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Tennessee Football Opens As Massive Favorites In Season Opener Against Virginia

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Tennessee HC Josh Heupel after defeating Florida. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

With spring turning to summer the college football offseason is hitting full gear. Las Vegas sports books are helping people scratch their college football itch by releasing game lines for a number of week one games.

Tennessee football opened as 27-point favorites in its season opener against Virginia in Nashville according to Draft Kings.

The Vols are coming off their best season in two decades posting an 11-2 record with wins over Florida, LSU, Alabama and Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Tennessee dropped road games at Georgia and South Carolina which derailed its College Football Playoff aspirations.

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While Tennessee has to replace a number of top players from its 2022 team, including Hendon Hooker, Jalin Hyatt and Darnell Wright, expectations are high for the Vols again this fall. With Joe Milton III at the helm of Josh Heupel’s offense, Las Vegas sports books set Tennessee’s regular season over/under win total at 9.5.

Expectations are low for Virginia entering the 2023 season. The Cavaliers went 3-7 a season ago while cancelling their finale two games of the season after the tragic deaths of players Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry in a shooting last November.

After an extremely challenging first season for coach Tony Elliot on-and-off the field, Virginia faces an uphill battle to be competitive in the ACC this season. Cavs’ quarterback Brennan Armstrong transferred to North Carolina State this offseason providing a hit to an already poor Virginia offense.

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Tennessee and Virginia last met in the 1991 Sugar Bowl when the Vols used a fourth quarter comeback to knock off the Cavaliers 23-22 in New Orleans.

The kick off time and broadcast details for Tennessee’s season opener against Virginia have yet to be set but the game will take place on Sept. 2 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

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