UT-Auburn matchup chart

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of the Auburn Tigers and Tennessee Vols, who collide Saturday at 7:45 p.m. in Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1160
Site: Knoxville
Date: Oct. 3
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Kiffin and for the Tigers - Chizik


Vols

Tigers
OLCOMMENTSOL

There's a reason the Tigers are averaging 526 yards of total offense per game, and the blocking front is a big part of it.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Auburn's Chris Todd ranks No. 6 nationally in pass efficiency; UT's Jon Crompton No. 91.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Ben Tate and Onterio McCalebb are an excellent 1-2 punch but UT's Montario Hardesty and Bryce Brown are an even better 1-2 punch.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

We hear a lot about Vol wideouts lining up wrong, running improper routes, etc. Where there's smoke there's fire, right?


Vols

Tigers
DLCOMMENTSDL

This game features four of the SEC's finest ends - Chris Walker and Ben Martin of UT, Antonio Coleman and Michael Goggans of Auburn. Tackle Dan Williams gives the Vols an ever-so-slight edge.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

With Nick Reveiz lost for the season, Tennessee's linebacker outlook has gone from sunny to cloudy in no time flat.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

Tennessee's secondary played awful last week vs. Ohio but it should bounce back now that Dennis Rogan has returned from a one-game suspension.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

After excellent work in Weeks 1, 2 and 3, Tennessee's special-teams play imploded in Game 4. Eddie Gran won't let that happen again, especially facing his former team.


Vols

Tigers
INTANGIBLES

With Georgia, Bama and South Carolina to follow, this game is vital to the Vols. This game isn't nearly so crucial for the Tigers.

PREDICTION

Tennessee's home-field advantage proves decisive in what figures to be a seesaw battle.


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