Tennessee Football 2010: A Primer

Submitted by steve sharik on December 4th, 2010 at 3:02 AM


  • #100 Rush Offense
  • #35 Pass Offense
  • #72 Total Offense
  • #64 Scoring Offense (27 ppg)
  • #64 Rush Defense
  • #82 Pass Defense
  • #70 Total Defense
  • #56 Scoring Defense (24.67 ppg)
  • #32 TO Margin (+5)
  • #18 in TOs gained (26)
  • #87 3rd Down Conversions (36.42%)
  • #66 3rd Down Coversion Defense (39.77%)
  • #91 in Gaining 1st Downs (17.58 pg)
  • #59 in Allowing 1st Downs (19.5 pg)
  • #99 Red Zone Offense (<50% TD rate)
  • #27 Red Zone Defense (allowed only 24 TDs on 44 drives)


  • Michigan is currently #47 in overall FEI (Fremeau Efficiency Index)
  • Tennesse is #62


  • Michigan is #30 in S&P (a combo of success rate [50% of yards to go on 1st down, 70% on 2nd down, 100% on 3rd and/or 4th down] and points per play)
  • Tennessee is #53


  • The Football Outsiders Use F/+ as their "official" rankings.  F/+ is a combo of FEI and S&P.
  • Michigan is #36
  • Tennessee is #55

It looks like if we can take care of the football, this is a very winnable game.


Blue since birth

December 4th, 2010 at 3:24 AM ^

I'm still hoping for Florida. Highest profile and very winnable.

... I do have a some inlaws who are big UT fans though. Which would make it a little more interesting on a personal level.


December 4th, 2010 at 7:17 AM ^

will ignore its home town team, Stanford, and choose TCU or some other non-PAC-10 school? Is it because Stanford fans don't even come to their own home games?


December 4th, 2010 at 9:58 AM ^

Because of the location, I am guessing that this rule was put in to appease Utah and/or BSU, whichever qualified first.  I'm pretty sure they had no idea TCU would end up being the "party crasher." I wonder how many TCU fans will go all the way to Cali to watch a bowl game?  It would have been a lot easier trip for the fanbases of Utah or BSU. 

tn wolverine

December 4th, 2010 at 11:30 AM ^

I'm with you 100% bighouseinmate living here for the last 29 years has had lots of ups and downs. The biggest up was being out with my wife for my Birthday on Dec. 13 1997. When they announced the Heisman winner on the tv in the bar we were at and I screamed YEESSS to the irritated grumblings of all the orange clad Manningites. That was so sweet, Beating them in the Gator Bowl would be another savory moment in my time here in Tenneessee.


December 4th, 2010 at 11:39 AM ^

UT is a tough team to figure.   First part of the season they looked terrible, but since moving Tyler Bray into the lineup, they've definitely had much better results, winning their last four.   Of course, that also coincides with moving into a much easier part of their schedule.

Has anyone seen them recently and can comment on how much of their winning streak has been due to improved play vs. easier competition?


December 4th, 2010 at 12:05 PM ^

my very un-professional opinion would be that they've actually gotten better. They played close until halftime against oregon, lsu and alabama, to only get blown away later. They have a very average to above average offensive line, tyler bray has really settled down and a backfield with oku and poole has really been moving the ball well. wide receiver justin hunter has come on lately and really turned into a big play receiver along with darrick rogers, they could really do some damage against us.