Coming off an impressive win over Fresno State, the Volunteers have the momentum going,, and the Herd may be Thundering out of Neyland Stadium with an assortment of bumps and bruises! The questions which lingered about the Vols’ defense were silenced quickly, as every element of the squad ran like a fine tuned machine. Look for QB Casey Clausen to be sharper in his awareness of Marshall’s defense. He himself stated that he could, and should, have done better against Fresno, and he has the knack for picking up his performance a notch or two when he needs to.
Marshall comes from the Mid American Conference, which also features the like of Toledo, Miami of Ohio and Ohio University. Once upon a time, a game with a MAC team was an automatic win for whoever their opponent was. However, upon Marshall’s entrance, the conference has risen in its quality of play, overall, and you can expect the Thundering Herd to put up an early good fight. However, given the size and mobility of Tennessee’s offensive line, the University of Tennessee football should be able to chuck this one in the win column by the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Marshall’s 2002 record 11-2 (7-1 in conference)
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