Certainly, Tennessee has some factors weighing in its favor. The Vols finally showcased a running game vs. South Carolina, thanks to Cedric Houston's return to health. But if Houston gets banged up, what then? The J-Train is hurting, while Tinsley and Riggs have been fumble-prone lately. It would be nice to see Keldrick Williams get a shot sometime but the tailback rotation is too crowded already, so that's highly unlikely.
Although Tennessee played well enough to beat South Carolina 18-10 last Saturday, the Vols still showed an alarming lack of discipline. They fumbled four times (losing two) and incurred eight penalties. And remember: UT wouldn't have switched from a field goal try to the Clausen bootleg on fourth-and-one at the Carolina 5-yard line except that it had to call a timeout due to having too many players on the field. That doesn't exactly inspire confidence, does it?
Still, the Big Orange has enough talent to be competitive. When you have a competitive team and the homefield advantage, you never know what might happen.