“They’re a very good opponent, a marquee opponent, playing in a marquee venue. You dream about being in college football as either a player or as a coach, and you dream about playing in these environments.
We’re going to try to enjoy every moment of it and see if we can’t play our best and see where that leads us.”
On Tennessee’s change from a season ago:
“It’s different than it was a year ago, that’s no question. But it’s not an unfamiliar scheme for us. There’s a lot of crossover. Lane worked with coach Chow, and they’ve got a lot of similarities. (Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin) and Pete Carroll were very close and there’s a lot of similarities in how they play defense. The schemes are familiar.”
On Lane Kiffin’s brash behavior since becoming head coach of Tennessee:
“I recall some of the same issues, but the difference is, Lane has been a head coach prior to this. I don’t think any of that caught Lane by surprise. He’s making sure that he’s serving notice that Tennessee is not going to take a back seat to anybody.”
On Tennessee’s running game:
“They’re a gifted group of guys. Their running backs are off to a terrific start. It doesn’t matter which one of those two guys is in there. That will be a huge challenge for us to try to contain the running game. Right now, that will be the key to it.”
On Tennessee’s offensive line:
“They’ve got an unbelievably experienced offensive line. I don’t know what it would be like to start four seniors. In that group, I’d guess that all of those guys will be NFL players. It’s formidable. Our defense has got to play its best.