The Vols rank No. 114 nationally in both scoring (17.0 points per game) and total offense (272.4 yards per game). Even the 2005 offense that cost coordinator Randy Sanders his job was better, averaging 18.6 points and 326.3 yards per game.
Maybe the forced resignation of head coach Phillip Fulmer earlier this week will spark a resurgence in the Vol offense. Maybe facing a Cowboy defense that allows 30.3 points per game will help. Maybe a Tennessee attack that has done nothing noteworthy since last April's spring game finally will break loose in its final three regular-season games.
Crompton surrendered the quarterback reins four games into the season but the offense has continued to stagger under successor Nick Stephens. Neither has gotten much help from a line that struggles to pass-protect and a receiver corps that struggles to get separation.
"It hasn't always been the quarterback," Fulmer said. "It hasn't always been the receivers. It hasn't always been the offensive line or tight ends or running backs. It's been different people at different times. We need to get that consistency that we're looking for."
With just three games left on the schedule, Tennessee had better find that consistency soon. The Vols, like their coach, are running out of time.