An early look: Scouting Tennessee, LSU’s next opponent on Saturday night
KICKOFF: 6 p.m. Saturday in Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7
SERIES: Tennessee leads 20-9-3
LAST MEETING: LSU 38, Tennessee 7 (Oct. 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tenn.)
RECORD: 4-6, 0-6 Southeastern Conference
RESULTS: Defeated Georgia Tech 42-41 (2 OT), beat Indiana State 42-7, lost to Florida 26-20, beat UMass 17-13, lost to Georgia 41-0, lost to South Carolina 15-9, lost to Alabama 45-7, lost to Kentucky 29-26, defeated Southern Miss 24-10, lost to Missouri 50-17.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Quarterback Will McBride, running back John Kelly, wide receiver Brandon Johnson
DEFENSIVE LEADERS: Linebacker Daniel Bituli, cornerback Rashaan Gaulden, safety Nigel Warrior
RUMBLINGS: Coaching chairs don’t get much hotter than the one Butch Jones was on before he was fired Sunday. In losing all six SEC games this season, his team had setbacks of 41, 38 and 33 points.
ON THE VOLS OFFENSE
Jones used three different starting quarterbacks, which has contributed to the team’s anemic output on this side of the ball. The Vols are dead last in the SEC in passing (165.2 ypg), total yards (296.8 ypg) and scoring (20.4 ppg).
ON THE VOLS DEFENSE
While the offense has struggled, the defense has been only slightly better. The Vols lead the SEC against the pass (157.6 ypg), but they’re last against the run (256.9 ypg) — with a heavy dose of Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams on the way.