Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 11/10/11
By Danny Parker For FoxSportsTennessee.com KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It fought to trail top-ranked LSU by only 10 points at halftime before losing 38-7. The Crimson Tide faithful tripped to the concession stand at the break on pins and needs, tied with their rivals 6-6 before then-second ranked Alabama cranked it up and churned out a 37-6 win. Tennessee has had its chances this season to take steps toward becoming one of the better teams in the Southeastern Conference and register a signature win. It gets one last chance this weekend. The only team left on the schedule that carries the resume of the aforementioned teams is No. 8 Arkansas. The Vols and Razorbacks kick off in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday afternoon at 7 p.m. ET. "Arkansas, we all know about them," second-year Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said. "Great quarterback, great offense, a lot of fast single-digit guys running around at receiver and the return game. A top 10 team on the road. "I'm just really worried about us and going out there and trying to put together four quarters against a quality SEC team on the road in all three phases. That is really our focus. I'm looking forward to the challenge and we will see if we are improving. The Razorbacks (8-1, 4-1 SEC) are in the hunt for a BCS bowl and present the Volunteers with a chance to capture a considerable boost to not only their season but also their program. "We came in after the last loss and we wanted to win out," Vol fullback Ben Bartholomew said. "We want to finish the season well, send the seniors off on a good note and let people remember the end of our season and how well we came together." While Tennessee (4-5, 0-5) has just missed out on earning an upset since Dooley's arrival against some of the country's best, it hasn't taken down a ranked opponent since defeating South Carolina 31-13 on Oct. 31, 2009. Including coach Phillip Fulmer's last season leading Tennessee until now, the Vols are a paltry 22-25, which is a blow to the system for a prideful program. "It's really important to us," defensive lineman Malik Jackson said of a potential win Saturday. "This team is just hungry and is tired of losing to teams we know we can beat like South Carolina and Georgia. So, we're really going to work hard. If we've got to shut out the team in order to score more points then that's what we're going to do. We're going to take this game very seriously and work really hard this week so we can get that win." Obviously, the thirst and the desire are there for the guys in the orange and white. They understand the challenge before them and the what a victory could mean. Is that enough against an Arkansas team that leads the SEC in scoring (37.7 points per game) and total offense (450.9 yards per game)? On the other side of the ball, the Co-SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week is Razorback end Jake Bequette, who logged three sacks last week in the 44-28 win over South Carolina. Another of their stalwarts is linebacker Jerry Franklin, who already has 73 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss. The Vols counter with an offense that limps to town averaging just 10.2 points per game against SEC opponents and with freshman quarterback in Justin Worley making his first-ever road start. The chips are stacked sky high against Tennessee. Then again, crazier things have happened. Ask Clint Stoerner.
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