Three keys to Tech win

1. Break a big one

Jayron Hosley and Smithfield product Dyrell Roberts could provide enormous boosts in this area. Tennessee is 70th in the nation in punt-return yardage defense (9.8 yards per return) and 89th in kickoff-return yardage defense (22.84 yards per return and two touchdowns surrendered).

2. Keep 'em out of the red zone

Tennessee has been adept at scoring inside the red zone (scores on 45 of 51 trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line; 20th in the nation), but not so hot at kicking long-range field goals. The Volunteers have made one of eight field-goal attempts from beyond 39 yards.

3. Feed Williams

The Volunteers, who are 59th in the nation against the run (143 yards per game), are 2-5 against teams that had a quarterback or running back gain 76 yards or more. Since running for 71 yards in the season opener against Alabama, Williams has gained 83 or more yards in every game (including 100 yards or more in nine games). See the point?

— Norm Wood