Stats don't lie: Tennessee is truly a second-half team
When looking at Tennessee’s season up to this point, it’s truly a tale of two halves.
+35 in the 4th Quarter…
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 29, 2016
The Vols rank dead-last in the SEC when it comes to scoring margin in the first quarter. Things don’t get much better in the second quarter, either — as UT registers with a scoring margin also ranked near the bottom of the conference.
The second half is a completely different story. Tennessee owns the fourth quarters — outscoring opponents by a combined 35 points. There may be several theories for this statistical breakdown.
For one, the team just might be one with a propensity to start slowly. There have been teams in the past that simply don’t perform well early in contests. A second theory could emanate from the coaching staff.
After halftime, the Volunteers seem to turn it on. The staff truly might’ve found a magical recipe for this boost in performance — from either a motivation standpoint, or simply one rooted in making the requisite adjustments.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.