1- The Game After: Even if Tennessee covers the spread and then some against 34-point underdog Akron, it won't make folks feel any better about the Florida loss. But the Vols certainly don't want to piddle around and make things worse. Winning big is the safe plan.
2- Fresh Faces: Look for several freshmen to get snaps, especially in the secondary that is reshaping after a rough night against Florida that included the loss of safety Brian Randolph. LaDarrell McNeil, Deion Bonner and Daniel Gray need to get up to speed before a brutal run of SEC games.
3- Turn On the Turnovers: An aggressive defense producing turnovers was the good-news story against N.C. State. The past two games, though, take-aways have slowed to a trickle. Back-up Geraldo Orta had the only interception against Georgia State, and Florida played turnover-free. The way Akron throws the ball around, there will be chances tonight.
4- Run Some Clock: Akron's only chance is to have success throwing the ball, keeping UT's defense on the field and hoping for a breakdown. A good counter would be a time-consuming, chain-moving running game. Are the Vols up to it?
5- State of Ohio: The Vols haven't been beaten by a team from the Buckeye State since 1904. The winning streak hit 12 with the romp over Cincinnati last year.