After Tennessee's lopsided loss to Florida back in September, I read that UT still had a shot at winning the SEC East title and a subsequent chance to play in the SEC Championship game. I assumed that the writer was either mentally unstable or intoxicated.
Saturday's win against Arkansas was huge. No one (including the OFIT) expected UT's defense to corral Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. Together they put up around 500 yards against South Carolina the week before. Tennessee's Swiss cheese defense didn't seem to stand a chance. But somehow, Chavis cooked up the right scheme and pretty much shut down the Hogs' offense. UT's offense didn't always look pretty, but they did what they had to do to win and keep it out of reach.
Next up for Tennessee is Vanderbilt. The last time these two met at Neyland, Vandy pulled the upset. Assuming UT isn't looking past Vandy to Kentucky, the Vols should be able to take care of business on Saturday. Then, and only then, will it be time to think about the Wildcats.
Sunday afternoon I watched as the anemic Titan offense tried to generate points. I can't figure out if it's Chow's system or VY's inability to follow up a very good rookie season. Vince is an amazing athlete, but his QB skills have left a lot to be desired this year.
Time for me to focus. Next week is a vacation week. 5 days and counting....