My pick: Orange 21, White 13

Since Phil Fulmer cared enough about the Orange & White game to try and make it competitive, I'm going to care enough about it to predict the outcome.

Here goes:

Orange offensive line vs. White defensive line: The Orange O-line features projected starters Rob Smith, Albert Toeaina and Michael Munoz. Richie Gandy will be at center, with walk-ons Matt Backus, Michael Frogg and Tyler Williams rounding out the group. The White D-line features first-teamers Justin Harrell and co-starter Karlton Neal, plus backups Turk McBride, Jared Hostetter and Tony McDaniel. Walk-on Tyler McCurry provides depth. ADVANTAGE: Orange.

Orange running backs vs. White linebackers: The Orange boasts both projected starters, tailback Cedric Houston and fullback Cory Anderson. Spring surprise David Yancey will play for both teams, so he's the X factor. Houston is very good when he isn't nicked up, and he hasn't played enough this spring to be nicked up. With a quality line and a 270-pound fullback (Anderson) in front of him, Cedric should have a good day. The White linebackers include projected starter Kevin Simon, backups Omar Gaither and Daniel Brooks, walk-ons Nick Wilson and Ron Johnson. ADVANTAGE: Orange.

Orange QB and receivers vs. White secondary: Blessed with the team's top three receivers -- Jayson Swain, Robert Meachem and Tony Brown -- Rick Clausen should have success against a White secondary that features two projected starters (Jason Allen, Brandon Johnson), plus a cast of walk-ons. ADVANTAGE: Orange ... big-time.

White offensive line vs. Orange defensive line: The White O-line features projected starters Jason Respert, Cody Douglas and tight end Victor McClure, backups Eric Young, David Ligon and Steven Jones, plus walk-on Evan Barr. The Orange boasts the Vols' two most disruptive D-linemen -- Jesse Mahelona and Parys Haralson -- plus co-starter Jason Hall, backups Greg Jones, Antonio Reynolds and LaRon Harris. ADVANTAGE: Orange.

White running backs vs. Orange linebackers: Jabari Davis fumbled so much this spring that he's listed third-team behind walk-on David Yancey. He is further hampered by so-so vision, limited agility and two walk-on fullbacks serving as lead blockers. The Orange linebacking corps features starters Kevin Burnett and Jason Mitchell, plus backups Jon Poe and Ovince Preux. ADVANTAGE: Orange.

White QB and receivers vs. Orange secondary: C.J. Leak has a great arm and reportedly was the No. 1 pick in the Vol ''draft'' for this game. His top four receivers -- Chris Hannon, Derrick Tinsley, C.J. Fayton and Jomo Fagan -- are talented but have dropped a bunch of balls this spring. Because UT's secondary talent is so thin, however, the White pass catchers should fare well against an Orange defensive backfield that features four projected backups -- Roshaun Fellows, Jarod Parrish, Antonio Gaines and Chris Heath. I think Fellows and Parrish are underrated. Still ... ADVANTAGE: White.

PROJECTION: The Orange clearly has better talent but how many snaps will the top guys play in a meaningless spring game? Also, Phil Fulmer's vow to keep the schemes ''vanilla'' will limit the pressure on C.J. Leak, which could enable him to have a field day against an Orange secondary that is green as grass. Still, the Orange should win due to superior personnel.

My pick: Orange 21, White 13.


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