The Volunteers are 73-19-3 all-time on homecoming and are looking to better that record against their final non-conference opponent of the year.
Here’s what to look out for when these two teams face off at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
Running Back Committee
Both Tennessee and UAB will field versatile runners in their matchup on Saturday.
UAB runs the definition of a running back committee. The Blazers already have four active players who have at least 200 yards on the ground this year. Spencer Brown, their leading rusher, has notched 262 yards this season.
Meanwhile, Lucious Stanley leads the Blazers with five touchdowns.
The Vols have a lead back in their stable, but they still like to share the ball in the backfield. Ty Chandler leads the Vols in rushing with 500 yards through eight games. He also has two touchdowns.
Tennessee football: Ty Chandler on Vols rushing attack https://t.co/44HoCCO9wv
— knoxnews (@knoxnews) October 30, 2019
Defense Will be Key
Tennessee and UAB are both coming off of solid defensive performances.
The Vols defense is led by linebacker Daniel Bituli.
The senior registered 15 tackles in Tennessee’s win last week and blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for six against South Carolina.
Tennessee only allowed 21 points to the Gamecocks last week and shut them out in the second half.
UAB boasts a good defense as well.
The Blazers are ranked 5th nationally in total defense, and they have not allowed more than 20 points in a game all season.
UAB notched five sacks and only allowed 150 total yards against Old Dominion last week, only continuing the team’s dominant defensive campaign.
However, the Blazers will face a tougher challenge against an SEC opponent in the Vols.
UAB is led by a defense surrendering 15.7 points per game. It has not allowed more than 20 points in any game this season. https://t.co/LkB1BuXo77
— GoVolsXtra (@GoVolsXtra) October 28, 2019
Both squads are entering their last non-conference games of the season.
After their matchup, the Vols will travel to Lexington to play Kentucky (4-4) on Nov. 9 at 7:30.
UAB will stay on the road next week when they travel to Hattiesburg to play the Southern Mississippi on Nov. 9 at 3:30.