Five things the Vols must do to win

What five things must Tennessee do to secure a win against Alabama Birmingham on Saturday? Derek Dooley is looking for his second win as the Vols head coach after back-to-back losses to two top 10 teams. Go "Inside" to see what Dave Hooker has to say about the matter.

Raise your hand if you're a Tennessee football fan ready for a win.

Duly noted. Well, there is good news coming to town. Even in a rebuilding year, the Vols are a clear favorite to beat Alabama-Birmingham this weekend.

Here are five things UT must do to break its two-game losing streak.

Volunteer – The Vols had some quit in them against Oregon. That shouldn't happen for the rest of the season. It's simply inexcusable. Play a full 60 minutes of football (like UT did against Florida) and UAB can't hang.

Clean It Up – Turnovers, namely untimely interceptions, were a primary reason the Vols lost to Florida. There's no reason quarterback Matt Simms should make similar mistakes against UAB.

Score, Score, Score – UT's offense has the advantage over UAB's defense, which has struggled mightily this season. Saturday's game won't be close if the Vols' offense plays anywhere close to its potential. Of course, that will depend on UT's rebuilt offensive line, which leads us to...

Don't Get Fresh – The Vols will play freshman James Stone at left guard in place of injured lineman JerQuari Schofield, a redshirt freshman. Another freshman, Zach Fulton, will split time with senior Jarrod Shaw at right guard. UT's line keeps getting younger. Feel free to be empathetic, but not against a non-BCS program like UAB.

Adjust – UT's defense will face a two-quarterback attack for the first time this season. Defend passer Bryan Ellis (the starter) and contain runner David Isabelle. And do both from drive-to-drive and maybe from snap-to-snap.


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