5. Will Vols get back to dominating in the red zone?
Speaking of red zone success, this should be where Tennessee football has a huge advantage. However, it’s being called into question now. Over the past two weeks, the Vols have had some issues. They failed to score on a trip to the red zone against Kentucky and also failed on a trip to their 24-yard-line.
Then it came crashing down against UGA. The Vols scored 10 points on three trips to the red zone, and on their one touchdown drive, they had to convert a fourth down. Now, overall, they are still No. 8 in red zone scoring percentage and No. 8 in red zone touchdown percentage, so they should be elite when they get down there.
Mizzou should make it easier for them as well, as the Tigers are No. 93 in red zone defense. However, they are No. 29 in opponents’ red zone touchdown percentage, so there is a chance a lot of drives by the Vols stall down there if they keep up what they have been doing.
On the other side, UT has a huge advantage, as Mizzou is No. 123 in red zone scoring percentage and No. 97 in red zone touchdown percentage. The Vols, meanwhile, are No. 18 in red zone defense and No. 16 in opponents’ red zone touchdown percentage. However, the key is for them to dominate the other side.