The Tennessee Volunteers finished September 3-2 and now enter three of their toughest games of the season in October, a month that hasn't been kind in recent years.
Since the 2007 SEC East division championship season, the Vols are 5-15 in October, 1-11 since 2009. Tennessee either hasn't learned enough from its September games or October must feature the hardest teams.
The truth is somewhere in the middle.
While the schedule can't be changed this year, here are some key takeaways from the first month of the season that ought to guide the team throughout October and the rest of 2013.