Week 4 - Akron at Tennessee

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Week 4 CFN Fearless Prediction – Akron at Tennessee

Akron (1-2) at Tennessee (2-1) Sept. 22, 7:30, ESPN3

Here's The Deal: There's a chance this could be wild with lots and lots of points as Terry Bowden returns to the SEC with an Akron team that's starting to wing it around a bit. The Zips have been far more entertaining and exciting after starting out getting blown away by UCF hanging 104 points on the board over the last two weeks. The passing game is bombing away for 378 yards per game, while the Volunteers, despite facing a strong Florida team in last week's loss, is chucking it for 321 yards per game. With a road game at Georgia up next to try to get back in the SEC East race, the Vols have to use this as a bit of a tune-up, but if Akron get rolling, it could be a fight.

Why Akron Might Win: Bombs away. Bowden has helped turn quarterback Dalton Williams into a big-time playmaker throwing for 1,004 yards and ten touchdown with just three picks. While he's a bit banged up with a rib problem, Williams has the arm and the moxie fight through the problems and push the offense a bit. Tennessee isn't Morgan State, but Williams was able to throw for 245 yards on UCF and threw five scoring passes against a solid FIU team. The Tennessee secondary hasn't exactly been pushed yet.

Why Tennessee Might Win: Bombs away. The stats look good because the Zips faced the passing-challenged Morgan State team and were run over by UCF and FIU, but technically the pass defense isn't bad. That's about to change. The Tennessee offensive line has done a great job of keeping Tyler Bray upright, and while the Zips will sell out a bit to get into the backfield, Bray shouldn't have problems getting the ball out of his hands in a hurry. Akron's passing game might statistically good, but Tennessee's is at a whole other level.

What To Watch Out For: The Tennessee defense suffered a major hit losing playmaker Brian Randolph for the year with a knee injury. The sophomore safety leads the team in tackles with 22 so far with two broken up passes, but now it will be up to Brent Brewer, who made 24 tackles last year, but he suffered a knee injury late last year and still has to prove he's 100%. A mature player who spent four years in the Milwaukee Brewer farm system, he doesn't get rattled.

What Will Happen: Expect 700 yards of passing between the two teams and lots of fun, but it'll be Tennessee that comes out roaring and forces Akron to play catchup. The Vols will stay comfortably ahead.

CFN Prediction: Tennessee 55 … Akron 17
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Tennessee -35 O/U: 50
Must Watch Rating (5 – Ray Lewis: A Football Life, 1 – Frankenweenie): 2