Music City Bowl important match-up

Thursday evening's matchup between Tennessee and North Carolina in the Music City Bowl in Nashville will definitely have more Orange that Powder Blue in the stands of LP Field. Go "Inside" to get our Five key factors Offensively for the Vols to be successful against the favored Tar Heels.

Tennessee has a lot to prove when it faces ACC foe North Carolina in Thursday evening Music City Bowl.

A young Vol team is the underdog going into Thursday's nationally televised game bowl in Nashville. What many football fans and football analyst aren't taking in account is the Power of the Orange.

"This will be the fourth stadium we have played in this season in our home state," Dooley said in an earlier interview. "It's an awesome feeling to the home field advantage outside the walls of our own stadium. I'm sure that there will be an abundance of Orange for the Bowl Game in Nashville, our fans are incredible."

LP Field, the home of the Tennessee Titans, can hold 69,143 fans, expect over 50,000 of them to be decked out in Orange.

How important is it to have the home field advantage in fans?

"It's great," Dooley said earlier. "To play in another stadium in your home state and have the majority of the fans there supporting team is incredible. The guys feed off of it, it definitely helps."

Tennessee started it's four game winning streak inside the friendly combines of the Liberty Bowl where there was three to one more Orange than Blue in the stands.

They continued that by having vast majority of fans at Vanderbilt before ending the four game winning streak at home against Kentucky.

Neyland Stadium has always be an intimidating place to play, with over 100,000 screaming fans in Orange.

Other than the home field advantage what are five keys to the game for the Vols offensively for Tennessee to be successful against North Carolina. We at InsideTennessee.com feel these five factors will be key for a UT victory.

No. 1 key factor: The Vols must protect Tyler Bray from injury. A young offensive line gave up a lot of sacks early in the season. Will two weeks of extra practice help in the maturity and growth of this group. Allowing no sacks and keeping the heat off of Bray will be vital for the Vol's success.

No. 2 key factor: Must protect the football and avoid turnovers. This includes fumbles and interceptions. Early success for Bray is key for this young team to build confidence.

No. 3 key factor: Vols must have success on the ground and establish a ground game against a good Tar Heel defense. A balance offensive attack will be key. UT used the airways a lot in the last four games, but establishing a running game will be key for success against NC. Tauren Poole needs to have his best game of the year.

No. 4 key factor: For Bray to have success throwing the ball, his wide receivers, a very talented and solid group need to have a great night making big plays. What better way for Gerald Jones and Denarious Moore to end their careers in the Big Orange than to have a night full of big time plays.

No. 5 Key factor: Winning the time of possession is key. This is one reason that establishing a successful running game is important. Tennessee's offense has to do a better job keeping it's defensive unit off the field. The better the offense does controlling the clock, the more success the Vols will have against North Carolina.


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