Tennessee Stat Book
Tennessee hasn't played Cincinnati since 1992, which leads to an obvious question: Why?
SEC fans outside of Kentucky or Vanderbilt have a better chance of being abducted by aliens than seeing their team lose to a school from Ohio.
Ohio State's bowl failure against SEC teams is well documented. But the rest of Ohio isn't exactly flourishing against the SEC. Even Vanderbilt has won more often than it has lost against Ohio teams.
Tennessee is 7-1 against Ohio teams with its only loss coming to Cincinnati in 1904. Imagine how many UT fans have been abducted by Martians alone since then.
Tennessee 37, Cincinnati 27: The Vols have waited so long to play Cincinnati, it has become BCS certified.
The Bearcats don't just belong to the BCS. They actually participate in BCS bowls (after the 2008 and 2009 seasons).
They have progressed to the point that beating them would be significant for a UT program that hasn't played in a BCS bowl this millennium. If not for the victory over Ole Miss last November, this would rank as the biggest victory of the Derek Dooley era.
South Carolina 34, Georgia 24: As usual, head coach Mark Richt and Mike Bobo will get most of the blame for the Bulldogs' failure. And no one will point an accusatory finger at Russ, who is 4-6 as an interim mascot after the season-opening loss to Boise State.
That's why I call him "Teflon Uga."
Mississippi State 37, Auburn 30: Welcome to the Cam Newton Bowl.
Auburn is the school that won last year's national championship with Newton as its quarterback. Mississippi State is the school that would have won the national championship if it had paid whatever Newton's dad was asking.
If Cam Newton can't toss the coin, maybe his father, Cecil, will do the honors. His son is making so much money with the Carolina Panthers, Cecil probably won't even pocket the coin.
Alabama 27, Penn State 13: Any Alabama coach worth a stadium statue has beaten coach Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions. In fact, Nick Saban even beat them when he was coaching Michigan State.
It will be a game-day decision as to whether Joe Paterno will coach from the sideline, the press box, a nearby hotel or from a distant cousin's den.
Vanderbilt 20, Connecticut 17: The Commodores obviously are thinking "big picture" here.
Even if they lose to the Huskies, this should open the door to recruiting the fertile football grounds of Connecticut, which has put more players in the NFL than Alaska.
Expect to see a few UT fans in the stands in support of first-year UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni, whose fourth-quarter coaching at Syracuse got the Vols off and running toward their 1998 national championship.
Ole Miss 35, Southern Illinois 10: Rebels fans have been pointing to this game since 1994.
Not only did Ole Miss beat Southern Illinois 59-3 that year.
It did so without a full-time head coach. And the interim coach wasn't even fully dressed.
At least, I don't remember Joe Lee Dunn ever wearing socks.
LSU 52, Northwestern State 7: Tulane was the last Louisiana team to beat LSU (in 1982). In-state schools, Tulane included, have been paying for it ever since.
LSU has won 26 consecutive games against in-state schools. Only two of those games were decided by fewer than 12 points. Not even Curley Hallman lost to an in-state school.
Arkansas 60, New Mexico 10: The Lobos haven't given up more than 60 points since way back in late November of last year. But they haven't improved enough to keep the Razorbacks from posting a basketball score.
Kentucky 24, Central Michigan 13: If you are still calling Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton "Cam" by mistake, you didn't see him play last week against Western Kentucky.
Top 25: Florida State 55, Charleston Southern 3; Stanford 52, Duke 17; Wisconsin 34, Oregon State 17; Nebraska 41, Fresno State 13; Virginia Tech 42, Arkansas State 17; Oregon 45, Nevada 13; TCU 34, Air Force 20; Ohio State 31, Toledo 17; Michigan State 45, Florida Atlantic 8; West Virginia 42, Norfolk State 7; South Florida 34, Ball State 17; Texas 30, BYU 10.
Record: 20-2 (.909) overall, 10-7 (.588) against the spread.