On paper it’s easy to assume the Vols have absolutely no chance at beating LSU this Saturday. They have the advantage in almost every position, they also haven’t lost a game all season which is enough to make post people laugh at the idea of Tennessee being the team to end the streak. I’m pretty sure almost every analyst in the country wouldn’t hesitate to say LSU could beat Tennessee with Patrick Peterson alone.
However, we can’t just look at LSU on the surface. We also can’t just look at a Tennessee that way either. When it comes to quarterbacks I feel a lot better with Simms on my side than I would with Jefferson. Where they surpass us in rushing, they lack in receiving. The LSU defense is good, but not great. Matt Simms is not Larry Smith (thank God) so the defense isn’t going to be able to pull a few easy moves to trip him up and hold him to zero TDs.
This will mark Tennessee’s first road game of the season and will be Dooley’s first return to Baton Rouge as head coach since leaving LSU in 2005. Maybe a road game is exactly what this team needs to get themselves prepared to play a whole 60 minutes. Dooley has already told the media that his team won’t be doing a pre-game walkthrough of the stadium on Friday because he’d rather his boys see the stadium for the first time with a crowd so they can feed off the energy. Judging from this team’s previous performance they are going to need to feed on the energy like vampires in a Red Cross truck in order to come out of this game on top.
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Written by Deniz Kofteci