Oklahoma Sooners (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
College Football Week 2
Date/Time: Saturday September 12, 2015 6pm ET
Where: Neyland Stadium
TV: ESPN SEC Network
by Tim B., NCAA Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: OKL -2/TEN +2
Over/Under Total: 61
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Things have been tough in Knoxville. First, Duck Dynasty, Honey BooBoo, and Hillbilly Handfishin were all cancelled then the State decided to tax all appliances sitting on front porches affecting 98% of Tennesseans; ohand Tennessee football hasnt really mattered since 2003 when the Vols went 10-3. Oklahoma comes into Neyland Stadium proud as peach cobbler after destroying the inept Akron Zips 41-3 last weekend putting up impressive numbers against the defenseless Zippers with 439 yards passing. What the crap is a Zip anyway??! Well, the name is short for Zippers or rubber over-shoes created by the BF Goodrich Company (just down the street) in the 20s and 30s. Akron! Its okay to change your mascot from rubber shoes to like an animal or something! Tennessee worked 59 points out of Akrons big brother in the MACBowling Greenwinning 59-30 while Tennessee gained 399 yards rushing and 604 overall offensive yards. Surprisingly, Tennessee was the kindest of Hosts for Bowling Green as the Falcons 557 total offensive yards against the Vols. This matchup looks to be a shootout. Lets look at who may hold the edge.
Tennessee is planning on checkering out Neyland Stadium for the visiting Sooners. What is checkering out? Well it is a really stupid idea of having the stands resemble the orange and white checker pattern of the end zones in Neyland Stadium. Dial up your seats on a hotline and somebody, according to seating arrangement, will tell you what color of shirt to wear; orange or white. This tradition at Tennessee was started 3 years ago but fell flat after many Tennessee Volunteer ticket holders were unaware that shirt and shoe wearing was required at football games andfurthermost of the male population in Knoxville only owns one blue T-shirt with a Dixie Flag on it!! (just a joke) If Im going to spill for a ticket to a Tennessee home game the absolute LAST thing I need is for someone to tell me what color clothes I gotta wear!!! Anywayits a bad idea. Tennessee tried this Dress-Up act for the first time against arch rival Florida and…YES! The Vols got beat! So, maybe well make it 2 in a row until someone figures out Tennessee needs to start beating people before they make endzone-like fashion statements; embarrassing. Last year the Vols rolled into Norman and got thumped 34-10. This year? Butch Jones has the Vols on the right path and Jones has straightened out the Vols program after the friggin mess Lane Kiffen and Derek Dooley left the program in! The Vols play hard, are aggressive, disciplined, and Jones is getting much better talent on the field. BUTgiving up 557 yards to the Falcons in week 1 with 433 yards through the air? That should be an absolutely terrifying stat for Gamers! In the first half against Tennessee, Bowling Green scored 17 unanswered points as Falcon QB Matt Johnson looked like a Heisman Candidate! Tennessee ended up rushing for 6TDs against an undersized and under experienced Falcon D-Line and LBs eventually putting the game away in the early part of the 4th Quarter. Lets look at the keys to this game.
Oklahoma loves to throw the ball all over the yard and Tennessee traded in their Nickel Package for a Swiss Cheese Secondary. Its so difficult when decent teams play The Little Sisters of the Poor early in the year. Tennessee will obviously look to run the ball against a 3-4 Sooner defense. The reason the Sooners play a 3-4 D is because they have virtually zero talented (and experienced) down linemen but Oklahoma does enjoy 4 pretty good LBs. Can a 3-4 stop a running game? Nonever at the point of attack. So Tennessee will ram the rock at Oklahoma and Oklahoma will start blitzing. The question now becomes, Can Tennessees QB throw an accurate slant behind the Linebackers or perhaps throw a 7 yard quick out to the sticks? It appears like Vols QB Joshua Dobbs is yet another dual threat QB who—when pressured—will choose running the ball first. If Dobbs adopts this theme against Oklahoma, the Sooners will mop the floor with Tennessee.
Oklahoma is going to throw it, throw it, and throw it some more. Tennessee got torched by Bowling Greens passing game last weekend and the Sooners Aint no Bowling Green! Oklahomas defense will allow yards on the ground against Tennessee but when it gets to that time where Tennessee must make a play, the Vols dont have the horses just yet. Butch Jones is getting Tennessee much closer to sitting at the adult table in the SEC. This weekend, Oklahoma will provide the Vols with many opportunities to seizeand the Vols will just not have enough playmakers to compete. But the spectators at Neyland Stadium will make themselves look like the endzones????????
Tim B.s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Oklahoma Sooners -2
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