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How Tennessee’s 2023 Opponents Fared in Week 2

Brock Bowers – Georgia Tight End // Photo via Georgia Athletics

Each week, Rocky Top Insider will take a look at how all 12 opponents from Tennessee’s 2023 schedule fared.

From Georgia to UConn, let’s take a look at how the Vols’ 2023 opponents in the second week of the college football season.

Week 1 Opponent: Virginia Cavaliers

After overcoming a 14-0 deficit to take a 35-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter, James Madison came back to beat the Cavaliers 36-35 in Charlottesville. Virginia is now 0-2 to start year two of the Tony Elliott era.

Week 2 Opponent: Austin Peay Governors

After putting up a good fight in the first half, the Governors lost 30-13 to Tennessee in Neyland Stadium. Austin Peay is 0-2 to start the season.

Week 3 Opponent: Florida Gators

Florida won their first game of the season with a 49-7 throttling over McNeese State in Week 2.

Week 4 Opponent: UTSA Roadrunners

UTSA won a close one against a solid Texas State team, 20-13, at home. The Roadrunners are 1-1 to start the season after losing to Houston by three points in Week 1.

Week 5 Opponent: South Carolina Gamecocks

Despite early struggles, South Carolina went on to cruise to a 47-21 victory over Furman. The Gamecocks are 1-1 to begin the year.

Week 6 Opponent: Texas A&M Aggies

Texas A&M lost on the road to Miami, 48-33. Despite another solid offensive performance, the Aggies’ defense looked very suspect as the lost their first game of the season.

Week 7 Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide

The Texas Longhorns snapped Alabama’s 21-game home winning streak dating back to 2019 with a convincing 34-24 victory. It is Nick Saban’s first non-conference regular season home loss since 2007. Additionally, Alabama had never lost by double digits at home in the Nick Saban era until Saturday.

Alabama is now 1-1 on the season.

Week 8 Opponent: Kentucky Wildcats

In an ugly, unconvincing effort, Kentucky beat FCS team Eastern Kentucky 28-17 in Lexington to improve to 2-0.

Week 9 Opponent: UConn Huskies

UConn dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 35-14 blowout loss to Georgia State on the road.

Week 10 Opponent: Missouri Tigers

It wasn’t pretty, but Missouri improved to 2-0 with a close 23-19 win over MTSU, holding off the Blue Raiders’ fourth-quarter comeback bid.

Week 11 Opponent: Georgia Bulldogs

After not scoring in the first quarter, Georgia went on to throttle Ball State 45-3 to improve to 2-0.

Week 12 Opponent: Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt lost their first game of the season in a 36-20 defeat to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The Commodores went 0-2 against the Demon Deacons in the home-and-home series.

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