November 8, 2012
Vols vs. Tigers: The match-up
Tennessee (4-5, 0-5) welcomes Missouri (4-5, 1-5) to Neyland Stadium on Saturday for the inaugural meeting as SEC foes. The Tigers have had a rough start to SEC membership but the Vols have plenty of problems of their own to address, specifically a leaky defense that's major cause for concern. Let's dive into the match-ups.
Missouri is a team that doesn't come at you with a lot of aggression in the secondary, but prefers to mix up coverages and try to force you to execute long drives. That's worked to some success this fall, as they rank fourth in the SEC in and 15th nationally pass defense (183 yards per game). The defense has only come up with five interceptions on the year though. There will be plenty of opportunities to make plays here, but the Vols will have to take advantage of the underneath stuff. Junior cornerback E.J. Gaines leads a veteran unit that will try shut down the Vols high-powered passing attack.
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Tennessee's passing game continues to be the driving force behind one of the top offenses in the SEC. The Vols will get a little stiffer test this week, but with Tyler Bray coming off a school record 530 yards and five TD passes last week it's safe to say that this group is operating at a high level. Cordarrelle Patterson got untracked in the way fans have been clamoring for against Troy, catching nine passes for 219 yards and generally looking unstoppable at times. In his last two games Bray has thrown for nearly 900 yards and nine TD's, a pace that. Zach Rogers' (25 catches, 417 yards, 5 TD's) emergence as a dangerous third target as only added another dangerous element to this passing attack.
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