The Tennessee Volunteers are entering their "second season" coming off of a heartbreaking loss to South Carolina. That puts them at a disappointing 3-5 (0-5 SEC) record.
The loss also puts the Vols in the position of having to win out to have a respectable finish to the season.
This is not the way most expected this season to go for Tennessee. Dismal best describes this, so much so that the clamoring for a new head coach is louder than it has ever been.
If any losses come in the last four games, then that clamoring will grow into a crescendo.
When: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville Tennessee
Time: 12 p.m. ET
TV: None, airing on ESPN3.com
Weather: 70 degrees for the high with a low of 40 degrees
On the season, the Troy Trojans are sitting at a record of 4-4 (3-3 Sun Belt).
Troy, like Tennessee, has a very dynamic passing attack, ranking 22nd in the nation averaging 292 yards per game. They are also a team that has been in almost every game this season.
They even took Mississippi State to the limit earlier in the season.
Given that, the Trojans absolutely have the ability to exploit the Vols' weak secondary and take them to the limit as well.
Leading Passer: Corey Robinson (154/244, 1,806 yards, 8 TD/8 INT)
Leading Rusher: Shawn Southward (137 Carries, 692 yards, 8 TD)
Leading Receiver: Chip Reeves (42 catches, 660 yards, 4 TD)
The Trojans defense is middle of the road giving up 27 points per game.
By this point in the season, fans of the Tennessee Volunteers know exactly what their team is.
They are a very dynamic offensive power averaging 297 passing yards, 159 rushing yards and 35 points per game.
It is well known that the Vols defense is extremely suspect, giving up 34 points per game, as well as giving up a plethora of big plays.
Currently, the Vols are on a four game losing streak and in serious jeopardy of making it five. This will be the case if the defense is unable to slow the passing attack of Troy.
Leading Passer: Tyler Bray (171/287, 2,282 yards, 20 TD/10 INT)
Leading Rusher: Rajion Neal (112 carries, 500 yards, 5 TD)
Leading Receiver: Justin Hunter (47 catches, 657 yards, 4 TD)