1. Turnovers: Football coaches have a love/hate relationship with turnovers and for good reason. The Vols were down a combined 9-1 in the turnover ratio in losses to Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina but up 10-1 in wins over Memphis and Ole Miss. And a 4-0 edge is how UT nearly upset LSU.
2. Running on Empty: It's never too late to get some juice in the running game. Tennessee ranks last in the SEC at 118.9 rushing yards a game. It would be a huge boost for a team trying to get to and win a bowl game to make opponents pay some semblance of respect to the run. Guess who's last in the SEC in rushing defense?
3. Protect the Man: Freshman Tyler Bray, aka Mr. November, has injected life into Tennessee's offense. He's put up prolific passing numbers in his two starts but he's still getting hit a lot. Even if the hits don't knock him out of a game, they affect his accuracy. Build a wall.
4. Shut the Dore: Vanderbilt has the least threatening offense in the SEC. Still, Tennessee's defense doesn't want to help the Commodores by giving away any bonus yardage. Missed tackles kept popping up in the win over Ole Miss. That needs to get fixed before the Vols see Randall Cobb next week.
5. Paging Mr. Good Hands: Can't anybody on this team hold on to a punt? Tennessee's inability to successfully field a punt has grown farcical. But nobody on the coaching staff is laughing. Glue? Duct tape? Something's got to work.
- Mike Strange