KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Third down has been a letdown for Tennessee's defense so far this season.
Tennessee is allowing opponents to convert 45.6 percent (26 of 57) of its third-down situations. Vanderbilt is the only Southeastern Conference team doing a worse job of stopping opposing offenses on third down.
Tennessee (2-2) is ranked 103rd nationally in third-down conversion percentage defense heading into Saturday's game with South Alabama (2-1).
The Volunteers actually fared better at stopping teams on third down last year, when they statistically had one of their worst defenses ever. That defense allowed opponents to convert 38.2 percent (73 of 191) of their third-down attempts.
No. 20 Florida beat Tennessee 31-17 last week by going 10 of 18 on third down and converting its first five third-down opportunities in the second half.
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