montana State 37-10 in their first game and racked up 547 yards. They have the talent to keep this game close.
Pick: Arkansas State (+17.5) over Tennessee