Tennessee destroyed Indiana State, 42-7, on Saturday.

Water is also wet, by the way.

Here are three reasons why it happened.

Running Backs Dominate

John Kelly steals all the headlines at running back for Tennessee, and deservedly so. Against Indiana State, Kelly played like usual, recording 18 carries for 80 yards. However, it was the play of freshman Ty Chandler and sophomore Carlin Fils-Aime that turned heads in Neyland during the Vols’ home opener.

Anytime you open the game with a kickoff return for a touchdown, momentum immediately swings on your side. It also showcased Chandler’s potential as a lethal threat in multiple facets of the game. Whether Butch utilizes him more remains to be seen.

Carlin Fils-Aime also impressed, scoring two touchdowns on only two carries.

Quinten Dormady looked sharper

Dormady did lose a fumble and throw an awful interception in the end zone, but the junior appeared more comfortable with downfield throws on Saturday than he did on Monday.

Dormady finished the afternoon completing 13-of-18 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns, including another touchdown to Marquez Callaway. The pair have connected for three touchdowns so far this season.

They played Indiana State

No disrespect to the Sycamores, but if all anybody can say about your football team is that Larry Bird — a BASKETBALL player — attended your school nearly 40 years ago, then success against Tennessee is highly unlikely.

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