LSU (6-2) AT TENNESSEE (7-1)
TV: Ch. 2
Last week: LSU was off. Tennessee won at South Carolina, 31-24.
Last meeting: Tennessee won, 30-27 in overtime, last year.
Trends to watch: In wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Arizona, Tulane, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Fresno State (combined record of 17-30), Tigers have averaged 46 points per game. In losses to Auburn and Florida (combined record of 15-2), LSU has averaged 6.5 points.
Players to watch: LSU QB JaMarcus Russell has 14 TDs, 1 int. in Tigers' wins, 1 TD, 3 ints. in LSU losses. Tennessee QB Erik Ainge (22-of-30, 301 passing, 3 TDs, 0 ints. in fourth quarter of last three wins) should play despite spraining ankle last week.
LSU will win if... If its defense continues to dominate. The Tigers lead the nation in total defense (211.6 ypg) and are second in scoring (8.2 ppg) with DE Tyson Jackson (6 sacks), DT Glenn Dorsey (7 tackles for loss) leading way.
Tennessee will win if... It can continue to dominate in the fourth quarter. UT has showed great finishing kick lately, outscoring foes 85-20 in final quarter of last four wins.
Extra points: LSU coach Les Miles is 15-5 in his second year ... Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is 135-38 in 15 seasons with the Vols ... Tennessee leads, 20-5-3 ...Vols need win to stay on heels of Florida in SEC East but are 2-6 vs. ranked teams at home since 2002 ... Vol WR trio of Robert Meachem (45 catches, 6 TDs), Brett Smith (23 catches, 4 TDs in last four games), Jayson Swain might be nation's best. ...Tigers really need win here and especially want revenge for last year when LSU blew 21-0 halftime lead to Vols, who eventually crashed to 5-6 finish.