Here's a number to keep in mind tomorrow: 95. That's the school record for offensive snaps in a single game, set last fall at South Carolina in the game when the momentum we're still riding was born. Since then the Vols made a bowl game for the first time in four years, won one for the first time in seven, and dominated in a way that has resonated all the way to September. Add in another top five recruiting class, a quarterback with odds for the Heisman, and an Eastern Division that could be taken, and you've got the most excitement we've felt 24 hours before kickoff since Phillip Fulmer roamed the sideline.
It will come quickly, the images of Jacksonville replaced with the images of Nashville. And it will come especially quickly against Bowling Green, with those 95 plays potentially stretching into something with three digits. Being the third fastest team in college football comes with plenty of opportunity for the other sideline, and last year there were plenty of takers against Bowling Green:
- Western Kentucky: 96 plays, 708 yards, 7.3 yards per play, 59 points
- UMass: 92 plays, 638 yards, 6.9 yards per play, 42 points
- Northern Illinois: 100 plays, 552 yards, 5.52 yards per play, 51 points
- Wisconsin: 78 plays, 756 yards, 9.6 yards per play, 68 points