Big Blue is big-time

Believe it or not, the best opponent left on Tennessee's schedule might be the last opponent left on Tennessee's schedule.

That would be the Kentucky Wildcats. The Big Blue is rolling along at 4-0 after posting a huge road win Saturday at Fayetteville. Georgia and Mississippi State were the only other teams left on UT's schedule to win last weekend. Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana Lafayette and Arkansas lost, while Vanderbilt had an open date.

Here's a quick look at how the Vols' future foes fared:

Georgia (Oct. 6) nipped homestanding Alabama 26-23 in overtime. The Dawgs (3-1 overall, 1-1 SEC) could've won in regulation except Brandon Coutu missed a 47-yard field goal.

Mississippi State (Oct. 13 at Starkville) clipped Gardner-Webb 31-15. The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1) relied on running back Anthony Dixon – 16 carries, 86 yards, 2 TDs – in their first full game without senior quarterback Michael Henig, who has a broken hand.

Alabama (Oct. 20 at Tuscaloosa) scored 10 points in the game's final 6:30 to tie the score at 20-all but lost 26-23 in overtime to visiting Georgia. John Parker Wilson completed just 17 of 35 passes for the Tide (3-1, 2-1).

South Carolina (Oct. 27) couldn't build on an early 7-0 lead and lost 28-16 at LSU. The Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1) continue to struggle at quarterback. Starter Blake Mitchell gave way to Chris Smelley, who completed 12 of 26 for 174 yards in relief and will start this weekend vs. Mississippi State.

Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 3) fell to 0-4 by losing 48-31 to visiting Troy. The Ragin' Cajuns piled up 504 yards of total offense but gave up 568.

Arkansas (Nov. 10) blew a fourth-quarter lead for the second week in a row and lost 42-29 to visiting Kentucky. The Razorbacks (1-2, 0-2) surrendered 21 points in the final period.

Vanderbilt (Nov. 17) had an open date. The Commodores are 2-1 overall and 1-1 in SEC play.

Kentucky (Nov. 24 at Lexington) scored the game's final 21 points, turning a 29-21 deficit into an impressive 42-29 triumph at Arkansas. The Wildcats (4-0, 1-0) may have the SEC's most potent offense.


Inside Tennessee Top Stories