UT-Oregon matchup chart

Here's a position-by-position comparison of unranked Tennessee and seventh-ranked Oregon, who collide Saturday night at Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1170
Site: Knoxville
Date: Sep. 11
Conference: PAC10
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Dooley and for the Ducks - Kelly


Vols

Ducks
OLCOMMENTSOL

Oregon starts three seniors, a junior and a sophomore. UT starts a senior, a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen. Three of UT's five second-teamers are frosh, too.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Matt Simms is making his second college start. So is Oregon's Darron Thomas. But Thomas also is making his first ROAD start.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Duck running back LaMichael James proved himself last year (1,546 rush yards). Vols' Tauren Poole is still proving himself.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

Tennessee would rate a tie in this category if Gerald Jones were healthy and available. He isn't.


Vols

Ducks
DLCOMMENTSDL

UT's front averages just 257 pounds per man, Oregon's just 259. Each team boasts a standout rush end - Kenny Rowe of Oregon, Chris Walker of Tennessee.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Oregon's Casey Matthews is a heralded middle linebacker but Vol 'backers played about as well as anyone can last week.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

UT sophomore Janzen Jackson and Oregon soph John Boyett are two of the finest young defensive backs in college football.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

UT muffed two punt returns last week, whereas Oregon scored on two punt returns last week. Even if all else is equal ...


Vols

Ducks
INTANGIBLES

Tennessee's home-field advantage is huge. So is the fact Oregon has crossed three times zones for this game.

PREDICTION

Numbers say Oregon but crystal ball says 102,000 Vol fans plus jet-lagged Ducks equals UT upset.


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