Tennessee Volunteers vs N.C State Wolfpack Betting Odds
The Georgia Dome will play host to back-to-back games in the opening week of College Football. And that begins on Friday night in the first of two matchups between the ACC and SEC, when the North Carolina State Wolfpack match up with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Tennessee comes into the 2012 season looking to make that next step forward in contending for the SEC East. And while this is not a conference nor a division match up right away, we will certainly gain a sense of where the Volunteers sit under the direction of Derek Dooley.
It was about as bad as you can get for a program like Tennessee in 2011. The Volunteers won just one game in the SEC, finishing last in the East division below Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
But there were definitely some bright spots. At the forefront of that list is quarterback Tyler Bray. Bray started as a freshman last season, and there were certainly some growing pains, capped off by an injury to his throwing hand. However, Bray showed that he has a big time arm and the size to compete in the SEC. He is expected to make big progress in the 2012 season.
Bray will need help from the running game though, which ranked 116th out of 120 Division I teams in 2011. The Volunteers averaged only 90 yards per game on the ground. That simply won’t get it done in the Southeastern conference.
On the other side of the ball, N.C State has a pretty solid quarterback of their own in Mike Glennon. Glennon threw for 2,790 yards and 28 touchdowns in the 2011 season. But like Tennessee, the Wolfpack had difficulty running the ball, ranking 109th in the nation at just under 105 yards per game. That puts a ton of pressure on the quarterback.
When it comes to defenses, the Wolfpack led the country in interceptions last season with 27. They had a turnover margin of +9, which as anyone will tell you is probably the most important facet of a game.
The attention of this game will probably be focused on the two opposing quarterbacks, and which one blinks first.
BetOnline Sportsbook has formulated Tennessee vs N.C State Betting odds, giving the slight edge to the Volunteers. Tennessee has been set as a 3.5-point favorite. To cover the point spread, the Volunteers will need to win by at least four points, with a win by a field-goal or less going the way of the Wolfpack.
The over/under point total for this matchup has been set at 53 points.
Tennessee and N.C State kick off from the Georgia Dome on Friday at 7:30pm ET, with coverage nationally on ESPNU.