It’s Finally Gator Bowl week!
Written by: Dylan Saylor
It’s been a long four weeks and a lot of disappointing things have happened in Vols BB, BUT we’ve got hope! The Tennessee Volunteer football team has its bowl game this Thursday at 7 PM against the Indiana Hoosiers in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.
It seems through the week that this team is focused on winning and also having fun. This breaks the two year drought of not being in a bowl game so, why not have fun, right?
This game is obviously about winning. This game marks the end of this senior class and we want to send them out with a well-deserved bang. I also believe this game has huge recruiting implications in the state of Florida, (which is why we probably switched bowls last minute) but let’s get into the actual game.
Redshirt junior Jarrett Guarantano may lead the offense on Thursday night, but it’s a toss up on which Guarantano will could see. We could see the JG who threw for 300+ yards against Missouri or we may get the poor play JG that cursed the first 5 regular season games. Indiana is ranked 37th overall in total defense, but that’s camouflaged considering the teams the Hoosiers have beat this year.
I really want to see RB rotation. We may see more of Eric Grey/Tim Jordan or Ty Chandler (which might be a sign to see if Chandler transfers or leaves early). I think if we go with more Grey/Jordan, the Vols are after a more threatening approach. Juan Jennings will be suspended for the first half of the game after his altercation with a Vanderbilt player. Calloway who is also a senior will hopefully show out to help his draft stock a little!
Note: this may also be Trey Smith’s last game as a Vol considering he’s projected to be a 2nd-3rd round draft pick. He’ll make his decision after the bowl game.
Defense—you’ll see a couple of Vols play their last games including Nigel Warrior and Darrell Taylor. Jeremey Pruitt’s defensive attack in this winning streak is only allowing teams under 150 yards in the second half of every game. Freshman LB Henry T is a huge piece to that success. The Vols defense is ranked 27th overall in the country with the Hoosiers offense ranking 31st. Once again, Indiana’s schedule was weaker than pond water though. What I want to see from this defense is being mean and not let the Hoosiers score, (that’s super vague) but they shouldn’t struggle even though Tennessee is known to play down to it’s competition.
I want the Vols to win big. I want them to send this group of seniors off with a big win and show recruits that the Vols are coming back to being a contender in the SEC. Go Vols 🍊🍊
Prediction: Tennessee 32 - Indiana 17