Tennessee Stat Book
Justin Wilcox: Looking back on Montana, forward to Cincinnati
Jim Chaney: What the Vols need to improve before Cincinnati
1. Pound It: A modest 128 yards against Montana didn't restore confidence in UT's running game. The Vols made the commitment with 46 attempts but a 2.8-yard average won't cut it. Time to pound the rock again.
2. Or Don't: What the heck, maybe it's time to just let Tyler Bray chuck it down the field to Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers. That's obviously what the Vols do best. If that's the plan, it would be a good idea to get others receivers involved. Zach Rogers was the only other wideout with a catch in the opener and the tight ends were shut out.
3. Youth Hostile: Tennessee was the only FBS school to start three true freshmen on defense last week. Only Texas and Auburn played more than UT's 12 true freshmen. Obviously the Vols are asking some youngsters to hit the ground running and the ante goes up considerably against Cincinnati's high-octane offense.
4. BCS Skid Mark: The Vols can end an embarrassing streak with a win over the Bearcats of the Big East Conference. Tennessee has lost its past five games against nonconference BCS foes: North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia Tech and UCLA twice. The last time UT beat a BCS foe outside the SEC was Wisconsin on Jan. 1, 2008.
5. The Cincinnati Kid: Senior defensive end Ben Martin overcame two Achilles tendon injuries to get back in the starting lineup for the first time since 2009. It was a modest return, 1.5 tackles and a pass breakup. It would be a good story if the pride of La Salle High School is more disruptive against his hometown Bearcats, whose offense is capable of big plays and big numbers.
— Mike Strange