Saturday at noon, the Tennessee Volunteers will face an 8-1 Auburn team in Neyland Stadium. Saturday is Homecoming for the University of Tennessee so the stadium will be close to capacity with students and alumni alike.
The Auburn Tigers have been playing with a fire in started their season a perfect 3-0. They were handed their first loss in their fourth game to LSU. The tough road loss lit a fire under the Tigers as they’ve gone 5-0 since. Auburn has scored at least 30 points every week since the loss including a staggering 15 rushing touchdowns. The passing game has lacked all season as the Tigers are 98th in overall passing yards. The Volunteers will look to their veteran offensive line to stifle the versatile rushing attack and force Tigers’ quarterback Marshall to throw.
All of this season’s wins for the Vols have come inside Neyland Stadium. Team 117 seems to play above their talent when at home, losing to Georgia in overtime and ousting 11th ranked South Carolina with a game winning field goal from senior Michael Palardy. In front of what promises to be a full house, true freshman Joshua Dobbs will have his first home start for the Volunteers. Dobbs’ mobility will provide an extra dimension to the Vols’ offense and his cool demeanor will keep the Vols in the game right to the end.
The Auburn Tigers look to upset royalty at Saturday’s Homecoming game for the Volunteers. However, coming into Neyland Stadium with a top 15 ranking has spelled near disaster for more than one team this year.
Edited by: Will Lomas