To echo last week, this game hurt, but it didn't change expectations. The Vols are now 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the SEC, which stinks but which also is pretty much what we expected at this point with the hand we've been dealt. We're just not yet to the point where we can play with Top 10 teams, and the fact that Missouri has come out of nowhere to be a better opponent than either Georgia or South Carolina right now doesn't change the fact that they, in fact, are exactly that. This week, Tennessee will have one more chance at an extra upset against a ranked opponent for the season when #11 Auburn comes to town. After that, the 2nd major goal kicks in against Vandy and Kentucky, two teams we must beat to get bowl eligible. The good news is that they are not ranked, and we should actually beat them. Again, we're still the same team we were this time last week. Looking in the mirror to confirm that isn't particularly fun, but it doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know.
Here's what our remaining future opponents did this weekend and how it impacts our outlook for the remainder of the season.
Auburn Tigers (8-1, 4-1 SEC, #11)
- Week 1: Beat Washington State, 31-24.
- Week 2: Beat the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 38-9.
- Week 3: Beat Mississippi State, 24-20.
- Week 4: Lost to LSU, 35-21. Does anyone else find it simply astonishing that Les Miles can string more players into a team than he can words into a coherent sentence? I know that's not breaking news or anything, but he somehow continues to reach new heights of huh. Anyway . . .
- Week 5: Off.
- Week 6: Beat Ole Miss, 30-22.
- Week 7: Beat Western Carolina, 62-3.
- Week 8: Beat Texas A&M, 45-41.
- Week 9: Beat FAU, 45-10. Ouch. Typing that score hurt for some reason.
- Week 10: Beat Arkansas, 35-17.
- Joel feels __________ about this game this week: SAME. LOSS, yet still an opportunity for an upset. I don't really feel very good about this possibility because I'm frankly terrified of Gus Malzahn's offense, but we are at home (heh, I just mis-typed that as "hope"), and there is still the possibility.
Vanderbilt Commodores (4-4, 1-4 SEC, NR)
- Week 1: Lost to Ole Miss, 39-35.
- Week 2: Beat Austin-Peay, 38-3.
- Week 3: Lost to South Carolina, 35-25.
- Week 4: Beat UMass, 24-7.
- Week 5: Beat UAB, 52-24.
- Week 6: Lost to Missouri, 51-28.
- Week 7: Off.
- Week 8: Beat Georgia, 31-27.
- Week 9: Lost to Texas A&M, 56-24.
- Week 10: Off.
- Joel feels __________ about this game this week: SAME. WIN.
@Kentucky Wildcats (2-6, 0-4 SEC, NR)
- Week 1: Lost to Western Kentucky, 35-26.
- Week 2: Beat Miami of Ohio, 41-7.
- Week 3: Lost to Louisville, 27-13.
- Week 4: Off.
- Week 5: Lost to Florida, 24-7.
- Week 6: Lost to South Carolina, 35-28.
- Week 7: Lost to Alabama, 48-7.
- Week 8: Off.
- Week 9: Lost to Mississippi State, 28-22.
- Week 10: Beat Alabama State, 48-14.
- Joel feels __________ about this game this week: SAME. WIN. I do still think these guys are better than they look, but as long as the Vols are paying attention, this should be a win.
Conclusion after Week Ten
No change. The prediction is still bowl eligible at 6-6 with remaining losses to Auburn and wins over Vandy and Kentucky.
|Opponent||Preseason Prediction||Revised Prediction||Result|
|South Carolina||L||L (but W)||W|