The Volunteers are converting 57 percent of their third-down attempts and have turned the ball over just four times.
However, the UT rushing attack is averaging just 2.4 yards per carry and has crossed the plane of the end zone via the ground just four times.
Saturday's opponent, Buffalo (1-3), put in its time on campus over the summer as the Bulls collectively added over 800 pounds.
Since run blocking in its most simplest form is pushing your foe around to create holes for ball carriers, the Vol offense may still have issues moving the chains without having to rely heavily on quarterback Tyler Bray and the passing game.
Kickoff between the first-time foes is at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday afternoon at 12:35 (TV: CSS).
Click play on the video below to see what Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney had to say about Buffalo and his scheme for a victory.