Game preview: Troy at Tennessee

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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