The Tennessee-Florida rivalry isn't what it used to be. You can tell by the threats.
In the mid-1990s, the Gators would sometimes warn the Vols as to what atrocities they planned to commit against them. Now, all you have is Florida running back Chris Rainey threatening his girlfriend.
The girlfriend later said she didn't feel threatened by Rainey and didn't press charges.
After watching Rainey play the first two games, I agree. He's not a threat.
On a less serious note, longtime followers of the rivalry should be mildly amused by the news that former UT coach and Florida punching bag Phillip Fulmer will provide game commentary for CBS College Sports Network. Although I haven't seen the script, well placed sources indicate Fulmer will explain how through sheer strategic genius he kept the Vols within 39 points of the Gators in 2007.
On a more serious note, Fulmer expressed sadness and dismay this week over the current state of the UT program, pointing out that he led the Vols into the SEC championship game just three years ago.
Who says soap-opera stars are the ones suffering from amnesia? Fulmer apparently has forgotten the entire 2008 season.
We wish the former coach a speedy recovery.
Florida 23, Tennessee 16: For most of two games, Florida's offense looked as though it was conceived by former UT offensive coordinator Dave Clawson and executed by the 2008 Vols. But the Gators showed just enough offense in the second half against South Florida to make you think they can avoid an upset at Neyland Stadium.
Arkansas 31, Georgia 27: Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said his team was too timid at times against South Carolina. You know what that means.
The Bulldogs will storm the field after their first touchdown.
LSU 24, Mississippi State 17: Tigers quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who has been regressing since his freshman season, got the dreaded vote of confidence from coach Les Miles after completing eight of 20 passes against Vanderbilt last week.
Ole Miss 27, Vanderbilt 20: The Commodores are already in mid-season form. They rank last in the SEC in 11 statistical categories.
Auburn 30, Clemson 23: Former Vol Dennis Rogan should feel better about being run over by Cameron Newton three years ago in The Swamp. Newton, who was Tim Tebow's backup at the time, is the SEC's second-leading rusher after two games as Auburn's starting quarterback.
Alabama 45, Duke 10: The Blue Devils defense (seriously, they have one) got a boost this week when Tide coach Nick Saban said Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram was healthy enough to play. Every Ingram carry means one less time a Duke defender will be run over by Trent Richardson
South Carolina 34, Furman 10: Gamecocks fans should be pleased to know star freshman running back Marcus Lattimore hasn't cut a deal with an agent. Any agent would have had his client feign injury before carrying the ball 37 times in a single game, as Lattimore did last week.
Kentucky 45, Akron 14: As Tennessee looks to lighten its future non-conference schedule, it should consult with Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhardt. The Wildcats' three FBS non-conference opponents were a combined 7-29 last season, and FCS opponent Charleston Southern has been outscored 173-10 in three games against BCS schools.
Top 25: Ohio State 42, Ohio University 14; Boise State 45, Wyoming 17; TCU 38, Baylor 14; Oregon 57, Portland State 10; Texas Tech 30, Texas 27; Oklahoma 42, Air Force 17; Washington 27, Nebraska 24; Iowa 31, Arizona 24; Wisconsin 40, Arizona State 20; Utah 34, New Mexico 7; Southern California 34, Minnesota 17; Stanford 42, Wake Forest 27; Michigan 45, Massachusetts 13; West Virginia 27, Maryland 20; Penn State 39, Kent State 17; Houston 34, UCLA 27; Oregon State 38, Louisville 22.
Record: 41-2 (.953) overall, 15-17 (.469) against the spread.
John Adams may be reached at 865-342-6284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.