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Oklahoma Sooners Football | Opponent First Look: Tennessee Volunteers

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The Tennessee Volunteers ended the year with a convincing win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. Carrying momentum into the new year, the Vols earned a top twenty-five ranking. However, some question if fans and media are ruining the upcoming season with all the hype.

Regardless, Tennessee cruised to a 59-30 win over Bowling Green in their home opener. With six rushing touchdowns, Butch Jones' squad displayed a rushing attack many programs only hope to possess. Jalen Hurd crossed the goal line three times in the first half while Alvin Kamara added another two. The aforementioned sophomore running backs combined for 267 yards while the team finished with 399 on the ground.

Quarterback Joshua Dobbs collected 205 yards through the air along with two passing touchdowns while rushing for 89 yards and another score. At the 00:00 mark, Tennessee posted five scoring drives of 73-second or less. Make no mistake, this is a potent offense with the ability to score at will...or so it seems at this point of the season. With the offense building confidence, it's the defense that needs to step up in order to remain inside the top twenty-five by the end of the season.

Tennessee surrendered 557 total yards to Bowling Green as 424 came through the air. Of course, the Vols lost two projected starters in the secondary last month. Safety Brian Randolph reassured the media it wasn't a doom and gloom type situation in the secondary. He continued to say the team wasn't worried about the Oklahoma Sooners coming to town on September 12th. Granted, the Vols are a deep team that played more freshman than any other program in 2014.

It's no secret Oklahoma's offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley favors an air-raid system. The secondary of the Vols will be tested with Jarvis Baxter and Sterling Shepard running crisp routes. If Tennessee bends but refuses to break, they could earn a win over a ranked foe.

Along the defensive line, Derek Barnett and Curt Maggitt combined for 21 sacks and 35 tackles for loss a year ago. These two provide the spark and give the defense a reason to remain confident moving forward. All the pieces appear to be in place but the only question that remains is: will it all come together against stiff competition? We'll find out on Saturday...until then Boomer Sooner!