Game preview: Troy at Tennessee

Justin Hunter

Check out InsideTennessee's preview of the Vols game with the Troy in Knoxville. Be sure to come to IT for all the latest from Neyland Stadium.


KICKOFF: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. EST
GAMEDATE: 11/3/12
SITE: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FSN
SERIES: First game
RECORDS:Tennessee 3-5, 0-5 SEC, Troy 4-4, 3-3 Sun Belt

FAST FACTS:

— Saturday's game is the first-ever meeting between Tennessee and Troy. The Trojans are the fifth Sun Belt team on the Vols' schedule in the last five years.

— Tennessee is 68-17-3 all-time on Homecoming. the Vols have won three consecutive Homecoming games.

— Tennessee has won eight games in a row vs. non-conference opponents.

— The Vols have scored 276 points in eight games this season, the four-heights point total in school history and most since 1995.

— Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley was a player at Troy. He started 40 consecutive games and was an All-Sun Belt selection as a senior in 2004.

— Ansley finished fifth in the nation in interceptions in 2003 with nine.

2012 STAT LEADERS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (3-5)

Tyler Bray — 171-278, 2282 yds., 20 TD/10 INT

Rajion Neal — 112 att., 500 yds., 5 TD

Justin Hunter — 47 catches, 657 yds., 4 TD

TROY TROJANS (4-4)

Corey Robinson — 154-244, 1806 yds., 8 TD/8 INT

Shawn Southward — 137 att., 692 yds., 7 TD

Chip Reeves — 42 catches, 660 yds., 4 TD

WHAT A WIN MEANS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (3-5)

For the Vols it is more like what a loss means. At this point, after opening the SEC schedule at 0-5, every game is a must-win for Derek Dooley from here on out. It seems as though Dooley might need to win out to keep his job and it starts with Troy.

TROY TROJANS (4-4)

For Troy, a win in Neyland Stadium would be a huge boost for their programs. Troy has a history of upsetting some big-time programs, but has struggled to do so as of late. A win over Tennessee would make national news for the Trojans.

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