Five keys to the game

The Vols are on the road for the first time in 2010, facing LSU in Baton Rouge. That's the new. As for the old, UT faces another athletic team with national championship aspirations, much like Oregon and Florida.

Here are five keys to upsetting the Tigers:

1. Control, Don't Handle – Handling the crowd is one thing, and a worthy endeavor at any loud stadium. But Tiger Stadium is unique. LSU fans are known to turn on their own when things don't go well.

An early lead would have an impact on the crowd.

That's a realistic goal considering how the Vols played in the first half against the Gators and Ducks.

2. Tear 'Em Up Tauren – Some immediately point to the offensive line when UT's running game struggles. Sure, that's part of it, but tailback Tauren Poole has made the Vols look better than they are up front thanks to his one-cut-and-go style.

Slowed by a bruised quadriceps, Poole will need to be in top form on Saturday.

3. Don't P.P. - Despite what UT receiver Gerald Jones said, there's no reason to test LSU's Patrick Peterson.

Throw away from him. Punt away from him. Don't let him win the game, because he's plenty capable.

4. Surround The General – It's unrealistic to think UT quarterback Matt Simms won't get hit at all on Saturday, but there has to be a limit.

Simms is squarely in LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis' cross-hairs. Chavis wants revenge. Keep Simms upright as much as possible.

5. Action Jackson? - UT safety Janzen Jackson, perhaps the Vols' best athlete, hasn't had a game-changing play this season.

Will a return to his home state inspire him? It better.


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