5* CFB OPENING WEEK GAME OF THE YEAR
Tennessee vs. North Carolina State,
08/31/2012 19:30 EDT,
Score: 35 - 21
Point Spread: -3/-109 Tennessee
5* CFB OPENING WEEK GAME OF THE YEAR: Tennessee -3
I believe the Volunteers are one of the most underrated teams in the entire country, and this is without question one of my strongest plays early in the 2012 season.
Tennessee finished up the 2011 season with a disappointing 5-7 overall record, but injuries to key players kept this team from reaching their full potential, which in turn has them extremely undervalued in their opener on the road. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Tennessee was in contention for the SEC East title late in the year. Sure they are going to have to stay healthy, but that's not an issue coming into the first game.
The Volunteers were hurt by the loss of starting wide out Da'Rick Rogers, but I don't think it kills them. They have one of the more talented quarterbacks in the country in Tyler Bray and a big time playmaker at receiver in Justin Hunter. Tennessee has 19 starters coming back this year, including 9 to a defense that was pretty good in 2011,especially considering they played the entire year without star linebacker Herman Lathers, who is back healthy.
NC State is a solid football team, but they simply don't matchup well with the Volunteers. Even if NC State comes out fired up and keeps this game close, I still like Tennessee to win by more than a field goal. If it goes as planned, I think the Volunteers will win by at least two touchdowns. BET TENNESSEE!