Saturday, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN
Play-by-play: Dave Pasch | Analysis: Brock Huard | Sideline: Tom Luginbill
Online streaming: ESPN3
Opening line: Auburn -7.5 | Over-under: 55
Series history: Auburn 27-21-3 | At Knoxville: Tennessee 14-9-2 | Last 10: Auburn 5-4-1
Last meeting: Auburn 26, Tennessee 22, Oct. 3, 2009, Neyland Stadium
Game-time forecast: A high of 61 and a 4 percent chance of rain.
Head coach: Butch Jones (first year; seventh year overall: 54-32)
Offensive coordinator: Mike Bajakian (multiple)
Defensive coordinator: John Jancek (4-3)
SB Nation affiliate: Rocky Top Talk
For the second week in a row, Auburn hits the road to face a team with a first-year coach. And for the second week in a row, that coach isn't having nearly as much success as the Tigers' first-year man, Gus Malzahn. In fairness to Jones, he is having to climb out of a deep crater left by former head coach Derek Dooley, and he at least has his team playing well at home. In their last game at Neyland Stadium, the Vols upset South Carolina, 23-21.
The last two weeks, however, have featured two lopsided losses on the road. Tennessee has fallen to SEC division leaders Alabama and Missouri by a combined 76-13, and the Vols lost starting quarterback Justin Worley in the process. Getting back to Knoxville should help their chances, but they're facing an awful lot of negative momentum right now.
KEY VOLUNTEERS ON OFFENSE
Rajion Neal, RB -- Neal is the Vols' biggest playmaker, and if they're going to pull the upset, he'll have to come up with a big day. In nine games, he's compiled 771 yards (sixth in the SEC) and nine touchdowns.
Pig Howard, WR -- With Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter, Mychal Rivera and Zach Rogers gone, Tennessee didn't have much proven talent at receiver entering 2013. Howard has made the most catches this season, hauling in 36 for 344 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns.
Joshua Dobbs, QB -- Dobbs is a freshman backup, but he'll start his second game in a row due to Worley's thumb injury. Through one start and one relief appearance over the last two weeks, he's completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 315 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
KEY VOLUNTEERS ON DEFENSE
Marlon Walls, DE -- Walls is Tennessee's best defensive lineman, and he represents the Vols' best chance at slowing down the Auburn offense. His 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks lead the team, and he's added 19 tackles, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
Brian Randolph, FS -- Randolph is the kind of ball hawk a team wants in its defensive backfield, and the sophomore has come up with a few big plays this year. He has three interceptions, 53 tackles, two tackles for loss and two passes broken up.
A.J. Johnson, LB -- Johnson leads Tennessee with 76 tackles to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss, three QB hurries and two pass breakups. Expect to hear his name a lot on Saturday.
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