Georgia just another tough opponent in October for Dooley
Tennessee Stat Book
The Georgia game isn't what it used to be for Tennessee.
It used to be the biggest challenge between Florida and Alabama. Now, it's the easiest SEC game of the month.
That says more about UT's October schedule than it does the Bulldogs. Its next two opponents are No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. Then comes No. 18 South Carolina.
Compared to them, Georgia is almost suitable for homecoming.
But don't get the wrong idea. The stakes are high for both teams.
If the game goes the Vols' way, they will have a great chance of improving on last year's 6-6 regular-season record. If it goes the Bulldogs' way, they likely will be tied for first in the SEC East.
No matter how the game and season turn out, both can look forward to next year. The Vols will start only four seniors; the Bulldogs, six.
Tennessee 30, Georgia 27: The Bulldogs have a more balanced offense, and superior defensive statistics. But they haven't faced a passer of Tyler Bray's caliber since Boise State's Kellen Moore riddled them in the season opener.
Neyland Stadium also could be a factor. The Bulldogs have lost 10 of their last 17 games away from Sanford Stadium.
LSU 27, Florida 13: The Gators and Vols can compare notes at the end of the month and decide who's better: LSU or Alabama?
The Gators warmed up for this afternoon's game by being knocked silly by Alabama. Their offense could be as overmatched today as it was last Saturday.
But in a best-case scenario, their starting quarterback will be able to walk off the field.
Freshman Jeff Driskel will start in place of injured John Brantley. You can tune in to CBS to see if he is healthy enough to finish.
Alabama 31, Vanderbilt 0: Headline from the Tennessean last week: "Despite struggles, Vanderbilt stands behind Larry Smith at quarterback."
That's about as newsy as "Leaves expected to change this month."
Seasons change. Vanderbilt coaches change. But Smith keeps struggling, and whoever is coaching him keeps standing behind him.
It's the most consistent theme in SEC football.
After four games, Smith's production has been so meager, you won't even notice a significant drop-off against Alabama.
Arkansas 38, Auburn 24: It's almost as though the Tigers' schedule is punishment for last year's national championship.
They already have played No. 8 Clemson and No. 18 South Carolina. Eventually, that might be remembered as the easy portion of their schedule.
After Arkansas, they play No. 17 Florida and No. 1 LSU. In November, they will play Georgia and No. 2 Alabama.
South Carolina 27, Kentucky 7: Ever hear of "Morgan Newton envy?"
I didn't think so.
But the way South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia performed over the last few weeks, you couldn't have blamed coach Steve Spurrier for coveting Kentucky's Newton, who has thrown three fewer interceptions than Garcia.
Spurrier has benched Garcia in favor of Connor Shaw. How familiar does that sound?
Mississippi State 30, UAB 13: Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen blames his team's lack of offensive production the last three games on poor execution. I blame it on Mississippi State's failure to schedule more teams like UAB.
No one complained about the Bulldogs lack of execution after they beat Memphis 59-14 in the season opener. And no one will complain about their offensive shortcomings after they are finished with UAB, which ranks 118th nationally in yards allowed per game.
Top 25: Oklahoma 38, Texas 20; Oklahoma State 56, Kansas 27; Stanford 48, Colorado 17; Clemson 41, Boston College 17; Michigan 45, Northwestern 34; Georgia Tech 42, Maryland 27; Nebraska 31, Ohio State 20; West Virginia 48, Connecticut 20; Illinois 34, Indiana 20; Missouri 34, Kansas State 30; Virginia Tech 27, Miami 23; Arizona State 27, Utah 20; Florida State 34, Wake Forest 17; Texas A&M 41, Texas Tech 37; Baylor 45, Iowa State 27.
Record: 91-16 (.855) overall, 58-32 (.644) against the spread.