Matchup: UT vs. UCLA

Here's a position-by-position look at Monday night's Tennessee-UCLA football game:

Game #: 1144
Site: Pasadena
Date: Sep. 1
Conference: PAC10
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Bruins - Neuheisel


Vols

Bruins
OLCOMMENTSOL

Tennessee returns all five starters from '07. UCLA has lost three key players to injury.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Jonathan Crompton is making only his second career start for UT. UCLA's Kevin Craft is only starting because the top two QBs are hurt.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Kahlil Bell is a quality back but UT has four good backs in Foster, Hardesty, Creer and Poole.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

The Bruins' Terrance Austin is a blazer but the Vols have great depth with Lucas Taylor, Gerald Jones, Josh Briscoe and Austin Rogers.


Vols

Bruins
DLCOMMENTSDL

UCLA's Brigham Harwell and Brian Price might be the best tackle tandem UT faces all year. The Vol front four is somewhat suspect.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

UCLA returns two starters, including superstar Reggie Carter. Tennessee returns one starter, the dynamic Rico McCoy.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

Tennessee's top six DBs could play for any team in college football. Even with Brent Vinson suspended, the Vols are loaded with secondary talent.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

UCLA's Kai Forbath nailed 25 of 30 field-goal tries last year, including 5 of 5 from 50 yards or more. That's impressive.


Vols

Bruins
INTANGIBLES

UCLA's home-field advantage is negligible because Bruin fans aren't as rabid as SEC fans. Both teams have much to prove.

PREDICTION

Injuries have decimated the Bruin lineup. This could turn into a Tennessee Waltz. UT 34, UCLA 17.


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