Credit Tennessee with going out of its way to make former defensive coordinator John Chavis feel at home this afternoon upon his return to Neyland Stadium.
Just look at the Vols' offense. It might as well have been designed specifically for Chavis, who now serves as defensive coordinator for No. 1-ranked LSU.
If Chavis compiled a list of game maxims, it would start with: "stop the run."
UT's running game can almost stop itself. It has managed a net of minus-29 yards rushing in two SEC games against defenses not as good as LSU's.
Chavis' next maxim would be: "Hit the quarterback."
UT quarterback Tyler Bray can counter a pass rush with his quick release. But he's out with a thumb injury.
Backup Matt Simms is a tad slow on the trigger.
Chavis probably teared up just watching video of the Vols offense. His alma mater has given him an opponent worthy of a homecoming.
LSU 30, Tennessee 10: The Tigers don't have to worry about scoring poll points. They only have to worry about being ready for No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 5.
Despite an 0-2 start in SEC play and crucial injuries, the mistake-prone Vols are capable of keeping the score respectable against a team that, like Alabama, plays conservatively when ahead.
Auburn 24, Florida 20: Everybody knew Urban Meyer would be a tough act to follow for first-year Gators coach Will Muschamp. But Muschamp isn't even keeping up with three-years-and-you're-out Ron Zook.
Although both Zook and Muschamp started 4-2 at Florida, Muschamp trails on points. His losses to Alabama and LSU have been by a total of 58 points. Zook's first two losses were by a total of 28 points.
The comparison worsens for Muschamp when you consider Zook's current 6-0 team at Illinois.
As of this writing, no one has started a web site called "rehireronzook.com."
Alabama 35, Ole Miss 7: Just when I thought the Tide was on a Bear Bryant roll, my research team uncovered a startling fact: Alabama hasn't scored more than 28 points on the Rebels since 2002. In fact, Alabama's 2009 national championship team scored only 22 points against the same Ole Miss defense that gave up 41 points to Mississippi State.
Will such a string of unimpressive victories make the Tide want to hang half a hundred on the Rebels?
Not if its priorities are in order. Poll points don't matter to Alabama, either.
It should have started preparing for LSU as soon at it knocked Florida quarterback John Brantley out of the game Oct. 1.
South Carolina 27, Mississippi State 13: New Gamecocks starting quarterback Connor Shaw passed for four touchdowns against Kentucky but was still upstaged a few days later by former starter Stephen Garcia, who was dismissed from the team.
Garcia apparently was the victim of the school's new get-tough policy: Six suspensions and you're out.
Just wondering: Since Garcia already has graduated, could he enroll in graduate school at Kentucky and be eligible for the rest of the football season?
Then, if anything happened to quarterback Morgan Newton, the Wildcats could put in Garcia and sputter along without missing a beat.
Georgia 28, Vanderbilt 13: Is anyone else wondering how long the Commodores will put up with first-year coach James Franklin. The guy takes football way too seriously.
Latest example: He used a helicopter to recruit Atlanta, just as former UT coach Lane Kiffin did.
Top 25: Oklahoma 66, Kansas 17; Wisconsin 52, Indiana 14; Boise State 48, Colorado State 17; Oklahoma State 41, Texas 23; Stanford 47, Washington State 20; Clemson 34, Maryland 20; Oregon 35, Arizona State 24; Michigan 31, Michigan State 30; Georgia Tech 34, Virginia 17; Illinois 30, Ohio State 24; Kansas State 37, Texas Tech 34; Virginia Tech 32, Wake Forest 24; Texas A&M 42, Baylor 38.
Record: 106-19 (.847) overall, 71-40 (.639) against the spread.