Tennessee Game Notes
Date: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn. Head coach: Butch Jones (56-34, 6-7 at UT) Record: 1-0
TV: SEC Network Alternate Channel
Direct TV: 611-1
Dish: 102, 349
ATT UVerse: 608SD 1608HD
Xfinity: 739 or 746 or 747 (Believe 746 is correct)
Best win: The Volunteers opened the season with a 38-7 victory over Utah State, one of the top teams in the Group of 5. The Vols have made a living off G5 teams. The victory over Utah State was their 12th straight at home over a non-Power 5 team and their 15th straight overall.
Some numbers: The Volunteers ran for 110 yards last week and passed for 273 yards. The defense allowed 244 yards. Tennessee won the turnover battle 3-0. The Volunteers played 21 true freshmen in the game, a school record.
Key players: Senior quarterback Justin Worley completed 27 of 28 passes for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns. Alton Howard caught 6 passes for 27 yards. Big Marquez North (6-4, 221) grabbed 4 passes for 41 yards and caught at TD. WR Pig Howard scored on a 8-yard run and also caught 7 passes for 37 yards. Leader on defense is preseason All-America LB A.J. Johnson.
How UT can have success: The Volunteers need to win the line of scrimmage and run the ball better than they did vs. Utah State. A controlled running game can wear down the Red Wolves' inexperienced and undersized defensive front. Avoiding turnovers is vital.
How Arkansas State can have success: Because of their tempo, the Red Wolves can cause problems if they can get the UT defense in "survival mode." The Red Wolves also need to play errorless football and try to make big plays on special teams. Another special night from Luke Ferguson would help too
Outlook for the game: Can this be one of those break through games the Red Wolves' faithful have been clamoring for? There is opportunity here. UT played 21 true freshmen in their opener and no doubt is a team for the future. Arkansas State is more experienced but does not have the depth of recent teams. We expect it to be close.
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