KICKOFF: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. EST
SITE: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
RECORDS:Tennessee 3-5, 0-5 SEC, Troy 4-4, 3-3 Sun Belt
— Saturday's game is the first-ever meeting between Tennessee and Troy. The Trojans are the fifth Sun Belt team on the Vols' schedule in the last five years.
— Tennessee is 68-17-3 all-time on Homecoming. the Vols have won three consecutive Homecoming games.
— Tennessee has won eight games in a row vs. non-conference opponents.
— The Vols have scored 276 points in eight games this season, the four-heights point total in school history and most since 1995.
— Tennessee cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley was a player at Troy. He started 40 consecutive games and was an All-Sun Belt selection as a senior in 2004.
— Ansley finished fifth in the nation in interceptions in 2003 with nine.
2012 STAT LEADERS:
Tyler Bray — 171-278, 2282 yds., 20 TD/10 INT
Rajion Neal — 112 att., 500 yds., 5 TD
Justin Hunter — 47 catches, 657 yds., 4 TD
Corey Robinson — 154-244, 1806 yds., 8 TD/8 INT
Shawn Southward — 137 att., 692 yds., 7 TD
Chip Reeves — 42 catches, 660 yds., 4 TD
WHAT A WIN MEANS:
For the Vols it is more like what a loss means. At this point, after opening the SEC schedule at 0-5, every game is a must-win for Derek Dooley from here on out. It seems as though Dooley might need to win out to keep his job and it starts with Troy.
For Troy, a win in Neyland Stadium would be a huge boost for their programs. Troy has a history of upsetting some big-time programs, but has struggled to do so as of late. A win over Tennessee would make national news for the Trojans.