Missouri should feel right at home this afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
Never mind the new venue. Once these SEC rookies line up against UT's defense, they will think they're back in the Big 12, where defense is a foreign subject and games like UT's 55-48 victory over Troy last Saturday are routine.
Tennessee 38, Missouri 34: That's not a halftime score. Despite what I've seen the last six weeks, I actually believe the Vols can hold an opponent under 38 points — especially since this particular opponent is averaging 22 points a game, or about eight points fewer than what Troy had at halftime last week.
Alabama 34, Texas A&M 17: The Aggies can match the Tide in offense. Defense is another matter, as Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel found out against LSU and in the second half against Florida.
Nobody else has come close to containing the SEC's total offensive leader. But look for Alabama to pick up where LSU left off, containing Manziel in the pocket and forcing him to throw into tight coverage.
The Tigers intercepted him three times and held him to 27 yards rushing.
Manziel bounced back quickly — as evidenced by his stats and the female companions in his Halloween photos that have made the Internet rounds.
LSU 38, Mississippi State 17: Les Miles' coaching gaffes, which figured so prominently in the loss to Alabama, shouldn't be a factor against the Bulldogs, who have lost back-to-back games after a 7-0 start. If they don't snap out of it fast, coach Dan Mullen will lose his spot on the rumor mill as the successor to UT coach Derek Dooley.
Note to Miles: You don't have to fake field goals or attempt them from 54 yards. Just hand the ball to any one of your four or five running backs.
Georgia 37, Auburn 20: The Bulldogs beat the rush when it came to beating the Tigers. They beat Auburn 45-7 last season when the Tigers were defending national champions.
That was the first of eight consecutive SEC losses for the Tigers. This will be No. 9. No. 10 is scheduled for Nov. 24 in Tuscaloosa.
Wonder if Auburn coach Gene Chizik requested to be Joker Phillips' Facebook friend this week?
Florida 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 13: UT fans should be pulling for the Gators in this one. If the Gators have a big day passing, the Vols could move up in NCAA pass-defense statistics.
UT currently ranks 115th nationally in pass defense. Louisiana-Lafayette is 114th.
Vanderbilt 27, Ole Miss 24: The Commodores have won three of their last four SEC games and still have a chance to win eight games in a season for the first time in 30 years. If they keep this up, NCAA investigators will start wondering what's going on.
South Carolina, 35, Arkansas 20: It's too much to ask for Razorbacks coach John L. Smith to pull off two upsets this week. He already beat the odds once by not being fired before Kentucky's Phillips.
Top 25: Kansas State 34, TCU 23; Notre Dame 38, Boston College 10; Oregon 63, Cal 17; Oregon State 27, Stanford 24; Oklahoma 56, Baylor 24; Clemson 42, Maryland 13; Southern California 48, Arizona State 24; Texas Tech 55, Kansas 20; Louisville 37, Syracuse 24; Nebraska 31, Penn State 27; Oklahoma State 45, West Virginia 38; Rutgers 34, Army 17; Louisiana Tech 48, Texas State 17.
Record: 163-38 (.819), 93-86 (.520) against the spread.