The Tennessee Volunteers nearly pulled off the upset at No. 13 South Carolina last Saturday. The players were prepared, the coaches were sharp and Derek Dooley's crutches were polished—you couldn't have asked for much more.
But as always, there were some things that stood out from the rest, for better or worse.
One thing is for sure, though. The entire Vol Nation is a winner after surviving another treacherous October. That's the month that features the bulk of the SEC East teams and Alabama, meaning it's a brutally difficult month.
There are few more winners, too. Take a look!