Today's silver lining: Four of the Vols' seven remaining opponents suffered losses over the weekend, including the team up next ... Georgia.
Here's a look at how each of the future foes fared:
- Georgia (this Saturday in Knoxville). The Bulldogs (3-2 overall, 2-1 SEC) led visiting LSU 13-12 until Charles Scott burst 33 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 46 seconds left for a 20-13 Tiger victory. Joe Cox completed 18 of 34 pases for 229 yards but the Dawgs managed just 45 rushing yards.
- Alabama (Oct. 24 in Tuscaloosa). The Tide (5-0, 2-0) scored two touchdowns in the final 40 seconds of the first half, padding a 7-6 lead to 21-6, en route to a 38-20 win at Kentucky. Greg McElroy rallied from a poor start to complete 15 of 26 passes for 148 yards.
- South Carolina (Oct. 31 in Knoxville). The Gamecocks (4-1, 1-1) matched the best start of the Steve Spurrier era by beating Football Championship Subdivision foe South Carolina State 38-14. Carolina was outgained 159-149 in first-half yards and led just 10-7 at the break before finding its rhythm. S.C. State's two TDs were the school's first in five games against Football Bowl Subdivision foes.
- Memphis (Nov. 7 in Knoxville). The Tigers (1-4) led Central Florida 14-9 with two minutes left in the third quarter only to be outscored 23-0 over the final 17 minutes of a 32-14 loss. Memphis quarterbacks Tyler Bass (10 of 15, 115 yards) and Will Hudgens (6-15, 143 yards) combined to complete 16 of 30 passes for 258 yards. Duke Calhoun caught four passes for 162 yards but the Tigers mustered just 67 rushing yards on 26 attempts.
- Ole Miss (Nov. 14 in Oxford). The Rebels (3-1, 1-1) bounced back from last week's loss to South Carolina to thump Vanderbilt 23-7. Jevan Snead completed 19 of 34 passes for 237 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Ole Miss kept the ball 35:49 to 24:11.
- Vanderbilt (Nov. 21 in Knoxville) The Commodores (2-3, 0-3) continued their offensive struggles in a 23-7 loss to visiting Ole Miss. Larry Smith completed just 10 of 27 passes for 69 yards for Vandy, which was penalized 12 times.
- Kentucky (Nov. 28 in Lexington). The Wildcats (2-2, 0-2) got a pair of 49-yard field goals from Lones Seiber but little else in a 38-20 loss to visiting Alabama. Mike Hartline completed 17 of 31 passes for 168 yards but tossed three interceptions.