KICKOFF: 11 a.m. Saturday, Tiger Stadium
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RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1 (Baton Rouge); WWL-AM/FM, 870/105.3 (New Orleans); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette)
SERIES: Tennessee leads 20-10-3
OPENING LINE: Tennessee by 3½
RECORD: 4-0, 1-0 SEC
LAST THREE GAMES: Defeated Pittsburgh 34-27 (OT), defeated Akron 63-6, defeated Florida 38-33
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Quarterback Hendon Hooker, running back Jaylen Wright, wide receiver Jalin Hyatt
DEFENSIVE LEADERS: Defensive end Byron Young, linebacker Jeremy Banks, safety Trevon Flowers
RUMBLINGS: The Vols were picked to finish third in the SEC East behind Georgia and Kentucky. But they’ve beaten two ranked teams in No. 17 Pitt and No. 20 Florida to climb up the polls. Tennessee was idle Saturday, but it remained No. 8 in the AP poll released Sunday — the school’s highest ranking since it was No. 7 on October 15, 2006.
ON THE VOLS OFFENSE
Under second-year coach Josh Heupel directed some record-breaking offenses at UCF, Tennessee is off to a fast start. Hooker, a preseason second-team All-SEC selection, is the catalyst for a unit that leads the FBS in total yards (559.2 yards per game) and is second in passing (365.8 ypg) and scoring (48.5 ppg).
ON THE VOLS DEFENSE
Young, a 245-pound edge rusher who was a first-team All-SEC pick this summer, leads an imposing front seven. They are 21st in FBS in giving up 97.8 yards rushing a game and 18th in holding teams to 28.3% on third downs. However, they have been vulnerable to the pass and are 128th out of 131 teams in allowing 309.2 yards per game.