You know, there might be something to be said for college football coaches getting out of Dodge right away after “deciding” not to come back next year. Saturday was not kind to the lame duck coach, especially poor Phil Fulmer, who is fading off into the sunset in shockingly dismal fashion.
(Don’t worry, Phil, it’s almost over)
Remember when Tennessee’s loss to UCLA in the season opener was considered an upset? The Vols somehow managed to sink to a new low this week, while Washington is still 0-for-the-season and Kansas State lost their fourth in a row. But it’s Tennessee’s loss that is sending shockwaves through the college football world.
The TENNESSEAN’s Bryan Mullen sort of sums up the Vols’ loss to woeful Wyoming of the Mountain West, a team that has been outscored 138-14 in losses to conference foes BYU, TCU, and Utah:
Some members of the Tennessee football team will play in the program’s annual junior varsity game Thursday in Neyland Stadium.
It appeared the entire team played in one Saturday.
It was homecoming for the Vols, who were 26-point favorites against the lowest-scoring team in college football. With the embarrassing 13-7 result, Tennessee has lost seven games for only the second time ever. The program has never lost eight games in a season, but they’ll get two chances to do just that.
Meanwhile, Ron Prince’s Kansas State team was lackluster in a 41-24 loss to Missouri that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. And in Seattle, Tyrone Willingham has to take solace in actually keeping it close for most of the game, even if his team still lost 39-19 to Arizona State to fall to 0-9.