Well, Revenge of the Nerds has hit the gridiron this fall because Vanderbilt upset No. 13 Auburn last weekend in Nashville, bumping the Commodores' record to 5-0. Given that Tennessee is 2-3 and must visit Dudley Field in a few weeks, 2008 is not shaping up as a good year to face college football's version of the Geek Squad.
The way the Vols are playing, though, this is not a good year to face anyone ... with the possible exception of hapless Wyoming. The Cowboys lost 24-0 to New Mexico over the weekend and appear to be the one sure win left on Tennessee's schedule.
Here's a complete look at how the Vols' future foes fared on Saturday:
GEORGIA (OCT. 11): The third-ranked Bulldogs (4-1 overall, 1-1 SEC) had an open date to rest and regroup after suffering a 41-30 loss to Alabama on Sept. 27.
MISSISSIPPI STATE (OCT. 18): Sylvester Croom's team (1-4 overall, 0-2 SEC) also had an open date after giving LSU a scare in a 34-24 loss at Baton Rouge on Sept. 27.
ALABAMA (OCT. 25): Glen Coffee's 218 rushing yards paced a ball-control offense that enabled the Tide (6-0, 3-0) to keep possession for 35:45 to Kentucky's 24:15 in a 17-14 Tide win at Tuscaloosa. Coffee's mind-boggling number came against a Big Blue defense that was allowing just 73 rushing yards per game coming in.
SOUTH CAROLINA (NOV. 1): Chris Smelley snapped out of his season-long funk by completing 22 of 31 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Gamecocks (4-2 overall, 1-2 SEC) dumped Ole Miss 31-24 in Oxford. One of his TD passes came on a third-and-goal from the 20-yard line, narrowing a 14-3 deficit to 14-10 and igniting SC's dramatic rally.
WYOMING (NOV. 8): The Cowboys (2-4) limited New Mexico to 2-of-13 third-down conversions but surrendered 317 rushing yards in a 24-0 loss. Karsten Sween completed 9 of 19 passes for 71 yards and Devin Moore rushed 19 times for 74 yards to keep Wyoming in the game for a while.
VANDERBILT (NOV. 22): When starting QB Chris Nickson re-injured his sore shoulder, Mackenzi Adams came off the bench to complete 13 of 23 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns as the 19th-ranked Commodores (5-0, 3-0) upset 13th-ranked Auburn 14-13 in Nashville. Vandy is 5-0 overall for the first time since 1943 and is 3-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1950.
KENTUCKY (NOV. 29): The Wildcats (4-1, 0-1) rallied from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to give Alabama a scare before bowing 17-14. The Big Blue ground game managed just 35 net yards but Mike Hartline picked up the slack by completing 20 of 42 passes for 241 yards.