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Arkansas Offers Tennessee Defense Biggest Test

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee defensive tackle Malik Jackson says the Volunteers are well on their way to becoming a sound defensive team and the fruits of their labor will show on Saturday with a win against No. 8 Arkansas.

Shutting down the eighth-ranked Razorbacks (8-1, 4-1) would indeed make believers out of skeptical fans, considering the losses Tennessee has suffered in Southeastern Conference play.

The Razorbacks' 450.9 yards per game and 37.7 average points rank tops in the league.

The Vols (4-5, 0-5) don't quite have the defensive statistics to match Arkansas's impressive numbers, but they have shown a vast improvement lately. Tennessee has forced six turnovers in the last two games and keeping quarterbacks uncomfortable with a strong pass rush.

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