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Upset Alert: Tennessee Football Is Struggling With Georgia State

Jarrett Guarantano attempts a pass for Tennessee against Georgia State.

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - AUGUST 31: Jarrett Guarantano #2 of Tennessee Volunteers throws a pass against Georgia State Panthers during the first quarter of the season opener at Neyland Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)

On paper, Tennessee football's opener against Georgia State should've been an easy way to start the season. The Vols were a 26-point favorite entering the game.

That hasn't been the case as we make our way into the third quarter. The Panthers are just retook the lead, and are up 21-17.

The stat sheet is still fairly tilted towards the Vols. Tennessee outgained Georgia State 219-110 in the first half. Big plays have helped the Panthers.

A first-drive fumble by Tennessee's Ty Chandler was huge for the Panthers, and was the lone turnover by either team in the first half. The Panthers were able to start their first drive from the Vols' 23, and Georgia State took an early lead with a four-yard touchdown run by Seth Paige.

Tennessee responded with back to back touchdowns but Georgia State brought things even in the second quarter with an impressive 16-play, 81 yard touchdown drive. UT knocked through a late field goal to retake the lead, but Georgia State has opened second half scoring.

To start the half, the Panthers engineered yet another long drive, going 81 yards in nine plays for the touchdown. Dan Ellington found Aubry Payne on a six-yard completion to cap things off.

Ellington is just 7-for-15 for 92 yards but has two touchdown throws so far. Tennessee's Jarrett Guarantano is 12-for-20 for 124 yards and a score, while Chandler leads all rushers with 48 yards and a score.

There's plenty of football to be played, but Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols faithful at Neyland Stadium can't like what they've seen so far.