The Tennessee Volunteers got a good test to start the season and responded by knocking off North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome. In Week 2, they'll get a week to breathe as they host Georgia State.
The Panthers, who are new to the NCAA this season, dropped their Week 1 matchup against MEAC powerhouse South Carolina State by a score of 33-6 at home. They will have their hands full with Derek Dooley's squad this weekend.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know about this matchup.
When: Saturday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Live Streaming: WatchESPN
Georgia State Injuries (via USA Today)
Tennessee Injuries (via USA Today)
LaTroy Lewis, LB, Knee, Out
George Bullock, PK, Leg, Out
What's at Stake?
This is a pretty clear-cut lose-lose game for Tennessee.
That's not to say the Vols don't want to win this game and move to 2-0, but no one is going to put much stock in beating down such an inferior opponent. On the other side of things, if the unimaginable happens and Georgia State pulls the absolute shocker, the Vols' season is pretty much ruined.
Another way to put it: Dooley's squad has nothing to gain with this one and everything to lose. It's a good thing the chance of Tennessee losing is lower than the chance of me getting with Kate Upton.
Georgia State Player to Watch: Donald Russell, RB
Georgia State was run into the ground by South Carolina State last week, but that wasn't because of Russell.
The former Kentucky halfback carried the ball just 12 times, but he managed to rack up 120 yards and had an impressive scamper of 52 early in the first quarter.
Tennessee, meanwhile, wasn't exactly stout against the run in Week 1 against NC State. Mustafa Greene and Tony Creecy combined for 101 yards on 21 rushes for an average of 4.8 yards per carry.
If anyone is going to find a way to move the ball for the Panthers in this one, it's going to be Russell.
Tennessee Player to Watch: Tyler Bray
In Week 1, Bray was nearly unstoppable, as he completed 27 of 41 throws for 333 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
By comparison, Georgia State let Richard Cue, a junior who had a QB rating of 71.8 last year, throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Oh, the humanity.
Bray likely won't play more than three quarters in this one, but he has a chance to put up video games as he continues to make a case for his name being in the Heisman mix.
Key Matchup: Rajion Neal vs. Devrin Young vs. Marlin Lane
Let's face it, unless something catastrophic happens, Tennessee is winning this game, and there's no real key matchup that will keep Georgia State close.
Instead, look no further than Tennessee's running-back situation as the main storyline to keep your eye on.
Rajion Neal started Week 1, tallying a mediocre 53 yards on 22 carries, while sophomore Devrin Young wasn't much better with negative-two yards on two carries. Sophomore Marlin Lane, on the other hand, looked explosive racking up 75 yards on nine carries.
All three are listed as the starter for Week 2.
With this one turning into a blowout, everyone will get plenty of carries to prove their worth.
The Volunteers are coming off an impressive Week 1 victory. Georgia State was blown out at home against a weak opponent. Tyler Bray looks in top form. Tennessee is at home.
Tennessee 49, Georgia State 9.
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