North Carolina will face a Volunteer team that won its last four games of the season after a dismal 2-6 beginning. Can the Young Vols continue its improvement to help UT to a 7-6 record in Derek Dooley's first season?
What will be some of the key's of the game?
Who will have to stand up and be accounted for, who will become the biggest difference maker for the Vols this Thursday evening in the Music City Bowl?
The biggest difference maker so far and one of the main reasons the Vols find themselves in post season play is the performance of true freshman quarterback Tyler Bray.
Bray, who was inserted in the starting lineup after the South Carolina game, and never looked back, led the Vols to four straight wins to end the 2010 season.
Bray finished his freshman debut with 1,537 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Bray performance can definitely be defined as difference making, but lets not forget the performances of a few others either.
You have to give a lot of credit to Dooley and Vols offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. They opened up the airways and their play calling to match the talents that Bray brought to the table. That doesn't always happen with a coaching staff, sometimes a coach refuses to go away from his philosophy instead of adapting to your talent at hand.
Don't forget the playmakers on the other end of Bray passes either.
Not many fans expected the Vols to win four games in a row, but according to Dooley, no one in the Tennessee organization never wavered in their faith in what the Vols were doing.
"No one ever flinched in our organization," Dooley said earlier. "Everyone believed in what we were doing and everyone bought in."
There is no doubt that if Tennessee is to pull off the upset this Thursday evening against the Tar Heels of North Carolina, the Vols offense will have to be clicking on all cylinders.
Look for a defensive battle, but this writer feels that the Vols will continue to use the young gun at quarterback and some big time play makers to pull off the upset.