UT vs. MSU matchup chart

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of Saturday night's Tennessee-Mississippi State game at Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1150
Site: Konxville
Date: Oct. 18
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Bulldogs - Croom


Vols

Bulldogs
OLCOMMENTSOL

MSU's only points against Auburn came on a safety. If its O-line shows up this Saturday, however, that will be more than UT's did last Saturday at Georgia.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Both Tennessee's Nick Stephens and MSU's Tyson Lee won starting jobs since the season began. Both are progressing but still taking baby steps.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Anthony Dixon is a bruiser, not flashy but effective. UT's trio of Foster, Hardesty and Creer looks pretty good when there's running room. There wasn't in Games 5 and 6.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

With Denarius Moore emerging as a deep threat, Tennessee finally has a chance to force opposing safeties to back up a few steps.


Vols

Bulldogs
DLCOMMENTSDL

If Walter Fisher were healthy, the Vols would hold a slight edge. Since he isn't, this category is a push.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

UT's Ellix Wilson leads the SEC at 10.2 tackles per game but Rico McCoy has been strangely quiet. MSU's Dominic Douglas is a quality player who bears watching.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

State's Derek Pegues is excellent. Tennessee's Eric Berry and DeAngelo Willingham rank among the SEC leaders in pass breakups.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

UT punter Britton Colquitt is back and better than ever. MSU's Blake McAdams had punts of 4 and 17 yards last week vs. Vandy.


Vols

Bulldogs
INTANGIBLES

UT's homefield advantage only matters if fans show up in big numbers and full voice. State is coming off a confidence-building upset of No. 13 Vanderbilt.

PREDICTION

Phil Fulmer usually rallies when his back is to the wall, and it definitely is to the wall right now. Tennessee 20, Mississippi State 17.


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