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Razorbacks face a Tennessee running game among worst in nation

By BETH RUCKER
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Derek Dooley knows there's no sugar-coating the Volunteers' running game. It's just not very good.

After nine games they still don't have a clear answer of how to improve. Only two teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision average worse than Tennessee's 86.8 yards rushing per game.

Dooley took advantage of a 24-0 homecoming mismatch against Middle Tennessee, which ranks among the bottom 20 teams in the nation in rushing defense, to test out a new tailback and a wildcat scheme. Though both provided a small spark, neither offered a definitive solution for when the Vols (4-5, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) travel to No. 8 Arkansas (8-1, 4-1) Saturday.

Tennessee's offensive struggles will make it hard to keep up with the Razorbacks, who are averaging 37.7 points.

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