Finally, Tennessee wins again in the Georgia Dome!
After six straight losses in Atlanta, the Vols did something almost no one in the national media predicted they would do on Friday, August 31. They beat up an coming N.C. State, 35-21 in the Chic-fil-A Kickoff Classic.
Here, we are going to look inside the numbers of the Volunteer win. We will examine the offensive and defensive line-play as well as how the Vol receivers did against the N.C. State defensive backs.
Not only did Tennessee exorcise the dome demons of the past few years, the Vols also turned the page. Never again to be remembered as the last game they played is November 2011's ugly 10-7 loss to Kentucky.
Are the Volunteers back in the big time now?
No—they just won a football game. But it was a game against a quality opponent. Also, there were several good signs that the team is maturing and will be able to compete at even higher levels.
Are they good enough to win the SEC East?
No—but they are getting closer to competing for it. Although there were many positive things about the win on Friday, there is still plenty to do. The good news is that is probably true about the rest of the league as well.
Follow me and we will take a look inside some of the numbers of the Vols 35-21 win over the Wolfpack.