Matchup: LAF

This week, Tennessee takes on LAF in Knoxville. This is our take on this Vols vs Ragin Cajuns matchup.

Game #: 1138
Site: Knoxville
Date: Nov. 3
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Ragin Cajuns -


Ragin Cajuns

UT has allowed a nation's best three sacks and while the run game averages only 141.8, the per carry average is 4.4. The loss of left tackle Eric Young hurts, but UT has enough depth to overcome that. The Cajuns average 242.5 rushing yards per game, but had just 133 against Arkansas State (UT had 188 against ASU). They have given up 12 sacks and the top three rushers average at least 5.7 per carry. They start one senior, two sophomore and two freshmen.


UT's Erik Ainge had his worst game under David Cutcliffe, completing 26 of 44 throws. Most of his completions were on short passes as his fundamentals went AWOL. Desormeaux is a tough hombre who played some receiver and defensive back last year. He leads the team in rushing (883 yards). He has completed 53.4 percent of his passes for 1,106 yards for a mere 138.2 yards per game. He has eight touchdown passes, seven interceptions.


UT's Arian Foster can't seem to shake his fumble problems, but he is a talented runner. He has 700 yards, averaging 5.4 per carry. LaMarcus Coker and Montario Hardesty would start for a lot of teams. The Cajun's Tyrell Fenroy has 540 yards after rushing for almost 1,200 last year.


UT's top three receivers each have 35 or more catches. Tight end Chris Brown has 31. Lucas Taylor, who played just outside of Lafayette in Carencro, La., has been slowed by turf toe. Derrick Smith (35 catches) is the Cajuns top receiver.


Ragin Cajuns

UT's line has been disappointing, not registering many sacks or stopping the run. South Carolina's Cory Boyd had a career-high 160 yards last week, the fifth back to crack the 100-yard mark. Three teams have rushed for over 200 yards. The Cajuns give up 233.8 rushing yards per game. Ouch! The two ends average 232 pounds.


UT's Rico McCoy and Jerod Mayo make a lot of tackles, but don't make many big plays. Ryan Karl had his best game last week after avoiding the weight room. Antwyn Zanders (57 stops) and Bre Burkhalter (48) lead the team in tackles.


UT is starting two true freshmen and a junior college player, and the backup corner is a true freshman. Yet, this group, while giving up 259 yards per game, forced four turnovers against South Carolina. The Cajuns surrender 260 passing yards per game. Corner Jarrett Jones has three interceptions.

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UT is outstanding at kicker (Daniel Lincoln, 15 for 17 field goals) and punter (Britton Colquitt, 42.7 yards). Dennis Rogan replaces Jon Hefney on punt returns. Coker is fourth in the SEC in kick returns. The Cajuns have all-conference kicker Drew Edmiston (8 for 10 field goals). The punter averages 38.5. Derrick Smith averages 22.8 on kick returns. The Cajuns have 30 blocked kicks under sixth-year coach Ricky Bustle.


Ragin Cajuns

Unless someone in the media finds a way to fire up the Vols, they might have trouble getting up for this non-conference game against a 1-7 opponent. The Cajuns would love to spring a major upset, but a defense that gives up 37.8 points and 494 total yards shouldn't be much of a threat.


Tennessee 41, Louisiana-Lafayette 17.

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