The best-case scenario for the Tennessee Vols against No. 1 LSU on Saturday was to keep it close early and hope to come up with a big special teams or defensive play to challenge the mighty Tigers.
Tennessee did keep it close in the first half, but LSU eventually wore the young Vols down with relative ease in a 38-7 victory.
It wasn't an unexpected ending for most of the Tennessee fans in attendance, or not in attendance since most of them were gone before the fourth quarter began.
All was not lost against LSU, however. Tennessee finally got its running game going with 111 yards on the ground. Coming in to Saturday's game, the Vols had rushed for negative-28 yards in their first two SEC games of the season.
Senior running back Tauren Poole finished with 70 yards on 19 carries and was a man possessed on the Vols lone touchdown drive of the afternoon.
Freshman kick returner Devrin Young continued to show his potential with 135 return yards on five attempts, including a 60-yard kick return in the fourth quarter.
Tennessee's defense played well against the run early, but once LSU brought in Jordan Jefferson to go along with running back Spencer Ware, Tennessee could not stop the Tigers offense.
If you thought the 38-7 result at home versus the No. 1 Tigers was difficult to stomach, next week's game in Tuscaloosa against No. 2 Alabama will probably be just as heartburn-inducing.
If it was a minor shock that the Vols scored against LSU, it will be an even bigger surprise if the Vols can muster much of anything against the incredibly talented, and even higher ranked Crimson Tide defense.