The Oregon vs. Tennessee game could be more interesting than anticipated. This Oregon vs. Tennessee pits an undefeated team from the Pac-10 Conference up against an undefeated team from the SEC, and even though both schools have only played one game in 2010, expectations are still very high. This is a tough game for No. 7 ranked Oregon, as they have to travel all the way to Knoxville, Tennessee to play it, but it should also give Oregon some national attention to begin their 2010 campaign. Can Tennessee pull a huge upset? Or is Oregon about to pad their resume Saturday night?
Oregon is now ranked No. 7 in the country, and had the most lopsided victory in week 1 of the college football schedule. Oregon crushed New Mexico 72-0 in a game that showed off both their offense and defense. Now Oregon has the top ranked offense and the top ranked defense for now, and they come in to this game against Tennessee with a really scary rushing game that could be really tough to contend against. To put that in perspective, Oregon rushing for 369 yards last weekend, but also threw for 351 passing yards, giving them a Top 10 ranking in both categories.
The Tennessee Volunteers were almost as impressive in their first game against the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks though, winning 50-0 in another huge shutout. A lot of that game mirrored what Oregon was able to do, as they also gave up no points and rushed for 332 yards of their own on the ground. Running back Tauren Poole went for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 17 categories, and will need to come up big against Oregon if Tennessee wants to try and keep pace. Junior quarterback Matt Simms will also have to be very careful with the ball, because he doesn’t the Oregon defense to grab an early interception and set the tone.
Oregon had two running backs go for more than 100 yards last weekend, led by Kenjon Barner, who had 147 rushing yard and four touchdowns. They will again try to pound the ball against Tennessee, with quarterback Darron Thomas working at spreading the ball around in an attempt to keep the Volunteers on their heels Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST) in Tennessee, and the game will be on ESPN2 for fans to watch around the country. It’s competing against the Alabama vs. Penn State game though, so many football fans might miss this one.