1 A Rivalry Begins: The first game between Tennessee and Missouri, which share a distant 50-mile Mississippi River border, launches a new era of SEC East ramifications. Let's just say the inaugural meeting finds both programs hoping for better days.
2Two Heads Better: Safeties coach Josh Conklin will have an increased voice in directing UT's defense today. To what extent he and coordinator Sal Sunseri collaborate remains to be seen. Here's predicting Mizzou falls short of Troy's 721 yards last week.
3 Ray-Bans Anyone?: With another early kickoff and forecast for a sunny day, UT's offense should call pass plays accordingly. Last week, sun glare was blamed in two dropped Tyler Bray passes that would have been touchdowns.
4James Franklin I: Next week the Vols have to beat Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. Today they have to actually tackle James Franklin. The Tigers' quarterback certainly hasn't had the season he wanted, due in part to injuries. If he finally musters his game of the year today, UT is in trouble.
5Overtime Kings: If it's tied (55-55?) after 60 minutes, no problem. Missouri and UT are the only FBS programs with 10 overtime wins. The Vols are 10-3 in overtime, the Tigers 10-4. Dooley is 2-1, with wins over Vanderbilt and UAB and a loss to North Carolina. The Vols are 6-0 at home in overtime.
— Mike Strange