Scouting Tennessee: Young, talented, on the rise
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Here's a look at the nuts and bolts of the TaxSlayer Bowl, and the Tennessee team that Iowa is facing.
Matchup: Iowa (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) vs. Tennessee (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern)
Kickoff, TV: 2:20 p.m. CT, EverBank Field (77,511), Jacksonville, Fla. (ESPN)
The coaches: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (16th season) and Butch Jones, Tennessee (second season)
The series: Tied 1-1. Iowa won the 1982 Peach Bowl, 28-22, in Atlanta; Tennessee won 23-22 in the 1987 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
Statistical comparison: Tennessee ranks 99th in the country in total offense (363.0 yards per game); Iowa ranks 66th (398.3 ypg). The Volunteers rank 34th nationally in total defense (359.9 ypg); Iowa ranks 18th (334.5 ypg).
Facts about Tennessee: The Volunteers are headed to a bowl for the first time since the 2010 season. ... Tennessee is young, but talented. Jones started 11 freshmen this season following a Class of 2014 that was ranked fifth nationally by Rivals.com. ... Tennessee turned to sophomore dual-threat quarterback Joshua Dobbs with five games remaining, and he compiled a 3-2 record. He threw for 301 yards and rushed for another 166 (on 24 carries) in an overtime win over South Carolina and passed for 297 in a blowout of Kentucky. ... Sophomore Jalen Hurd, another Jones recruit, rushed for 777 yards this season to lead Tennessee. ... The Volunteers' calling card on defense is their pass rush. They piled up 35 sacks (second in the SEC) this season behind freshman Derek Barnett.