KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee and UCLA had fairly easy season openers. Now it's time for a real test.
After finishing last season 5-7, Tennessee hired coach Lane Kiffin to return the program back to its winning ways, and his tenure started with a bang.
The Vols cruised to a 63-7 win over Football Bowl Subdivision newcomer Western Kentucky. UCLA struggled briefly in its opener before putting San Diego State away 33-14.
Tennessee and UCLA are more evenly matched with stifling defenses and similar offensive schemes. Both are playing a number of young players to develop depth.
And both teams are on a mission to prove they've turned things around after a rough 2008 season.