Memphis has struggled this season on the defensive side of the ball. The Tigers have allowed 416.5 yards per game through eight games while also allowing 30.1 points per game. Memphis appears to be hitting the Vols at the wrong time, as the UT offense has substantially improved throughout its last three games. UT quarterback Jonathan Crompton has performed well since the Vols’ Oct. 10 victory over Georgia, but in last week’s win over South Carolina, Crompton managed the game more than he dominated it, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions. As a team, the Vols recorded zero turnovers against the Gamecocks while forcing four from their opponent. Memphis will have to play through key injuries on its defense and force some Volunteer turnovers to stand a chance against an improved Crompton and a tough running attack from the Vols’ Montario Hardesty. The Tigers lean more towards the passing game but will have difficulty finding offensive rhythm against a Tennessee defense that has allowed only eight touchdowns on the season. If Memphis can win the turnover battle while also limiting the Vols’ improved offense, the Tigers can escape with the edge in this in-state rivalry.