Tennessee Missouri Football

Tennessee coach Butch Jones watched his team struggle mightily this season, which led to his dismissal on Sunday. The Vols are 0-6 in Southeastern Conference play — losing games by 41, 38 and 33 points — going into Saturday night's game with LSU.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


KICKOFF: 6 p.m. Saturday in Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.


RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7

SERIES: Tennessee leads 20-9-3

LAST MEETING: LSU 38, Tennessee 7 (Oct. 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tenn.)


RECORD: 4-6, 0-6 Southeastern Conference

RESULTS: Defeated Georgia Tech 42-41 (2 OT), beat Indiana State 42-7, lost to Florida 26-20, beat UMass 17-13, lost to Georgia 41-0, lost to South Carolina 15-9, lost to Alabama 45-7, lost to Kentucky 29-26, defeated Southern Miss 24-10, lost to Missouri 50-17.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Quarterback Will McBride, running back John Kelly, wide receiver Brandon Johnson

DEFENSIVE LEADERS: Linebacker Daniel Bituli, cornerback Rashaan Gaulden, safety Nigel Warrior

RUMBLINGS: Coaching chairs don’t get much hotter than the one Butch Jones was on before he was fired Sunday. In losing all six SEC games this season, his team had setbacks of 41, 38 and 33 points.


Jones used three different starting quarterbacks, which has contributed to the team’s anemic output on this side of the ball. The Vols are dead last in the SEC in passing (165.2 ypg), total yards (296.8 ypg) and scoring (20.4 ppg).


While the offense has struggled, the defense has been only slightly better. The Vols lead the SEC against the pass (157.6 ypg), but they’re last against the run (256.9 ypg) — with a heavy dose of Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams on the way.

Sheldon Mickles

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