Death Valley Voice: Where do you believe Tennessee has an edge in this game? Similarly, where do you think LSU has a leg up on the visitors?
All for Tennessee: The biggest advantage for the Vols is Hendon Hooker’s mobility and their receivers on the outside. LSU has struggled to defend mobile quarterbacks this year, and Bru McCoy at the very least is physical enough to make LSU pay for all the press man coverage it plays. If Cedric Tillman can go, LSU is in even bigger trouble.
As far as LSU’s advantage, the Vols won’t be able to guard their receivers. Malik Nabers is a mismatch for anybody in their secondary, and if they can get Kayshon Boutte involved, UT is in serious trouble given his speed. It’s all on whether or not Jayden Daniels can get them the ball.
What’s most remarkable about this game, though, is the fact that there will be similarities in how both teams approach it. They’ll want to find a way to bring pressure on the other team’s mobile quarterback since neither has a great pocket presence, but at the same time, they want to be able to contain those quarterbacks. The defense that does those two things best probably wins the game.
Death Valley Voice: What is your prediction for the game?
All for Tennessee: Despite LSU’s defense, another shootout is on the horizon for the Vols. With or without Cedric Tillman, LSU won’t stop Hendon Hooker’s ability to run, and they’ll pay for the press coverage they put on Bru McCoy.
On the other side, Jayden Daniels will make some plays against the Vols’ secondary, largely because his mobility will keep the pass rush honest. However, the defense will still kill at least two drives with big sacks, and that’ll be enough for the Vols to win. They pull out a victory 42-35.
A huge thank you goes out to Caleb for taking the time out of his day to talk with us about Tennessee. Be sure to check out All for Tennessee and read my responses to his questions before kickoff on Saturday morning!