A sold out Neyland Stadium, Checkered Neyland returning, this game against Ole Miss is one of the biggest home games in several years.
Josh Heupel and his Vols will be taking on Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss at Neyland Stadium tonight.
The kickoff is at 7:30 pm.
This is the first time Lane Kiffin has returned to Knoxville as a Head Coach since leaving Tennessee for USC back in 2010.
Recently, Josh Heupel and Tennessee have been on a roll, outscoring their last two SEC opponents 113-44.
This is the first time the Vols faced Ole Miss in Neyland Stadium since 2010, Tennessee won 52-14.
Ole Miss is looking to win their first game in Neyland Stadium since 1983.
For Tennessee to finally get revenge on Kiffin and Heupel grab a win over a top 15 team, here is what the Vols must do to beat Ole Miss:
Limit Matt Corral
The main thing Tennessee needs to do is to limit Matt Corral from making any breakout plays.
Matt Corral, who is easily the Heisman favorite, is having a phenomenal season: going 101-146 for 1,497 yards and 12 TDs and 0 INTs.
Corral has also rushed for 255 yards and 8 TDs this season as well.
Tennessee has struggled with mobile QBs this season, Emory Jones from Florida being a perfect example.
Matt Corral will be the best QB Tennessee’s defense will face all season.
His quick running ability and keeping plays alive will make it difficult for the Vols.
But if Tim Banks’s defense can limit his mobile game and put pressure on Corral, Tennessee will have a shot.
Keep Your Foot On The Gas
To say that Hendon Hooker has been unbelievable this season would be an understatement.
Many have argued (which I agree with) that if he had started the Pitt game, Tennessee would be 5-1.
But despite not starting the first two games, he has come in, and the offense has never skipped a beat.
Tennessee’s offense will need to have another good game, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t.
Ole Miss has one of the worst defenses in the country, ranking at 101st.
Tennessee does not need to call a perfect game by any stretch, but they need to put their foot on the gas when it comes to the play calling.
If they continue to be aggressive with the play calling in the 2nd half and keep the Ole Miss defense guessing, Tennessee will be able to outscore Ole Miss.
Take Advantage of Ole Miss Poor Rushing Defense
Last but certainly not least, Tennessee needs to take advantage of Ole Miss’s poor rushing defense.
Tennessee did a great job against Missouri, who has the worst rushing defense in the country, running for 458 yards.
Ole Miss is similar to Missouri’s rushing defense, being ranked at 106th and allowing 191.2 yards a game on average.
While they are not as awful as Missouri’s rushing defense (gives up 287.2 yards a game), Tennessee should still not have issues against them.
Even if Tiyon Evans is unavailable today, Small and Whitehead should not have any problems against Ole Miss.
If Tennessee can rush for 200 yards on the ground and mix up the play calling, Tennessee will have a great chance to come out with a win tonight.
This is the biggest home game Tennessee has held in years.
The first sellout in four years, return of checkered Neyland, and the return of Lane Kiffin, Neyland Stadium will be the loudest it has been in a long time.
As Vol fans, we have dealt with nothing but heartbreak and frustration over the last 11 years.
With a win tonight, we can end all of that against the man who started the downfall of Tennessee Football.