An even bigger benefit to this open date is that it has given the Vols additional time to work out some of the problems that were exposed in Game 1 vs. Alabama-Birmingham. The ground game was so-so, the receivers dropped too many passes and the defense gave up too many passing yards.
Fortunately, the Vols understand they have a lot of rough spots that need to be smoothed out, and they worked diligently toward that end last week. In that regard, the disappointing effort against UAB may prove to be a positive.
"We made some mistakes, offensively and defensively," Simon noted. "This off week is giving us a sense of urgency. Everyone knows they need to get better."