An abbreviated roundup this week since it all comes down to the next two games
I'm disappointed in the outcome but not surprised. We're just not good enough to have key players get dinged up and then go out and beat another team. It's just not going to happen. Maybe that sounds like an excuse, and I don't intend for it to be. We lost this game through poor execution no doubt, but Garrett, Alaka, and Walker are our defense. Lose those three and we're done for.
I've said it elsewhere and I'll say it again, it's pretty sweet to beat Texas A&M again, and on the road. While I respect their fans and our brothers and sisters over at Good Bull Hunting, their insistence on over looking Mizzou and believing they deserve a better rivalry opponent doesn't match up with their record vs the Tigers of Columbia, Missouri.
For the first time in Butch Jones' tenure in Knoxville, Tennessee ran away with a meaningful SEC game, jumping out to a 30-3 lead before cruising to an 50-16 win over Kentucky Saturday afternoon in Knoxville. Josh Dobbs threw for 293 yards and ran for 53, and Jalen Hurd added his third 100-yard game of the season, leading the Tennessee offense to 511 yards and 43 points. Dobbs threw for three touchdowns, throwing two to Von Pearson, one to Jason Croom, and running for a fourth. The defense forced two turnovers, sacked the Kentucky quarterbacks five times--including two each by Curt Maggitt and true freshman Derek Barnett--and added a score in a dominant victory for the Vols.
Tennessee beat Kentucky by a bunch, mostly to prove they could. I didn't get to watch much of the game but they did have a whole bye week to prepare. Josh Dobbs, who Mizzou has seen before, was pretty okay I guess. Playing on the road in front of 100,000 fans obviously doesn't faze Mizzou's defense. Let's hope the offense fixes their false start/illegal motion penalties because Tennessee's defense, unlike A&M's, is actually decent.
Offensively, the Hogs did enough. They finally started targeting the tight ends more frequently. Hunter Henry, AJ Derby, and Jeremy Sprinkle accounted for 9 of Brandon Allen's 16 completions. The running backs weren't spectacular, but it was enough. Jonathan Williams ran for 55 yards and Alex Collins for 46.
Arkansas got their first SEC win in years! I can already hear Jack Peglow cackling to himself as he moves them even further up the SEC Power Rankings. Glad it wasn't against us.
The newly founded "Battle Line Rivalry" the day after Thanksgiving looms large, I wonder if the fans will show up?