Tennessee finally gets a break from playing teams in the SEC with a game against the 1-7 Memphis Tigers on Saturday. Not that the Vols are much better with a 2-6 record, but if you take into consideration the fact that the Tigers are in a weaker conference than one could assume that the Vols have their best chance of late to win a game. After a four game losing streak that included some disastrous 2nd half play and a quarterback swap, Tennessee has an advantage over Memphis who are just coming off a 5 game losing streak and horrendous loss to Houston. More horrendous than the Vols loss to LSU, Florida and USC combined, if you can imagine.
Everyone is going to be watching Saturday to see how Tyler Bray does in his debut as starting quarterback. The sophomore came in early in the second half of last weeks loss to South Carolina and put on up a performance that convinced coach Dooley he was a better choice against the Memphis Tigers. He is going up a weaker defense this week which could be a huge advantage for the young quarterback. Dooley has made a lot of poor choices this season, so here’s to hoping that things go Tennessee’s way for a change.
Memphis’s defense should be an easier one to navigate than the SEC opponents Tennessee has faced in the past few weeks. On average teams are scoring 42 touchdowns against the Tigers, with 25 of them being passing touchdowns. What this means is if Tennessee loses this week to Memphis they might as well pack up their pads and just surrender to the fact that this season is a failure.
Memphis is terrible. Vegas has the odds strongly in the Vols favor and almost every CFB site has given the Vols at least a 20 point advantage. The Vols have won 21/22 games vs. the Memphis Tigers. By midnight on Saturday this team will either make that number 22/23, or they will turn into big puke orange pumpkins and roll themselves back to Knoxville covered in copious amounts of shame.
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Written by Deniz Kofteci