How's that for a daunting task?
Still, there are two positive notes to consider:
One, all but the Alabama game will be played at home.
Two, the Vols get an open date between Georgia and Bama.
Still, October shapes up as a brutal month for the Big Orange. If this season is going to turn around ... well, IT'S TIME.
That said, here's a quick recap of how Tennessee's future foes fared last weekend:
- Auburn (this Saturday in Knoxville) got 287 passing yards and five touchdowns from Chris Todd in a 54-30 drubbing of Ball State. Terrell Zachery caught TD passes of 46 and 65 yards in the romp. The Tigers are now 4-0.
- Georgia (Oct. 10 in Knoxville) needed a huge day from A.J. Green to subdue Arizona State 20-17 in Athens. Green caught eight passes for 153 yards and blocked a potential go-ahead Sun Devil field goal in the final minutes. Blair Walsh booted the game-winning 37-yard on the final play. The Dawgs now stand 3-1.
- Alabama (Oct. 24 in Tuscaloosa) got another great effort from QB Greg McElroy, who completed 17 of 24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 trouncing of Arkansas. The Tide limited NCAA pass-efficiency leader Ryan Mallett to 12 completions in 35 attempts for 160 yards, sacked him three times and intercepted him once. The third-ranked Tide improved to 4-0.
- South Carolina (Oct. 31 in Knoxville) stunned No. 4 Ole Miss 16-10 last Thursday as its defense limited Jevan Snead to 7 completions in 21 attempts for 107 yards. The Gamecocks rushed for a mere 65 yards but got just enough help from Stephen Garcia, who completed 16 of 34 passes for 220 yards. Carolina now stands 3-1.
- Memphis (Nov. 7 in Knoxville) was led by Tyler Bass in both rushing (14 for 64 yards) and passing (17 of 34 for 232 yards) but couldn't stop Marshall's Darius Marshall (203 rushing yards, 3 TDs) in a 27-16 loss to the Thundering Herd. Tommy West's Tigers dropped to 1-3.
- Ole Miss (Nov. 14 in Oxford) managed just 248 total yards and converted on just 1 of 13 third-down tries in a 16-10 loss at South Carolina. The Rebels, now 2-1, have lost their SEC opener six years in a row.
- Vanderbilt (Nov. 21 in Knoxville) piled up 216 rushing yards in a 36-17 victory at Rice just one week after being limited to 33 rushing yards in a home-field loss to Mississippi State. Warren Norman averaged nearly 11 yards per carry (119 yards on 11 attempts) as the Commodores improved to 2-2.
- Kentucky (Nov. 28 in Lexington) fell behind visiting Florida 31-0 after one quarter and never recovered en route to a 41-7 setback. The Wildcats managed just 93 passing yards, 86 rushing yards and converted on just 3 of 16 third-down tries. The Big Blue now stands 2-1.