Can Vols beat a good team?

If the Tennessee Vols are to be 5-2 by Sunday morning, they'll have to do something they haven't done all season ... beat a good football team.

Heading into Saturday night's game with Alabama (5-2), the Vols are 4-2 and ranked in the top 20. But their status appears to be more a product of a weak schedule than a strong team.

The four teams the Big Orange has victimized this fall have a combined record of 7-20. Arkansas is 3-3, Middle Tennessee 2-5, Wyoming and Rutgers 1-6 each.

Taking a closer look, Arkansas has beaten one good team (Auburn) and a couple of nobodies (Boise State and South Florida). The Razorbacks suffered double-digit losses to Alabama (30-12) and Kentucky (29-17), even though both games were played in Fayetteville.

Middle Tennessee lost its first five games, including embarrassing setbacks at the hands of Southeast Missouri State (24-14) and Arkansas State (13-7). The Blue Raiders' only victories came against Vanderbilt (21-20) and Louisiana-Lafayette (48-35).

Wyoming's win came at the expense of The Citadel, 34-30. How bad are the Cowboys? Bad enough that they lost to the likes of Central Michigan 32-20. Wyoming faces Air Force this Saturday, so the Cowboys are sure to be 1-7 by Sunday morning.

Rutgers' lone victory was a 44-0 pasting of hapless Army. The Scarlet Knights' losses include setbacks to such perennial powers as Villanova (37-19) and Buffalo (34-11).

Tennessee has played just two teams this season who currently have winning records. Florida (5-3) beat the Vols 30-13 in Knoxville and Georgia (7-0) beat UT 18-13.

Can the Vols beat a good team? Tune to ESPN at 7:45 Saturday night for the answer.


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