While the Big Blue was winning impressively, Tennessee's other remaining foes were struggling. Alabama and South Carolina won ugly. Vanderbilt found a way to lose at home to Georgia and laughably inept Louisiana-Lafayette allowed nearly 700 yards of total offense in a loss to recent Vol foe Arkansas State.
Here's a quick look at how the Vols' future foes fared:
Alabama (Oct. 20 at Tuscaloosa). The Tide (5-2, 3-1) got 265 passing yards from John Parker-Wilson, who was 26 of 40, in a 27-24 defeat of Ole Miss. The game ended in controversial fashion. A fourth-down pass that carried inside the Bama 10-yard line with 7 seconds left was reversed on review because the receiver stepped out of bounds during his route.
South Carolina (Oct. 27). The Gamecocks (6-1, 3-1) converted just 1 of 13 third-down tries and finished with a mere 282 yards of total offense but still hung on to beat North Carolina 21-15.
Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 3). The Ragin' Cajuns (1-6) sunk to new depths of ineptitude, allowing 681 yards of total offense in a 52-21 loss to Arkansas State, which outgained ULL 302-63 in the second half. Michael Desormeaux passed for 100 yards and ran for another 74 to pace the Cajuns.
Arkansas (Nov. 10). The Razorbacks (3-3, 0-3) stuck with Darren McFadden (17 carries for 43 yards), even though backup Felix Jones (6 carries for 42 yards) was having the better day, and lost to Auburn 9-7 on a 20-yard field goal with 21 seconds left.
Vanderbilt (Nov. 17). The Commodores (3-3, 1-3) blew a 10-point lead and lost to Georgia 20-17 on a 37-yard Brandon Coutu field goal as time expired. MacKenzie Adams passed for 125 yards and ran for 76 more after replacing ineffective Vandy starting QB Chris Nickson.
Kentucky (Nov. 24 at Lexington). The Wildcats (6-1, 2-1) stunned the football world by upsetting No. 1 LSU 43-37 in three overtimes. Andre Woodson was 21 of 38 for 250 yards, passing for three TDs and running for another.