Ball State vs. Tennessee – Week 1 Game Analysis

College Football is an exciting time for the Fall season. We miss College Football, and it’s finally back. Ball State Cardinals took on the Season Opener against the Tennessee Volunteers. How impressive would it be if Ball State pulled off an upset in Week 1 against the Volunteers? Well, that didn’t happen last night. It wasn’t even close. The Volunteers were in complete command over the Cardinals from start to finish.

The Cardinals looked awful in this game. On the game’s first play, quarterback John Paddock threw an interception, a sign of a fateful night that’s about to take place for the Cardinals. Paddock threw two interceptions and completed 27 of his 43 passes. The volunteers had a terrific offensive game. They made this game look so easy. Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker led this team not just with his arms but with his legs as well. He completed 18 of his 25 passes, rushed for two touchdowns (both came in the first half), and threw for 222 yards with two more touchdowns. Running backs Jaylen Wright, Jabari Small, and Dylan Sampson combined for three touchdowns and 183 yards. The Cardinal’s defense had no answer for the Volunteer’s offense. The Volunteers did an impeccable job running routes, finding open spots and gaps, and their offensive lineman protected their quarterback effectively. 

Volunteers defense pressured the quarterback and their running Carson Steele all night long. Steele was limited to just 27 yards. Those numbers won’t help the Cardinals get the job done. Volunteers won this game, 59-10. 

Ball State will need to regroup and return to the drawing board to perform better in Week 2, as they will take on Western Michigan for the home opener. Tennessee Volunteers will head to Pittsburgh for a must-see TV game. Both teams are outstanding, especially on offense. It will be an entertaining matchup to witness on the TV screen. 

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