UT-UAB matchup chart

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of Tennessee and UAB, who collide Saturday at 12:21 in Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1172
Site: Knoxville
Date: Sep. 25
Conference: CUSA
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Dooley and for the Blazers - Callaway



UAB starts four juniors and a sophomore. Tennessee will be playing half of the game with three freshmen and two sophomores. Also, UT allowed six sacks last weekend vs. Florida.


Two heads are better than one. UAB will rotate a good passer (Bryan Ellis) and a good runner (David Isabelle). Tennessee's Matt Simms has been hot and cold.


Tennessee's Tauren Poole was shut down by Florida last weekend but he should bounce back for 100-plus yards vs. the Blazers.


Tennessee's rookie receivers are improving but until senior Gerald Jones returns to action the Vols' inexperience makes it difficult to give them the nod.



With Montori Hughes gimpy and Chris Walker sackless through three games, UT's front four is nothing special. Then again, neither is UAB's.


UAB middle linebacker Marvin Burdette has 17 tackles through three games. That's just three more than Vol MLB Nick Reveiz had in Game 3 vs. Florida.


UAB opponents are averaging 13.7 yards per completion and 282.3 passing yards per game. By comparison, UT foes are averaging 10.8 yards per completion and 151.7 passing yards per game.

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The Blazers average 44.5 net yards per punt, the Vols 36.8. The Blazers average 25.5 yards per kickoff return, the Vols 18.1. Daniel Lincoln (5 for 5 on field-goal tries) earns UT a tie.



Tennessee has the home crowd and has its back to the wall after consecutive home-field losses. UAB is riding an emotional high, however, coming off a last-second victory over Troy.


If the Vols are looking ahead to LSU, they'll lose. Surely, Derek Dooley won't let that happen.

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