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How Tennessee’s Opponents Fared in Week 5

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GAINESVILLE, FL – September 25, 2021 – The Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

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

From Virginia to Vanderbilt, let’s take a look at how the Vols’ 2023 opponents in the fourth week of the college football season.

Week 1 Opponent: Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia continued their losing streak with a 27-24 loss to Boston College on the road. The Cavaliers are now a dreadful 0-5, the only winless team remaining in the Power Five.

Week 2 Opponent: Austin Peay Governors

Austin Peay extended their winning streak to three games with a 52-10 win over Lindenwood. The Governors are now 3-2 after starting the season 0-2.

Week 3 Opponent: Florida Gators

Florida was dominated by Kentucky, 33-14, in Lexington. The Gators’ win over Tennessee was a promising sign for how year two of the Billy Napier era might go, but a near 20-point loss to the Wildcats means Florida still has a lot of work to do.

The Gators are now 3-2 on the season.

Week 4 Opponent: UTSA Roadrunners

Bye Week. UTSA still sits at 1-3 after their Tennessee loss in Week 4.

Week 5 Opponent: South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina lost 41-20 to Tennessee in Neyland Stadium to fall to 2-3 on the season. The loss puts the Gamecocks well behind in the eight ball in terms of SEC standings, as Shane Beamer’s squad is 0-2 in SEC play.

Week 6 Opponent: Texas A&M Aggies

In their first full game without starting quarterback Connor Weigman, who is out for the season with an injury, the Aggies handled Arkansas in Arlington (neutral site), 34-22. The Aggies still look good with backup quarterback Max Johnson starting and are now 4-1 going into Alabama week.

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Week 7 Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama extended their winning streak to three games with a 40-17 win over Mississippi State in Starkville. The Tide have looked good in their past two wins but face a tougher test this weekend in Texas A&M in College Station.

Alabama is 4-1 on the season.

Week 8 Opponent: Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky picked up their biggest win of the season so far with a 33-14 win over Florida in Lexington. Ray Davis rushed for a staggering 280 yards, and we’ll see how good the Cats truly are when they face off against Georgia this weekend in Athens.

Kentucky remains undefeated on the season at 5-0, joining Missouri and Georgia as the SEC’s only unbeaten teams.

Week 9 Opponent: UConn Huskies

UConn nearly got their first win of the season but lost by one point to Utah State at home, 34-33, as the Huskies’ fourth-quarter comeback fell just short.

After a solid 6-6 season last year, Jim Mora’s squad is now reeling in his second year and off to a 0-5 start.

Week 10 Opponent: Missouri Tigers

Missouri’s undefeated season continued with a 38-21 win over Vanderbilt. The Tigers were also with starting quarterback and wide receiver duo Brady Cook and Luther Burden despite injuries each of them were dealing with.

The 5-0 Tigers host LSU next weekend, who is coming off a disappointing loss to Ole Miss.

Week 11 Opponent: Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia had quite the scare at Auburn last week, needing a late fourth-quarter touchdown to beat the Tigers on the road. The Bulldogs won 27-20, but Auburn and South Carolina have now played Georgia very close.

Georgia will look to keep their undefeated season alive this weekend when a hot Kentucky team comes to Athens.

Week 12 Opponent: Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt lost to Missouri by 17 at home, their fourth straight loss. Vanderbilt is now 2-4 after starting the season 2-0.

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