Big week for South Alabama football as it prepares to go against the Big Orange of Tennessee

South Alabama head coach Joey Jones keeps a close eye on the Jaguars during a recent practice session in the team's preparations for Saturday's game at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium. The Vols will be the second SEC team the Jags have faced, having played at Mississippi State last season. (Mike Kittrell/mkittrell@al.com)

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South Alabama head coach Joey Jones keeps a close eye on the Jaguars during a recent practice session in the team's preparations for Saturday's game at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium. The Vols will be the second SEC team the Jags have faced, having played at Mississippi State last season. (Mike Kittrell/mkittrell@al.com)

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MOBILE, Alabama - This is a big week for South Alabama's football team. Playing against SEC member Tennessee in one of the country's biggest stadiums on national television. It's the perfect scenario for the Jaguars.

Of course, it comes with some road blocks. The Jags will be facing a wounded Volunteer team that has lost two straight games (at Oregon and at Florida) that is looking to end that streak, a team that, at 2-2 and set to face Georgia and South Carolina in its next two games, needs to get a win. It is a team with big players up front on the offensive and defensive lines and with strong running backs and defensive backs.

It will be, as South Alabama head coach Joey Jones puts it, a challenge for the Jags. But it is also an opportunity.

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