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FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols at #19 MSU

TENNESSEE (3-2) at #19 MISSISSIPPI ST. (5-0)
October 13, 2012   |   9 p.m. ET
Davis Wade Stadium   |   Starkville, Miss.
THE MISSISSIPPI STATE GAME
  • Saturday's game marks the 45th all-time meeting between Tennessee and Mississippi State, with the Vols owning a 28-15-1 edge in the series.

  • The Vols have won a series-best six consecutive games in the series since 1995. UT holds a 5-4 advantage in Starkville, including two wins in a row at MSU.

  • The last loss for the Vols in the series was in 1994, a 24-21 defeat to the Bulldogs in Starkville.

  • UT has won the last six meetings by 10 or more points, with an average margin of victory of 24.5 points.
  • MSU is the second team in a stretch of likely four consecutive ranked opponents for UT. The Vols last played such a four-week gauntlet in 1991 when it played five ranked opponents in a row (#21 UCLA, #23 Mississippi State, #13 Auburn, #10 Florida, #14 Alabama).

  • UT is 78-39-9 following an open date, including a 40-25-2 mark in conference games. UT has never played Mississippi State the week after an open date.

  • Saturday is UT's first 9 p.m. start since playing Ole Miss on Oct. 16, 2004 on ESPN2 as well.

Top-Flight Offense

  • UT ranks second in the SEC and 17th nationally in total offense at 506.6 yards per game (2,533 total yards).
  • The Vols lead the SEC and rank 10th nationally in passing offense at 329.2. UT is on pace to eclipse the school record for yards passing (3,981 in 1997).
  • The 2,533 yards of total offense marks the highest total through five games in Tennessee history.
  • The Vols have also scored 197 points, the fourth-highest total through five games in the last 100 years.

Ground Game Success

  • The Vols are averaging 177.4 yards rushing per game in 2012, an increase of 87.3 yards per game more than and almost double last season's final total of 90.1 rushing yards per game.
  • Tennessee is averaging 88.6 rushing yards more per game than it was through five games a year ago, almost exactly double the 88.8 rushing yards per game UT averaged through five games in 2011.
  • The Vols have played three BCS schools thus far in 2012: NC State, Florida and Georgia. Tennessee is averaging 157 yards rushing in those three games, an 86.6 yards per game increase over the 70.4 rushing yards per game the Vols averaged vs. opponents from BCS conferences last season.

A Tennessee Win Would...

  • Give Tennessee a 4-2 start for the first time since 2007, when UT also won four of its first six. The Vols finished 10-4 and won both the SEC Eastern Division and the Outback Bowl that season.
  • Extend the Vols' series-best winning streak over Mississippi State to seven games.
  • Mark the 798th victory in UT history, two wins shy of becoming the eighth program to reach 800 wins.
  • Give UT its first win over a ranked team since beating No. 21 South Carolina, 31-13, on Oct. 31, 2009.
  • Represent the first win for Tennessee over an opponent ranked in the top 20 since defeating No. 15 South Carolina, 27-24, in overtime on Oct. 27, 2007.

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