Factors in the Tennessee Game

UCLA travels to Knoxville Saturday to play in one of the best venues in college football, Neyland Stadium, to take on the Tennesee Volunteers. There are a number of side stories to the game, including Tennesee's head coach Lane Kiffin being Norm Chow's former protege of sorts...

-- UCLA goes on the road for the first time this season, traveling to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday. Game time is 1:00 p.m. PST.

-- The game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge calling the action.

-- UCLA is 1-0 after beating San Diego State last week, 33-14.

-- Tennessee is 1-0 after beating Western Kentucky 63-7.

-- Tennessee leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1965, with a 7-5-2 record against UCLA.

-- The Bruins won last year's meeting at the Rose Bowl, rallying for a 27-24 win in overtime.

-- UCLA hasn't traveled to Knoxville to play in Neyland Stadium since 1996, a game the Bruins lost.

-- That game, won by Tennessee, 35-20, was the largest crowd to ever see a UCLA football game, with 106,297 people packed into Neyland Stadium.

-- Tennessee is 5-1-2 against UCLA in Knoxville.

-- UCLA's last win against Tennessee came in 1994, when the then-#14-ranked UCLA knocked off the #13-ranked Volunteers, 25-23.

-- UCLA's only win in Tennessee was in 1978, when the Bruins won, 13-0.

-- Lane Kiffin, 34, is in his first year as Tennessee's coach, talking over for Phil Fulmer, who was fired after last season. Kiffin comes to Tennessee from the Oakland Raiders, where he served as head coach for two seasons. Before that, he coached at USC for six seasons in different roles, the last being offensive coordinator.

-- Pete Carroll handed Kiffin the reins of the USC offense after Norm Chow, UCLA's current offensive coordinator, left the program. There has been much made of how reportedly Carroll wanted Kiffin to take over more responsibility of the offense from Chow, and how there aren't great feelings between Chow and Kiffin.

-- Kiffin is the son of long-time NFL coach, Monte Kiffin, whom he hired as Tennessee's defensive coordinator.

-- Rick Neuheisel is 1-1 coaching against Kiffin, splitting the two meetings between Washington (when Neuheisel was the head coach) and USC (when Kiffin was a position coach).

-- Kiffin, who is a notorious talker, has made an effort to not give UCLA any bulletin board material this week. His defensive line coach, and former USC coach, Ed Orgeron, did say this week that he and Kiffin are the two people who want to beat UCLA more than anyone.

-- Tennessee's starting tailback, Montario Hardesty, also said this week that the Volunteers lost to UCLA last season because they let up too early in the game when they had established a lead.

-- Last year, at the Rose Bowl, when UCLA rallied from a 21-10 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Volunteers, 27-24, in overtime, many Volunteer followers felt it set the tone for the vastly disappointing 2008 season in which they finished 5-7 and saw their long-time head coach, Phil Fulmer, fired.

-- UCLA had 30 players with freshman or sophomore class status see action in the opener against San Diego State. 18 true and redshirt freshmen played.

-- At game time, the weather is expected to be partly cloudy, with 5-10 mph winds and a temperature around 80 degrees.

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