A refreshed LSU football team returns to action on Saturday as the 13th-ranked Tigers head to Knoxville to face eighth-ranked Tennessee.
LSU goes into the Tennessee game coming off an open date, while the Vols posted a 31-24 road win over South Carolina last Saturday.
1925, LSU 0, Tennessee 0
2005, Tennessee 30, LSU 27 (OT)
Phillip Fulmer, 135-38 at UT and overall, 14th year
7-1, 3-1 SEC East
2005 in Review:
5-6, 3-5 SEC
Final '05 Ranking:
Off. / Def.
Systems: Multiple / 4-3
Starters: 13; 6 offense, 5 defense, kicker, punter
Appearance: 2005 Cotton Bowl
Tennessee 38, Texas A&M
Rushing: LaMarcus Coker – 63 rushes, 393 yards, 1 TD
Passing: Erik Ainge – 246-167-8, 2,213 yards, 16 TD
Receiving: Robert Meachem – 45 catches, 868 yards, 6 TD
Tackles: Marvin Mitchell – 69 TT (45S, 24A)
W, 35-18 California ---
W, 31-30 Air Force
L, 21-20 Florida
W, 33-7 Marshall
W, 41-7 at Memphis W, 20-16
W, 51-33 at Georgia L, 27-14
W, 16-13 Alabama L, 6-3
W, 34-27 at S.C.
W, 30-27 (OT)
Tennessee WR vs. LSU
Robert Meachem vs.
Tennessee has hung its hat on its running game
in recent years. It was customary to see the Vols ranked near the top of rushing
totals in not only the SEC but the nation. But they are tossing the ball around
quite a bit on Ole' Rocky Top these days and the go-to guy is Robert Meachem. A
6-3, 210-pound junior, Meachem leads the Vols in receptions and receiving yards
with 45 catches for 868 yards and six touchdowns. A physical specimen, Meachem
could give LSU's corners some problems, but that is where LaRon Landry comes in.
The most physical player in the Tigers' secondary, Landry will try and challenge
Meachem coming over the middle.
Tennessee K vs. LSU
James Wilhoit vs.
Tennessee has been well known for producing
excellent kickers. LSU, well, that's another story. However, the Volunteers and
Tigers have two of the best in the SEC. James Wilhoit has been a major scoring
threat for the Vols this season. Wilhoit is 11-of-13 on field goals and 31-of-32
on extra points. David hasn't had that many opportunities to kick field goals,
but he is 4-of-6 on the season with a long of 45 coming in the loss at
is perfect on extra point tries, converting all 32 tries. If the game should
come down to a field goal for either team, both are well equipped to get the job
What a difference a year makes. In
2005, Erik Ainge was supposed to be the next big thing at the University of Tennessee. After a fine freshman season,
Ainge was tabbed the starter heading into the season and was supposed to lead
the Vols to the promised land. It didn't happen. Ainge was awful, finishing the
year completing just 66 of 145 passes (45.5 percent) for 737 yards and seven
touchdowns offset by five interceptions. He was yanked midway through the LSU
game and shared time the rest of the season with Rick Clausen. Enter David
Cutcliffe. The former Ole Miss head coach replaced Randy Sanders as offensive
coordinator, a job he once held in the mid-1990s, and it has made all the
difference in the world. Ainge leads the SEC in passing yards per game with 276
and is second behind JaMarcus Russell in passing efficiency. On the year, Ainge
has completed 167 of 246 passes for 2,213 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight