The Official Tennessee vs. Missouri Game Thread, 3:30 PM ET, CBS

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Tennessee Volunteers: 5-5 (2-4 SEC)




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Missouri Tigers: 6-4 (2-4 SEC)




NOV. 17, 2018 | 3:30 P.M. ET | CBS | NEYLAND STADIUM - SHIELD-WATKINS FIELD (102,455) | KNOXVILLE, TENN.


Weather: Hi: 57 / Low: 38 // Precip: 0%
Line: UT +6.5
O/U: 57


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Sack King

Tennessee outside linebacker Darrell Taylor had four sacks against No. 11 Kentucky last Saturday, recording just the third four-sack game in Tennessee football history. Taylor joined Reggie White (1983 vs. Citadel) and Corey Miller (2013 at Kentucky) as the only Vols with four sacks in a game.

The redshirt junior's four sacks are tied for the most by a player in a game in the FBS this season. Taylor also joined Derek Barnett (2014) and Leonard Little (1996) as the only players in Tennessee history with multiple games of at least three sacks in the same season. Last Saturday's performance was Taylor's second multiple-sack game of the year after posting three on Sept. 29 at No. 2 Georgia. Taylor was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, the Bednarik National Player of the Week and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
 
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Defense Emerging Under Pruitt

Tennessee's defense has shown significant improvement this season under first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt. The Vols are on pace to better their defensive statistics in nearly every major category this season. The Big Orange have held three opponents without a touchdown this year (ETSU, UTEP, Charlotte), marking the first time since 2008 that the Vols have accomplished that feat. Tennessee has also scored three defensive touchdowns this season, which is tied for 10th in the nation. UT held No. 11 Kentucky to just seven points – it's fewest this season – and 77 rushing yards in last week's upset win. Pruitt was named the Dodd Trophy National Coach of the Week on Tuesday.
 
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Pinpoint Accuracy

Tennessee starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has been one of the team's most consistent performers this season, and his accuracy throwing the football has played a major part in his success. Guarantano ranks fourth among SEC starting quarterbacks in passing efficiency (149.2) and fourth in the conference in completion percentage (65.1%). The New Jersey native has also been extremely proficient at protecting the football, having thrown 146 consecutive passes without an interception, which is a program record. Guarantano has set career highs this season in completions (140), passing yards (1,768) and passing touchdowns (11), while throwing just two interceptions.
 
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Series History: Missouri

The Vols and Tigers are set to meet for just the seventh time when they square off on Saturday afternoon. Missouri holds a 4-2 lead in the series after winning the first three contests as well as last year's meeting. UT and Mizzou had never played before the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012.

Despite playing each other only six times, there have been some memorable games in the series. The very first game played between the two programs went to four overtimes with Missouri coming away with a 51-48 victory in Knoxville back in 2012. The last time the two teams played in Neyland Stadium, in 2016, they combined for 100 points and 1,349 yards of total offense as the Vols came out on top, 63-37, behind 413 total yards and five touchdowns from quarterback Joshua Dobbs.
 
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About Missouri

Missouri enters Saturday's contest on a two-game winning streak after victories over Florida and Vanderbilt and has won seven consecutive games in the month of November dating back to the 2016 season. The Tigers, led by third-year head coach Barry Odom, are 6-4 overall and 2-4 in SEC play this year.

Mizzou is led by a balanced and potent offensive attack that is averaging 35.5 points per game. Led by senior quarterback Drew Lock and the dynamic duo of Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III at running back, the Tigers can beat you through the air or on the ground. Missouri ranks third in the SEC and 17th nationally in total offense (473.4 ypg), third in the league and 25th nationally in passing offense (277.5 ypg) and fourth in the conference and 44th nationally in rushing offense (195.9 ypg).

Defensively, the Tigers are paced by the linebacker duo of Cale Garrett and Terez Hall. Garrett leads the team with 64 tackles to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack, while Hall ranks first on the team with four sacks and also has 7.5 tackles for loss to his credit. Redshirt sophomore Christian Holmes is the leader in the secondary with a team-best nine pass breakups and two interceptions.
 
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Series History: Missouri

The Vols and Tigers are set to meet for just the seventh time when they square off on Saturday afternoon. Missouri holds a 4-2 lead in the series after winning the first three contests as well as last year's meeting. UT and Mizzou had never played before the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012.

Despite playing each other only six times, there have been some memorable games in the series. The very first game played between the two programs went to four overtimes with Missouri coming away with a 51-48 victory in Knoxville back in 2012. The last time the two teams played in Neyland Stadium, in 2016, they combined for 100 points and 1,349 yards of total offense as the Vols came out on top, 63-37, behind 413 total yards and five touchdowns from quarterback Joshua Dobbs.
It honestly hadn't hit me that they have owned us like that.
 
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Man I really hope we come out and sling the call down the field as much as possible. We’ve got a pretty good QB (IMO) and and 4 pretty good receivers against one of the worst pass Ds in the league. If we have success running the ball... Cool. But I really hope we don’t try to force it if it’s not there.

And please don’t waste 1st down with a -2 to 1 yard run on every series. Our passing game has been decent at bailing us out of that situation but I’d rather them not have to.
 

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