Neyland Stadium (102,455/Natural Grass)
— Mike Patrick, Craig James and Jeannine Edwards
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the sixth meeting between Cincinnati and Tennessee and the first since the 2000 season … The Vols hold a 4-1 series lead, with Cincinnati’s lone win coming in 1904 … All five previous meetings have been played in Knoxville.
-/rv CINCINNATI (1-0)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
5-8, second season at Cincinnati
32-20, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati’s offense was close to unstoppable in the Bearcats’ 72-10 win against Austin Peay Saturday … Cincinnati had 12 offensive possessions, scored touchdowns on 10 of them, had a field goal on another, and was stopped on downs on its lone non-scoring drive … The 72 points were the most for Cincinnati since the Bearcats defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 115-0 Oct. 22, 1921 … Cincinnati rushed for 387 yards against Austin Peay — the most since a 389-yard day on the ground against Xavier in 1946 … The Bearcats used four quarterbacks and had 12 different players with at least one rushing attempt … QB Zach Collaros — a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection in 2010 — picked up where he left off in 2010 by completing 12 of 19 passes for 134 yards and four touchdowns against Austin Peay … RB Isaiah Pead, who averaged a BIG EAST-leading 6.6 yards per carry last year, averaged 12.4 yards on seven carries, going for 87 yards and two TDs against Austin Peay … Pead scored on a 40-yard touchdown run on Cincinnati’s first offensive play … WR D.J. Woods had four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, while WR Anthony McClung had three receptions for 48 yards and two TDs … Cincnnati’s scoring drives ranged from a one-play, 40-yard drive to a 14-play, 95-yard possession that started the second quarter.
rv/rv TENNESSEE (1-0)
Derek Dooley (Virginia ’90)
7-7, second season
Tennessee began the season with a 42-16 win against Montana Saturday night at Neyland Stadium … The Vols scored the first 28 points of the game and were relatively unchallenged by the Grizzlies … Tennessee lived somewhat dangerously, fumbling six times, but not losing any … The Vols also had two interceptions nullified by Montana penalties and came out of the game turnover-free … The start of the game was delayed for an hour and 33 minutes due to inclement weather … Tennessee had six different players score touchdowns against Montana … QB Tyler Bray threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns … WR Justin Hunter and WR Da’Rick Rogers both reached the 100-yard mark against Montana — Hunter had six receptions for 146 yards, while Rogers had five catches for 100 yards … QB Matt Simms, who is No. 2 on the depth chart, is a transfer from Louisville … RB Tauren Poole (1,034 yards, 11 TDs in 2010) rushed for 98 yards and a TD against Montana … Tennessee went 6-7 last year, falling to North Carolina 30-27 in double overtime in the Music City Bowl … The Vols have won five straight regular-season games, dating to last year.