Not that I'd ever condone gambling on sports, but let's do a little wagering. I'll give you a line related to the UT football season and you respond in the comments section with your prediction: over or under. We'll revisit these after the year, and a shout out (perhaps a prize) will go to person that guesses the most right.
Percentage of snaps taken by quarterback Terrance Owens: 65
It is my belief, as it has been all along, that Owens will be named the starter when Campbell makes the announcement later today. The loser of the battle waged between he and Austin Dantin will play, but how much?
Rushing yards by David Fluellen: 875
Eight times in the past 12 years a UT back has rushed for 1000 yards. Fluellen's high-water mark of 493 yards came last year when he was the team's third option. Now he's the go-to guy.
Regular season wins: 8.5
UT won eight regular season games in each of the past two years. No Boise States or Ohio States pop up this year, but Arizona, Wyoming, and Cincinnati are formidable.
Catches by Cordale Scott: 10
He has five in his career, all coming last year as a receiver. The fifth-year senior has transitioned to tight end, where he will start.
Sacks allowed by offensive line: 20
Breaking in three new starters, it's unrealistic to think this unit will match last year's feat of 10 sacks allowed. In fact, it's unrealistic to think any line can achieve that number.
Long field goal by J.D. Detmer: 52 yards
Detmer converted from this distance against Syracuse.
Touchdown catches by Bernard Reedy: 12
He had nine last year, with six coming in the regular season. Should assume a greater role with the departure of Eric Page.
High point total allowed by defense: 48
Rockets gave up 63 points in consecutive weeks against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.
Different starters at cornerback: 3.5
Four or five players have been engaged in a good battle. Chris Dukes and Cheatham Norrils figure to start. Norrils might be summoned to safety in the event of an injury there. Something to think about.
Average attendance for home games: 22,157
This is last year's mark. Coastal Carolina and Cincinnati replace New Hampshire and Boise State in the non-conference slate.