1. Look Out For No. 1: Tennessee is 2-8 against No. 1-ranked teams. Both of the wins came in Knoxville against SEC foes with Heisman Trophy winners on board, LSU and Billy Cannon in 1959 and Auburn and Bo Jackson in 1985. The most recent No. 1 to visit was Miami, which dominated in a 26-3 win in 2002.
2. Hail To The Chief: LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis coaches against his alma mater in Neyland Stadium for the first time. The last time Chavis was in the house was the gloomy 2008 season-finale, wrapping up 14 years as Phillip Fulmer's defensive coordinator. While the visitors' booth in the press box could seem a tad awkward, Chavis might have the best talent of his career at his disposal.
3. Running Forward: The Vols' running game will improve today, for no other reason than because it can't get any worse than last week. Keep in mind improvement could mean minus-5 yards. That's how low the bar is. Here's a prediction for positive yardage. Onward and upward.
4. Beware the Badger: LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, aka the Honey Badger, is a turnover-producing machine. Midway through his sophomore year he is already LSU's career leader in forced fumbles. The Vols could take pointers. They haven't intercepted a pass since the opener and have captured an SEC-low five turnovers. Mathieu has that many himself.
5. QB's Best Friend: After a shutout against Montana, tight end Mychal Rivera has warmed up to rank as UT's No. 2 receiver in the post-Justin Hunter world. Rivera has 19 catches for 248 yards, which makes him the only tight end among the SEC's top 10 receivers. He's on track to surpass the 39 catches by Luke Stocker in 2010 and Jason Witten in 2002. For Matt Simms' sake, Rivera had better stay on track.