Tennessee can learn something from Ole Miss.
Look what the Rebels did last Saturday against Alabama. They drove 72 yards for a touchdown on their first possession.
How stupid was that?
All that did was infuriate the No. 2 Tide, which spent the rest of the game punishing the Rebels in a 52-7 victory.
The Rebels' only chance was overconfidence on Alabama's part. The Vols have the same chance on Saturday night.
And that chance would be enhanced by a quick, easy score for Alabama.
I'm not suggesting UT should let Alabama score. The NCAA might frown on such creativity. But if the Tide does score quickly and easily, so much the better for the Vols.
As a 27-point favorite and with four consecutive victories in the series, Alabama already should be susceptible to overconfidence. If it scores with little opposition, it would be more susceptible.
UT should remember that from last season when LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson ran up the middle for 83 yards and a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. His path was so clear, he must have thought he was running the wrong way at some point. Right away, the favored Tigers probably started wondering how they would hold down the score.
And the Vols spent the rest of the game playing well enough to win before losing on the last play by two points.
Longtime UT fans have an even better example. They can remember when the Vols routed heavily favored Miami 35-7 in the Sugar Bowl.
The rout began with a quick, easy touchdown for the Hurricanes.
Alabama 33, Tennessee 7: The Vols blew it last year against Alabama when they scored the game's first touchdown on a 59-yard run by Tauren Poole. That also was their last touchdown in a 41-10 defeat.
Arkansas 49, Ole Miss 20: Coach Bobby Petrino has had two weeks to prepare for the Rebels. He needed about two minutes.
Never mind how good the Razorbacks are offensively. No way the Rebels will give up 50 or more points in back-to-back games.
LSU 34, Auburn 14: LSU's suspension of leading rusher Spencer Ware and defensive star Tyrann Mathieu has been the story of the week. Its depth of talent likely be the story of the game — as it was in the season opener against Oregon.
Playing without three starters, the Tigers beat the top-10 Ducks by 13 points.
Vanderbilt 34, Army 24: The Commodores have so many losing streaks in play, their one against service academies is often overlooked. Vanderbilt has lost three consecutive games to service-academy teams, including a 16-13 overtime loss to Army two years ago.
In the second half of the season, the Commodores also will have a chance to end losing streaks against Arkansas (2 games), Florida (20), Kentucky (2), Tennessee (5) and Wake Forest (3).
Kentucky 23, Jacksonville State 17: An open date followed by a game with an FCS team: That qualifies as momentum for the Wildcats, who reportedly have applied to both FEMA and basketball coach John Calipari for disaster relief.
Top 25: Oklahoma 52, Texas Tech 24; Oklahoma State 38, Missouri 27; Wisconsin 34, Michigan State 23; Oregon 61, Colorado 17; Boise State 49, Air Force 17; Clemson 38, North Carolina 24; Stanford 45, Washington 24; Kansas State 45, Kansas 31; Nebraska 45, Minnesota 17; Notre Dame 34, Southern California 27; Texas A&M 45, Iowa State 20; Virginia Tech 35, Boston College 17; Miami 34, Georgia Tech 30; Houston 42, Marshall 20.
Record: 121-22 (.846) overall, 80-49 (.621) against the spread.