What to watch and who to root for if you're a Tennessee Volunteer football fan

Well, it's one of those boring old bye weeks, but it's more like a NASCAR pit stop in the grand BCS scheme of things.  The Race continues, and so the lead horses must be watched.

What games to watch:



  • Vanderbilt at Georgia (#16).  12:30 p.m., ESPN Gameplan, ch. 780.

  • Cincinnati at No. 7 Louisville.  3:30 p.m., ESPNU.

  • Florida (#2) at Auburn (#11).  7:45 p.m., ESPN.


What scores to watch, who to root for, and why

SEC v. SEC Games


  • Florida (#2) at Auburn (#11).  7:45 p.m., ESPN.  Tennessee still needs Florida to lose twice.  One must be this week or there's no way they'll get two.

  • Vanderbilt at Georgia (#16).  12:30 p.m., ESPN Gameplan, ch. 780.  Root for the former opponent here to make an impressive win last week look even better.

  • Kentucky at LSU (#14).  Toss up.

  • Alabama v. Ole Miss.  The Vols won't play Ole Miss this year, but Alabama will be a former opponent in a few weeks, so we want them to look good.  Assuming the Vols beat them, of course, which is a given in this whole exercise.

National Games of Interest

Always root against the teams higher than Tennessee in the polls.  If they're both higher, root against the highest-ranked team. Generally root for former opponents UT has beaten to make the win look more impressive.


  • Syracuse at No. 5 West Virginia.  12:00 p.m., ESPN Gameplan, ch. 777.

  • Cincinnati at No. 7 Louisville.  3:30 p.m., ESPNU.

  • No. 1 Ohio State at Michigan State.  3:30 p.m., ESPN Gameplan, ch. 782.

  • Baylor at No. 6 Texas.  7:00 p.m., TBS.

  • No. 4 Michigan at No. 30 Penn State.  8:00 p.m., ESPN Gameplan, ch. 777.

  • Arizona State at No. 3 USC.  8:00 p.m., ESPN Gameplan, ch. 778.

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