Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says this offense is more fun than any of his previous three seasons at Tennessee.
Why wouldn't he feel that way? The Vols have improved their total offense by 153 yards per game over last year, their rushing attack by 72 yards per game and their scoring average by nearly two touchdowns (12.8 points) per game.
Heck, just the addition of Cordarrelle Patterson would make any offense more fun.
All that said, don't expect Chaney or anyone on the coaching staff to allow themselves to enjoy the ride.
"Enjoying,'' Chaney said Wednesday, "that's maybe something you get to do during retirement.''
For now, however, he has to figure out how to score 40 points Saturday against Missouri.
And hope that's enough.
At Georgia, 44 wasn't enough. Last Saturday against Troy, 47 wouldn't have been enough.
Chaney's troops came through with a 55-48 win to avoid a homecoming disaster that might well have launched a coaching search this week.
Sunday morning, he was back at the drawing board. Given the dire state of UT's defense, the offensive brain trust can't afford to hit the cruise control switch.
So now, Missouri. The Tigers have beaten only Kentucky in six SEC games. But that doesn't make Chaney feel any better about his offense's challenge this week.
Mizzou's problems have come primarily on offense. The Tigers rank No. 22 nationally in total defense, allowing 327 yards a game.
"(Defensive coordinator) Dave Steckel is a heckuva football coach,'' Chaney said. "When you have talent and they play hard, good things come your way.''
Looking down the road a week, Vanderbilt's defense is even better statistically, ranked No. 19.
The predicament is clear. You must assume the Vols' defense is going to give up a bunch of points. The pressure is always on the offense. Always.
Go in a funk for a couple of possessions, fumble or throw a pick and that "W" becomes more elusive.
Some armchair coaches — and some real coaches, too — are wondering if Chaney's offense isn't too successful. It scores too quickly. That puts UT's defense back on the field.
Head coach Derek Dooley was asked this week if he's thought about slowing down the offense.
He has, it turns out.
"But then I am thinking to myself, what I don't want to do is screw up something that's really good,'' Dooley said. "And our offense is really good right now.''
Nobody asked me, but if they did I'd tell 'em don't slow anything down. Don't take a chance on screwing up the one thing that might save the day.
If you can drive the field in four plays in 90 seconds, go score.
The no-huddle offense
the Vols employ this year has increased the offensive tempo. But we're not talking Oregon here. Tennessee plays fast, but not track-meet fast.
Slowing down the tempo or trying to drag out a possession to eight, nine or 10 plays would run time off the clock. But it would also increases the chances of the drive being sabotaged by a holding penalty or a missed block that stuffs a run.
The 2012 season has been one shootout after another. This team needs points out of every drive it can get. Go get those points the best way you can.
If it's not broke, don't fix it. It's not Tennessee's offense that's broke.