Predictions & Preview: Virginia vs Tennessee 9/02/2023

Predictions & Preview: Virginia vs Tennessee 9/02/2023

July 5, 2023


Game Preview


On September 2, 2023, the Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Cavaliers will play the first game of the season at Nissan Stadium.


Tony Elliott’s first season as Virginia’s head coach ended with a 3-7 record, so there’s no assurance things will go much better in 2023. Only 9 starters are returning for the Cavaliers, and their offense is quite uncertain. A move from Monmouth Tony Muskett is expected to take over at quarterback, but Elliott will need to lead the offense via a lot of receiver and offensive line upheaval. Although the offense might have trouble, the picture for the defense is brighter. On this side of the football, the squad has 6 of its 9 returning starters, including three All-ACC possibilities in end Chico Bennett, tackle Aaron Faumui, and safety Antonio Clary.



For the first occasion after 2007, Tennessee achieved double-digit victories last season. Josh Heupel is the program’s indisputable leader, yet the team’s high-scoring offense will need either Joe Milton or Nico Iamaleava to succeed at quarterback in order to keep its arsenal of weapons in 2023. Although Bru McCoy and Squirrel White are in line to replace Cedric Tillman and Jalin Hyatt, the Volunteers still have a couple receiver positions that need to be filled. Last season, Tennessee’s defense improved. To bridge the gap with Georgia in the SEC East, Heupel’s program will need to develop even more.


The previous year, Tennessee won 11 games thanks to an outstanding offense. It has all the necessary components to excel once more and displayed some of its upside at the Orange Bowl. Much of the team’s achievement will be determined by Milton, much as Hooker accomplished the previous 2 campaigns. But the defense and how effectively Heupel and his team addressed the gaps in the portal on the offensive line and on their defense ultimately determine the level of competition. If Tennessee improves its defense and Milton lives up to his alluring potential, the Volunteers will be competing for the SEC East championship once more.


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Virginia Cavaliers vs Tennessee Volunteers Game Information


  • Date: 09/02/2023
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.
  • How to Watch Virginia vs Tennessee: ESPN
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