Head Coach Phillip Fulmer, in his 16th season leading the Tennessee Volunteers, today showed that he is still the man for the job in Knoxville. The Georgia Bulldogs came to town highly ranked (12th) and with momentum, but it was all Tennessee on this day as a trio of running back's led by Arian Foster ran all over Georgia in a convincing 35-14 victory. Aided by the steady hands of Erik Ainge and Lucas Taylor, Tennessee improved to 3-2 and amazingly enough controls their own destiny to the SEC title game.
Local news outlets in Knoxville reported that it might be time for Tennessee to look into the future and the possibility of life without Fulmer, so maybe it was the spark needed to cause Tennessee to play so well today. Tough early-season losses to Cal and Florida left many Tennessee fans questioning the worth of this season, but one victory today takes away all the pain and really is cause for optimism.
The defense played excellent today, but the running of Arian Foster and LeMarcus Coker was pivotal to victory. Throw in a little trickery with a TD pass thrown by Lucas Taylor and Tennessee was fun to watch in Neyland Stadium. Georgia came in with 3 consecutive victories in Knoxville, but Tennessee built on last season's success in Athens with this victory.
What lies ahead for Tennessee? They have to travel to Alabama and Kentucky, but get South Carolina and Arkansas at home. These will all be intriguing games for various reasons, but if Tennessee can pull off victories in all of them, the Vols will find themselves in Atlanta against LSU, the same team they faced in their last trip to the SEC title game. Maybe this year it can be a different outcome.