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LSU looks to climb Rocky Top

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –- No. 1-ranked LSU makes its first trip to Neyland Stadium today since 2006.

That was a talented LSU team, one led by quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The Tigers won the Sugar Bowl that year.

This LSU team is even more talented and has won every game by double digits this season. This will be the Tigers’ fourth game away from home, too.

Several story lines are front and center today.

LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis makes his first return to Neyland Stadium since Phillip Fulmer’s firing following the 2008 season. Chavis was the Vols’ defensive coordinator under Fulmer for 14 years.

For Tennessee, Matt Simms steps in as the Vols’ starting quarterback after Tyler Bray broke his thumb last week against Georgia.

Simms was Tennessee’s quarterback in last season’s game, which LSU won 16-14 in wild fashion. It looked like Tennessee had won the game, but the Vols were flagged for having 13 defenders on the field on the final play of the game, giving the Tigers one more shot.

They cashed in from the 1-yard line in what was a crushing loss for Derek Dooley and the Vols.

Tennessee last beat a No. 1-ranked team 26 years ago right here in Neyland Stadium. The unranked Vols shut down Auburn and Bo Jackson that day, 38-20.