1. Wrap Artists: One of the reasons Tennessee yielded 544 yards to UAB last week was shoddy tackling. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox described the number of missed tackles as "astronomical.'' Head coach Derek Dooley vowed the Vols would get it fixed with physical practice sessions. LSU tailback Stevan Ridley is big and physical and it will take wrapping up strong to get him on the ground.
2. Unlucky Number 7: LSU's No. 7 is Patrick Peterson and the Vols don't want to kick the football anywhere near him. Peterson averages an eye-popping 28.1 yards on punt returns and has two touchdowns in the book already this year. He also averages a healthy 31.7 on kickoff returns. Placement and execution are essential on both punts and kickoffs - or else.
3. Road Rookies: Almost half of Tennessee's travel squad is making its first road trip. Dooley has to make sure none of his guys wander off course into Mike The Tiger's caged compound. Tiger Stadium itself is hostile enough. The Vols, particularly the offensive line, have to overcome the noise factor and find a way to communicate and keep the false-start penalties to a minimum.
4. Jones to the Rescue: Before he got hurt in the season-opener, senior receiver Gerald Jones was UT's favorite target on third down. With Jones on the shelf the Vols have plummeted to 119th in the nation in third-down conversion percentage. Jones is finally back, rested and ready to move the chains.
5. Mr. Perfect: Only one kicker in the nation has a better record than Daniel Lincoln's 7-for-7 on field-goal tries in 2010. LSU's defense yields points grudgingly and Lincoln is likely to be called on more than once to finish a stalled drive. The senior ranks sixth on UT's career chart with 48 field goals and could get all the way past second-place Jeff Hall (61) if he keeps up his pace the rest of the season. Fuad Reveiz set the standard at 71.