||OREGON at TENNESSEE
7 p.m. ET
Shields-Watkins Field/Neyland Stadium (102,455)
|LIVE TV: ESPN2
[Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Craig James, analyst; Heather Cox, sidelines]
Chip Kelly is in his second season at Oregon and overall with a record of 11-3 (.786). The Ducks' offensive coordinator is Mark Helfrich and the defensive coordinator is Nick Aliotti .
Derek Dooley is in his first season at Tennessee and in his fourth season overall with a record of 18-20 (.474). The Volunteers' offensive coordinator is Jim Chaney and the defensive coordinator is Justin Wilcox.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN OREGON HAS THE BALL
Kenjon Barner replaced the suspended running back LaMichael James for the 11th-ranked Ducks and ran for a career-high 147 yards and four touchdowns before catching another score as Oregon opened the season with a 72-0 rout of New Mexico on Saturday. Barner was the star with 225 all-purpose yards. His one catch was a 60-yard scoring strike from Thomas in the second quarter. Quarterback Darron Thomas, making his debut as the Oregon starter, completed 13 of 23 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
In his first game playing defense, Austin Johnson collected five tackles, including one in the end zone that gave the Vols their first safety since the UCLA game in 2009. He also had an interception that ended a Skyhawks drive in the third quarter and setup a touchdown for the Big Orange. Seven freshmen played on defense for Tennessee against UT Martin. Nick Reveiz made his return to the playing field against UT Martin for the first time since Sept. 26, 2009. In just 10 games last season, Janzen Jackson native racked up 37 tackles, recorded a sack for an 11-yard loss and had a 29-yard interception return.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN TENNESSEE HAS THE BALL
Led by seniors Spencer Paysinger and Casey Matthews, there may not be a deeper or more experienced position on the team than linebacker. Paysinger, the Ducks' second-leading tackler, has started 19 straight games at weakside linebacker and his 25 career opening assignments are the most by any defensive player and second-most on the team (WR Jeff Maehl, 29). Matthews, a second-team all-conference choice, has 20 consecutive starts at middle linebacker and was one of only three players to surpass 1,000 plays in 2009.
Junior Tauren Poole made his first start and led the charge on the ground for UT, scoring a pair of touchdowns and finishing with a career-high 110 yards on 17 carries. Sophomore David Oku, who mainly served as a return specialist as a freshman, set a new career high in rushing with just one run: a 44-yard breakaway touchdown in the first quarter. Junior Matt Simms made his debut at quarterback last week, completing 14 of 24 passes for 181 yards and 1 touchdown. In his junior slate, Luke Stocker's numbers increased by 16 receptions, 250 yards, and five touchdowns.
Cliff Harris scored on punt returns of 61 and 64 yards last week as Oregon built a 59-0 halftime lead. No Duck has ever had two punt returns for touchdowns in a single game.
Senior placekicker Daniel Lincoln earned starting PK duties and will attempt to cement his mark in the Big Orange record books. With two field goals against Martin, the Ocala, Fla., native lacks just nine more to tie John Becksvort for fifth place in on the all-time Vols leaderboard. Lincoln had a a team-leading 12 points against the Skyhawks. Chad Cunningham has 15 punts for 50 yards or more, including a career-best 58-yarder against Alabama in 2009.
Record: First Meeting
The Vols are in the midst of a somewhat rare four-game homestand to start the season... The Vols went 3-1 in both 2004 and 2006 when playing most of September at Neyland Stadium...A Pac-10 opponent has been on the Vols' schedule the last four seasons... Tennessee played California in a home-and-home series in 2006 and 2007 and UCLA in 2008 and 2009... Tennessee is 14-13-3 all-time against current members of the Pac-10.