Yesterday Brent Hubbs pointed out something I hadn't realized ($): the Vols haven't really scheduled this way before. Tennessee almost always plays their big non-conference opponent before the Gators, true. But it's either been just seven days before (Cincinnati last year, Oregon in 2010, etc.), or if it's the season opener the Vols have at least played someone with a pulse in week two (Air Force, Southern Miss, UAB, etc). We've never really had one like this, where the Vols win the huge week one game, then get an FCS flavored cupcake in week two.
As such, we'll spend much of Saturday sitting back and watching. None of us expect the Vols to have any problem with a team that just lost 33-6 to South Carolina State. All of us are interested in what will be a great SEC football Saturday, with future Vol opponents in all three major timeslots (Auburn at Mississippi State at noon, Florida at Texas A&M at 3:30, Georgia at Missouri at 7:45).
But in the three or four hours we'll spend inside Neyland Stadium, what do you want to see? Aside from new flatscreen TVs and cheaper bottles of water, here's what I'm most interested in this weekend in Knoxville:
Winning is objective one, this is two. Plain and simple.
Yards Per Carry for Vol Running Backs
Take away Cordarrelle Patterson and Tyler Bray last Friday, and UT running backs carried it 33 times for 126 yards, 3.8 per carry. That number isn't setting the world on fire ordinarily, but remember last year?
Tennessee's 2011 rushing numbers:
- Montana: 46 carries, 128 yards (2.78)
- Cincinnati: 35 carries, 126 yards (3.60)
- Florida: 21 carries, -9 yards (-0.43)
- Buffalo: 44 carries, 199 yards (4.52)
- Georgia: 23 carries, -21 yards (-0.91)
- LSU: 29 carries, 111 yards (3.83)
- Alabama: 32 carries, 92 yards (2.88)
- South Carolina: 21 carries, 35 yards (1.67)
- MTSU: 45 carries, 120 yards (2.67)
- Arkansas: 42 carries, 138 yards (3.29)
- Vanderbilt: 30 carries, 101 yards (3.37)
- Kentucky: 24 carries, 61 yards (2.54)