We have our first monster upset of the 2019 college football season.
It came Saturday in the confines of Neyland Stadium, as the Tennessee Volunteers were stunned at home by the Georgia State Panthers. And it wasn’t some last-minute stunner. The Panthers dominated the fourth quarter en route to a 38-30 win.
The once proud Vols program fell to a team that just became a Division I football program this decade. They also went 2-10 last season, including nine losses by multiple scores.
- Since 2005 Tennessee is 1-13 against Florida.— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 31, 2019
- Since 2007 Tennessee is 0-12 against Alabama.
- Since 2010 Tennessee is 2-7 against Georgia.
- Since 2016 Tennessee is 0-3 against Vanderbilt & South Carolina.
- Since 2019 Tennessee is 0-1 against Georgia State.
Tennessee was projected as a top 25 team in a lot of preseason rankings, as they returned much of an offense that is loaded at wide receiver, and they have a promising quarterback prospect in Jarrett Guarantano.
Depending on which oddsmaker you look at, Tennessee was favored by 26-30 points. This is actually one of the biggest upsets in college football dating back to win Kentucky won at Louisville in the 2016 season as a 28-point underdog.
But that was a Power 5 team beating a Power 5 team. This is a Georgia State that would have been considered an average (at best) FCS team a year ago, but they just pulled off what may end up being the biggest upset of the 2019 season. This also means second-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt is going to be on the hottest of hot seats for the rest of the season.
You really hate to see it, especially for a Tennessee program in the midst of yet another scandal involving violence against women.
And for the Kentucky Wildcats, this was going to be one of those toss-up games this season, so that matchup looks a heck of a lot more winnable after today.
Georgia State all-time as FBS school, playing Power 5 Programs, before Tennessee win:— Jason Lisk (@JasonLisk) August 31, 2019
2018, L 7-41 NC State
2017, L 0-56 Penn State
2016, L 17-23 Wisconsin
2015, L 28-61 Oregon
2014, L 14-45 Washington
2014, L 0-28 Clemson
2013, L 7-41 West Virginia
2013, L 3-45 Alabama