Matchup chart: UT vs. UCLA

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of the Tennessee Vols and UCLA Bruins, who collide Saturday at 4 in Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1157
Site: Knoxville
Date: Sep. 12
Conference: PAC10
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Kiffin and for the Bruins - Neuheisel


Vols

Bruins
OLCOMMENTSOL

Sure, the Vol front has no depth. But how can you pick against a line that produced 380 rushing yards and allowed zero sacks in Game 1?

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

UT senior Jonathan Crompton is showing newfound poise this fall. UCLA's Kevin Prince is a redshirt freshman playing his first road game in front of 100,000 maniacs.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Jonathan Franklin (12 for 43 yards vs. San Diego State) and 230-pound Derrick Coleman (4 for 69) are excellent but you have to give Montario Hardesty and Bryce Brown the edge.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

Taylor Embree (6 catches for 97 yards vs. San Diego State) is one of the better wideouts UT will face. If Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore were 100 percent ... but they're not.


Vols

Bruins
DLCOMMENTSDL

UCLA tackle Brian Price is back after giving UT fits last fall. The Vols are stronger at end, weaker at tackle.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Vol 'backers played well in Game 1 but UCLA's Reggie Carter (6-1, 240) is a poor man's version of Florida star Brandon Spikes. He's special.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

Like UT's Eric Berry, Bruin CB Alterraun Verner is an All-American. Berry has a stronger supporting cast, though.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

UCLA's Kai Forbush is hitting 85.2 percent (46 of 54) of his career field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards. He has made 15 in a row, including 49- and 50-yarders last weekend. Simply put, he is the best in college football.


Vols

Bruins
INTANGIBLES

UT has the revenge motive after blowing last year's game. The Vols also have a humongous home-field advantage. Throw in the fact UCLA must travel cross-country to play in a muggy climate, and the Vols have everything in their favor.

PREDICTION

Big Orange Country is hopping after last week's 63-7 pasting of Western Kentucky. Look for Tennessee to ride that momentum for one more week.


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