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Sept. 28, 2013 | 12:21 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC TV | Radio: Vol Network | Satellite Radio: Sirius Premier Ch. 112, XM Ch. 199
Online: WatchESPN.com, Live Audio, GameTracker

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AT FIRST GLANCE

  • Saturday's game represents the first-ever meeting between Tennessee and South Alabama.
  • The Vols are 8-0 all-time vs. current Sun Belt teams, including a 52-20 win over Western Kentucky on Sept. 7.
  • Butch Jones-coached teams are 15-9 (.625) following a loss in his seven seasons as a head coach.

A TENNESSEE WIN WOULD...

  • Represent the 11th consecutive home win over a non-conference opponent and the 14th consecutive win overall over a non-BCS conference opponent for Tennessee.
  • Improve Butch Jones to 53-29 (.646) in seven seasons as a head coach while marking the 802nd win in Tennessee football history.
  • Give Tennessee its fourth consecutive win at Neyland Stadium and a 9-3 record in its last 12 games at home since Nov. 5, 2011.
  • Improve Tennessee to 3-2 for the third consecutive season.

TURNOVER TALES

  • The Vols lead the SEC and rank third nationally with 12 turnovers forced, including eight interceptions and four forced fumbles.
  • With eight interceptions, Tennessee ranks second in the SEC and tied for fifth nationally with Maryland.
  • Tennessee has intercepted a pass on 6.84 percent of defensive plays this season, the best rate in the SEC and the second-best nationally (Virginia Tech, 8.18%).
  • The Vols' turnover margin of +3 is tied for third in the SEC.
  • Tennessee is averaging 11.25 points per game off of turnovers (either on the play or on the subsequent possession), the best rate in the SEC and the fifth-best nationally this season.

DISCIPLINED FOOTBALL

  • Tennessee leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in fewest penalties with 2.25 per game (9 total).
  • The Vols also rank third in the nation in fewest penalty yards per game with 20.5.
  • The Vols started the Butch Jones era without a penalty for 89:26 in the second bullet, including opening the Jones era by not committing a single penalty vs. Austin Peay.
  • UT improved its streak of penalty-free football to nearly six quarters in 2013 before getting charged with a personal foul by Corey Miller with 0:34 remaining in the first half vs. Western Kentucky.
  • The Vols have only recorded three no-penalty games in the history of the program (1990 vs. Miss State; 2007 vs. LSU (SEC Championship game); 2013 vs. APSU).

TURNSTILE TICKER

  • Tennessee ranks seventh in the nation in total attendance with an average crowd of 91,796. A total of 183,952 fans have come through Neyland Stadium this season.
  • The Vols drew an opening-game crowd of 97,169 to Neyland Stadium vs. Austin Peay, which was the fourth-largest crowd in the nation on the opening weekend (Michigan, Ohio State, Texas). More than 10,000 UT students attended.
  • 97,169 fans showed up for the season opener, marking the largest UT home crowd vs. a non-conference opponent since 2010, when 102,035 attended the Oregon game.
  • The season-opening crowd of 97,169 was nearly 10,000 more than the 2012 home opener (87,821) showed up for the 2012 opener.

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