1 Home Sweet Homecoming: Wins are guaranteed on homecoming unless you (A) schedule the No. 1-ranked team. UT did in 2002 and lost 26-3 to Miami. Or (B) fire the coach on the previous Monday. UT did in 2008 and lost 13-7 to Wyoming. Today should be good to go.
2 Ranking? No Thanks: For the first time since Akron on Sept. 22, Tennessee will not be across the line of scrimmage from a Top 25 opponent. The Vols have played the fifth-toughest schedule in the nation and, frankly, could use a break. The program has been stuck on win No. 797 since Akron.
3 Beware Air Troy: The Trojans are averaging 292 passing yards per game and that spells trouble no matter what conference (Sun Belt) they call home.
4 Gray Area: To address the expected air raid, look for freshman Daniel Gray to get significant snaps at cornerback. Freshman LaDarrell McNeil has started the past three games and Gray might be ready to join him.
5 Pound the Rock: After peaking against Georgia and Mississippi State the run game has waned the past two games. It's been a point of emphasis on the practice field this week. Rajion Neal or not, the Vols want to chew up some rushing yards.