Looking Backwards for a Crystal Ball: Week One
I always keep up with future Vols opponents on a weekly basis. The trick is whether or not any of it has any bearing on what will happen when Tennessee eventually faces that particular winner or loser.
Relevant or not, those are the first scores that I look for when reviewing the Sunday paper.
Here’s what Tennessee’s future opponents did this past week, in order of the Vols schedule.
Georgia State lost to South Carolina State, 33-6. SC State had 488 total yards on 78 plays. That’s a lot of plays. Georgia State may be the worst team the Vols have played in the past 50 years.
Florida defeated Bowling Green, 27-14. Mike Gillislee ran for 148 yards. But the Gators were only up a field goal as late as the 4th quarter. May their troubles continue.
Akron was trounced by Central Florida, 56-14. This game might cause new head coach Terry Bowden wish he hadn’t bit on the Zip’s job offer. Akron lost three fumbles, including two inside its own 10-yard line, and also had an interception. This is a team that went 1-11 each of the last two seasons.
Georgia defeated Buffalo, 45-23. The Number 6 Bulldogs were favored by 37.5 points but lead only by eight points at halftime. Next week, Georgia gets the undesirable job of welcoming Missouri into the SEC, at Mizzou.
Mississippi State trounced in-state neighbor Jackson State, 56-9. The Bulldogs gave a balanced offensive performance: 183 yards passing and 194 yards rushing. The defense returned two INTs for TDs.
Alabama strong-armed Michigan, 41-14. Helped by a neutral field setting, this was supposed to be a good matchup. It wasn’t. It was the first regular-season meeting against two of the biggest brand names in all of college football. Not good advertising for the maize-and-blue colored brand.
South Carolina squeeked by Vanderbilt, 17-13. Vandy had their chances to create a huge upset on a national stage in this season opener for all of college football. But in the end, Gamecock RB Marcus Lattimore was too much, and the Commodores can only call themselves scrappy. That’s not what I usually call them.
Troy opened with a road win at UAB, 39-29. UAB’s QB threw for 307 yards, but he also threw an INT and lost a fumble, both in the 4th quarter. Please, no more thoughts of North Texas State.
Missouri trounced Southeast Louisiana, 62-10. Marcus Murphy scored on punt returns of 72 and 70 yards, and Kendial Lawrence ran for a 76-yard TD. A home crowd that was 8,000 shy of a sellout in the first game of Mizzou as a member of the SEC was the only disappointment for the home school.
Kentucky lost to in-state rival Louisville on the road, 32-14. Kentucky is not only the worst team in the SEC, but is in the running for worst team in their state. Yes, I am still bitter about last year’s loss.