Saturday, the Tennessee Volunteers will take on the University of Texas at El-Paso (UTEP) Miners in Neyland Stadium. In what is likely to end up being be a pretty straightforward game, Tennessee will try to collect its second win of the season, while UTEP is still looking for its first.
Just in case you don’t know much about this matchup going into the weekend, let’s take a look at some of the numbers you should know before kickoff:
The number of times Tennessee has played UTEP before this weekend. The most recent meeting was in 1990, with the No. 7 Tennessee Vols running the Miners out of Knoxville, 56-0. This weekend is likely to be more of the same, considering the Miners are one of the worst teams in the FBS this year.
Two is also the number of sacks Tennessee has generated so far this season after two games. Shy Tuttle recorded one against West Virginia and Emmit Gooden contributed another against ETSU. For a defensive line and linebacker group that was expected to be strong coming into the season, it’s an awfully low number. Obviously, the new coaching staff and changeover to a new scheme likely has something to do with it, but the coaching staff will surely look to generate more sacks in the coming weeks.
Jarrett Guarantano’s QBR through two games this season. Coming into the season, no one was really sure who would take the reins of the offense for Tennessee. Early in the West Virginia game, it seemed like it was going to be a long season, but Guarantano has since righted the ship. Two games into the season, he is starting to look like many Vol fans hoped he would. He has only thrown the ball 38 total times this season, but he’s completed 71 percent of his passes for 326 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, UTEP’s starting quarterback, Kai Locksley, has amassed a 70.8 QBR. He’s thrown the ball 45 times this season, completing 42 percent of his passes for 177 yards and no touchdowns.
The number of turnovers Tennessee has committed this year. Tennessee’s defense has forced four turnovers this season, so far: one against West Virginia and three against ETSU. Obviously, a +4 turnover margin isn’t too bad for a defense that is having to relearn where to stand on the field. UTEP shouldn’t pose much of a threat to make that margin worse this weekend, considering its turnover margin is -5.
Tennessee’s average yards per play this season on offense. As the old adage goes, you only need to average four yards a play to have a good offense. With Tennessee averaging just under six, they should be able to roll this weekend. UTEP is only averaging 2.64 yards per play, so the Tennessee defense should be able to capitalize and build off of some success last weekend against ETSU.
The number of points UTEP surrendered to the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks to start their season. In a game that finished 30-10, the NAU Lumberjacks of the FCS shellacked UTEP in El Paso to open the season.