While many teams opened their seasons last week with a big win over a cupcake, Tennessee started with a game against a BCS school.
North Carolina State is by no means one of the top teams in the country, or its conference for that matter. However, it was a more challenging game than most major programs played.
The Vols were impressive most of the night on their way to a 35-21 win.
This Saturday, they will get an opportunity to play a cupcake. Georgia State is coming off a 33-6 loss at the hands of fellow FCS member South Carolina State.
Now, they will venture into Neyland Stadium for the Vols' home opener of the 2012 season.
Here are the five keys to the game for Derek Dooley’s squad…