Vols focus on Kentucky, not possible bowl games
Tennessee Stat Book
All streaks end at some point, right?
Wrong. The sun keeps rising in the East. A Georgia running backs gets suspended every fall. And Auburn and Alabama fans never wake up without thinking how much they hate each other.
So UT fans shouldn't assume the streak against Kentucky — 26 victories and counting — must end.
They might have thought it would end way back in 1988 when the Vols finished 5-6. UT 28, Kentucky 24.
They might have thought it would end in 2005 when the Vols again finished 5-6. UT 27, Kentucky 8.
And they might have thought it would end in 2008 when the Vols finished 5-7. UT 28, Kentucky 10.
UT 27, Kentucky 10: Despite the likelihood of medical advances, no one alive today will live long enough to see the Vols lose to Kentucky.
Georgia 35, Georgia Tech 24: Running backs are the big story here.
The Yellow Jackets have six running backs who have rushed for 198 or more yards this season. That doesn't include the team's leading rusher, quarterback Tevin Washington.
The Bulldogs have had three running backs suspended this season. That doesn't include Caleb King and Washuan Ealey, the team's most experienced running backs. King was ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester, and Ealey was dismissed from the team in the spring.
Stephen Garcia fans will be tracking Thomas. With three suspensions this season, he is making a run at the former South Carolina quarterback's career record for suspensions.
Some thought Garcia's record was as untouchable as Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak.
South Carolina 27, Clemson 24: There were so many poll-shaking events last Saturday that the Tigers' collapse didn't receive nearly enough attention.
Oklahoma's loss was a bigger story. So was Oregon's loss.
But at least the Sooners and Ducks had a shot at winning in the final seconds. Clemson was beaten 37-13 by N.C. State, which two months ago looked like the worst FBS team in the country whose name didn't begin with a "K" (see Kentucky and Kansas for details).
Mississippi State 31, Ole Miss 17: Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen must be envious of LSU coach Les Miles after last week.
Mullen has stuck it to his rival Rebels at every opportunity. So he's surely second-guessing himself for not coming up with the kneel-down put-down that Miles implemented in a 52-3 victory over Ole Miss.
What's more demeaning? Scoring a touchdown that makes it 59-3? Or having your quarterback kneel down near the goal line play after play with plenty of time remaining?
Florida State 27, Florida 23: Charlie Weis showed again last Saturday why he's known as an offensive guru. His offense put up 55 points on Furman in the Gators' 23-point victory.
Suddenly, it looked like September again for a Florida offense that averaged 40 points in its first four games. But today's game might look more like October when the Gators couldn't manage 12 points per game.
Troubling stat for the Gators: Florida State ranks seventh nationally in total defense.
Florida has played four teams ranked in the top 10 defensively. It lost to all four, none of whom helped remind you that Weis is an offensive guru.
Alabama 42, Auburn 10: Anything can happen in a rivalry as intense as this one. And almost anything that happens today will be bad for the Tigers.
The Tide has had a full year to agonize over blowing a 24-0 lead in losing to Auburn last season. It has the motive and weapons to exact serious revenge on the defending national champions.
And if it has a big lead and a first down at the Auburn 1-yard line with five minutes to play, don't look for any subtle put-downs. It will just tack on another touchdown.
Why not? Last season's game proved no lead is safe against the Tigers.
Wake Forest 27, Vanderbilt 24: I never thought of Vanderbilt Stadium as a home-field advantage. That's probably because I expect a home-field stadium to be filled with home-team fans.
First-year coach James Franklin apparently has succeeded in making the Commodores feel at home, where the Commodores are 5-2 this season.
But Franklin still has some roadwork to do.
On the road, the over-achieving Commodores have reverted to their bad old days. They're 0-4 and about to go 0-5.
Top 25: Notre Dame 34, Stanford 30; Virginia Tech 27, Virginia 24; Boise State 45, Wyoming 17; Oregon 41, Oregon State 20; USC 34, UCLA 23; Wisconsin 34, Penn State 17; Kansas State 38, Iowa State 31; Michigan 23, Ohio State 20; Baylor 45, Texas Tech 31.
Record: 148-37 (.811) overall, 95-72 (.568) against the spread.