How badly has this Tennessee football season gone?
Answer: So badly that its fans will actually miss University of Alabama fans today.
Don't get the wrong idea, UT fans won't miss those pompons shaking arrogantly in their direction every time the Tide demonstrates its superiority. And they won't miss how the scoreboard looks when the Tide leaves the premises.
But they will miss having Alabama fans to buy their tickets.
Troy doesn't travel that well.
Tennessee 52, Troy 24: Vols quarterback Tyler Bray is coming off his best game against a nationally ranked team, albeit in a losing cause. So you can expect even more eye-catching numbers against a defense that doesn't include Jadeveon Clowney.
Alabama 21, LSU 0: Remind you of anything?
I'm not suggesting the Tide will prevent the Tigers from making it to midfield, or perhaps even to the brink of field-goal range.
But why should anyone expect LSU to make any more headway on the scoreboard in this game than it did in the national championship game?
Texas A&M 37, Mississippi State 31: The Aggies will be introduced to cowbells today. The Bulldogs will be introduced to Johnny Football.
I cringed writing that. In fact, as much as I like watching Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel play, I'm already tired of hearing announcers refer to him as "Johnny Football."
The Bulldogs will just be tired of chasing him by the end of the day.
Georgia 38, Ole Miss 27: The Bulldogs' defense actually played up to its potential in a victory over Florida last week. Imagine that.
Now, it can take the remainder of the regular season off while resting up for the SEC championship game. The offense still will outscore everyone else on the schedule.
No one can accuse the Rebels of not playing up to their potential in Hugh Freeze's first season as head coach. They've already won two SEC games, are a victory away from bowl eligibility, and didn't embarrass themselves in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Florida 27, Missouri 13: Wonder how many front-running Florida fans will jump off the bandwagon since their team basically lost any shot at another national title last week against Georgia?
Not enough that The Swamp won't make a noisy first impression on SEC rookie Missouri.
Vanderbilt 24, Kentucky 20: Look who's almost set to go bowling again. In fact, the Commodores have become so confident under coach James Franklin, they probably believe they can win out.
In case you're wondering, their last three games are against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest.
Arkansas 41, Tulsa 37: The Razorbacks will narrowly avoid ending the season on a five-game losing streak.
Auburn 30, New Mexico State 20: Just the name "Aggies" should be worth a few points after Texas A&M rang up 63 points on the Tigers last week.
Top 25: Kansas State 45, Oklahoma State 30; Oregon 49, Southern California 31; Notre Dame 37, Pittsburgh 17; Ohio State 44, Illinois 17; Texas Tech 48, Texas 38; Oklahoma 41, Iowa State 27; Oregon State 36, Arizona State 27; Louisville 40, Temple 23; Stanford 42, Colorado 13; Clemson 45, Duke 17; Boise State 38, San Diego State 24; West Virginia 41, TCU 30; Louisiana Tech 45, UTSA 31; Nebraska 27, Michigan State 24; Arizona 41, UCLA 38.
Record: 143-34 (.808) overall, 79-76 (.509) against the spread.