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Revenge this, revenge that. Cal couldn’t compete with the big boys from the SEC last year. Don’t be fooled by the 345-18 final score of that whipping – it was 35-3 after three quarters, complete and utter domination. I’m not convinced that things are going to be much better for the Bears this time around. The Bears are just 4-6 ATS as a home favorite over the last two years. Their defense was susceptible to power rushing games all year – Washington, UCLA, Texas A+M and yes, these same Volunteers all enjoyed success on the ground against their vulnerable front seven. The front seven looks worse, not better, heading into 2007, and they lost their best cornerback to the NFL (Daymeion Hughes), leaving a redshirt frosh his projected replacement.
Tennessee has a senior quarterback in Erik Ainge. They went 4-1 on the road last year, and have road wins over LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Miami-FL over the last few seasons; 8-3 ATS in their last eleven tries as underdogs. While I’ve had my share of concerns about Phil Fulmer’s coaching acumen in recent seasons, the talent level in Knoxville hasn’t dropped off one iota. A good (not great) team from the SEC shouldn’t be catching this many points against a good (not great) team from the PAC-10 – there is a class difference between these two conferences for every team except USC. Let’s not forget that Fulmer gets his team prepared – Tennessee has won twelve consecutive openers. First Lean: Tennessee +