SEC Football Preview: Virginia at Tennessee

Tennessee-Virginia football game preview

Virginia visits Tennessee on Saturday in Nashville. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

By 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS (FIRST GAME)

Virginia

Date Opponent Time TV
2-Sep vs. Tennessee* 12:00 PM ET ABC
9-Sep vs. James Madison 12:00 PM ET ESPNU
15-Sep at Maryland 7:00 PM ET FS1
22-Sep vs. North Carolina State 7:30 PM ET ESPN
30-Sep at Boston College TBA
7-Oct vs. William & Mary TBA
21-Oct at North Carolina TBA
28-Oct at Miami (FL) TBA
4-Nov vs. Georgia Tech TBA
9-Nov at Louisville 7:30 PM ET ESPN
18-Nov vs. Duke TBA
25-Nov vs. Virginia Tech TBA

Tennessee

Date Opponent Time TV
2-Sep vs. Virginia* 12:00 PM ET ABC
9-Sep vs. Austin Peay 5:00 PM ET ESP+
16-Sep at Florida 7:00 PM ET ESPN
23-Sep vs. UTSA TBA
30-Sep vs. South Carolina TBA
14-Oct vs. Texas A&M TBA
21-Oct at Alabama TBA
28-Oct at Kentucky TBA
4-Nov vs. Connecticut TBA
11-Nov at Missouri TBA
18-Nov vs. Georgia TBA
25-Nov vs. Vanderbilt TBA

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Virginia Tennessee
ESPN FPI 76 15
Sagarin 88 4
Massey Composite 87 6
PiRate Ratings 66 10

KEY STATS (2022, PER GAME)

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Tennessee
Virginia
42
116
6
12
0.416
0.321
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Tennessee
Virginia
31
53
5
7
0.342
0.370
4th Down Conversion Pct Tennessee
Virginia
12
109
2
11
0.667
0.389
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Tennessee
Virginia
28
92
5
11
0.424
0.571
Blocked Kicks Tennessee 36 3 2
Blocked Kicks Allowed Tennessee
Virginia
32
117
4
13
1
4
Blocked Punts Tennessee 31 4 1
Blocked Punts Allowed Tennessee
Virginia
64
109
9
11
1
2
Completion Percentage Tennessee
Virginia
5
115
1
14
0.687
0.543
Defensive TDs
Fewest Penalties Virginia
Tennessee
42
128
4
14
70
105
Fewest Penalties Per Game Virginia
Tennessee
104
128
9
14
7.00
8.08
Fewest Penalty Yards Virginia
Tennessee
45
124
3
14
622
905
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Virginia
Tennessee
106
123
11
14
62.20
69.62
First Downs Defense Virginia
Tennessee
12
119
1
14
208
308
First Downs Offense Tennessee
Virginia
14
124
3
14
330
191
Fumbles Lost Tennessee
Virginia
60
90
3
10
8
10
Fumbles Recovered Tennessee
Virginia
20
50
4
6
11
8
Kickoff Return Defense Tennessee
Virginia
25
121
4
12
17.51
24.92
Kickoff Returns Virginia
Tennessee
32
68
8
6
22.00
19.88
Net Punting Tennessee
Virginia
86
125
10
13
37.46
34.47
Passes Had Intercepted Tennessee
Virginia
2
84
1
10
3
12
Passes Intercepted Tennessee
Virginia
51
123
4
13
11
5
Passing Offense Tennessee
Virginia
5
80
1
11
326.1
221.0
Passing Yards Allowed Virginia
Tennessee
30
126
4
12
204.4
289.5
Passing Yards per Completion Tennessee
Virginia
6
70
2
7
14.62
11.95
Punt Return Defense Tennessee
Virginia
6
116
1
13
2.50
13.08
Punt Returns Tennessee
Virginia
5
108
3
13
16.55
4.85
Red Zone Defense Tennessee
Virginia
13
100
3
13
0.750
0.882
Red Zone Offense Tennessee
Virginia
3
118
2
13
0.940
0.750
Rushing Defense Tennessee
Virginia
20
70
2
10
115.8
153.2
Rushing Offense Tennessee
Virginia
26
101
6
11
199.5
123.1
Sacks Allowed Tennessee
Virginia
64
120
7
13
2.08
3.40
Scoring Defense Tennessee
Virginia
35
48
6
7
22.8
24.0
Scoring Offense Tennessee
Virginia
1
125
1
14
46.1
17.0
Tackles for Loss Allowed Tennessee
Virginia
20
94
3
11
4.38
6.50
Team Passing Efficiency Tennessee
Virginia
1
119
1
14
181.39
108.43
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Virginia
Tennessee
33
65
4
10
123.62
130.92
Team Sacks Virginia
Tennessee
12
44
6
5
3.00
2.38
Team Tackles for Loss Tennessee
Virginia
10
96
1
13
7.2
5.0
Time of Possession Virginia
Tennessee
117
130
14
14
27:34
25:02
Total Defense Virginia
Tennessee
43
90
7
11
357.6
405.3
Total Offense Tennessee
Virginia
1
102
1
10
525.5
344.1
Turnover Margin Tennessee
Virginia
10
123
1
13
0.85
-0.90
Turnovers Gained Tennessee
Virginia
24
112
4
13
22
13
Turnovers Lost Tennessee
Virginia
9
103
1
10
11
22
Winning Percentage Tennessee
Virginia
6
111
2
12
0.846
0.300

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Virginia

QB Tony Muskett, RB Kobe Pace, WR Malik Washington, OL Noah Josey, DL Aaron Faumui, LB James Jackson, DB Malcolm Greene, P Daniel Sparks, K Will Bettridge.

Tennessee

QB Joe Milton, RB Jabari Small, WR Bru McCoy, OL Cooper Mays, DT Omari Thomas, LB Aaron Beasley, CB Doneiko Slaughter, K Charles Campbell, P Jackson Ross.

INJURIES

Virginia


Player Pos Status
J. Palmer TE Ques Sat – Back
C. Spence TE out for season – Knee

Tennessee


Name Pos Status
K. Zipperer TE Ques – Knee
R. Pearsall WR Ques – Illness
D. Zanders TE Ques Thurs – Lower Body
C. Douglas WR Ques Thurs – Undisclosed
J. Miller III QB Ques – Shoulder
T. Chiaokhiao-Bowman WR Ques – Undisclosed
C. Carroll RB out for season – Knee
C. Jones OL Out indefinitely – Foot
J. Boone DL out for season – Knee

Source: Covers.com

Virginia vs. Tennessee Football Series History

Tennessee leads 3-1

COMMENTS

Vol fans have been waiting for months for this game. Virginia finished the 2022 season with a 3-7 record. Their last two games were canceled due to a tragic shooting that left three UVa players dead. Virginia returns eight starters on the defensive side of the ball, including its entire defensive line. The Cavaliers averaged 3.0 sacks per game, the 12th highest average in the country.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Tennessee 35, Virginia 24

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Tennessee 38, Virginia 10

Saturday‘s game kicks off at (12:00 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the ABC.

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