Vols Blown Out; Seat Warming Up For Jones

Georgia fans in Sanford Stadium before the Mississippi State game in Athens on Sept. 23 2017

"That's not my defense".

Butch Jones is be the mayor of Hot Seat city but it would take the GDP of a small city to fire the Tennessee head coach.

It's hard to play perfectly on special teams throughout an entire season. After D'Andre Walker blocked Trevor Daniel's punt off his helmet and Georgia recovered at the Tennessee 26, Brian Herrien added insult to injury as he scored six plays later from the 1-yard line to give the Dawgs a commanding 38-0 lead. The Bulldogs leaped from seventh to fifth in the Top 25 that came out Sunday.

Never mind. Bad snap by Jason Roberston, and the Vols turn it right back over to Georgia.

Georgia has yielded the second-fewest points per game (9.2) and the third-fewest yards per game (244.0) of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. Tennessee had four turnovers and just seven first downs the entire game.

Tennessee lost at home to No. 7 Georgia 41-0 on Saturday, an all-around ugly game that marked the Volunteers' first shutout loss since 1994 and worst lost to Georgia since 1981.

An angry Tennessee crowd emptied the stands in the fourth quarter. "I think there is a lot of stuff that went into that". Jones would earn about $3.6 million per season.

Smart said he didn't have to say much this week.

That's exactly what they've done. If Jones survives the next 36-48 hours, then it would seem likely he survives the remainder of the season, give or take a week depending how things play out. That's really the whole reason Georgia has a double-digit lead at the half.

Georgia tailback Sony Michel tacked on a 21-yard rushing touchdown to stretch Georgia's lead to 31 near the end of the third quarter.

Stidham launched a handful of deep balls for Auburn, including a 47-yard touchdown to a wide-open Will Hastings and a 57-yarder to Eli Stove from his own end zone.

The only way Tennessee (3-2, 0-2) could have beaten Georgia on a sun-splashed afternoon was for Peyton Manning, who attended the game as part of College Football Hall of Fame, had come out of retirement. If they fired Butch Jones on Sunday, they would owe him $9.2 million.

"You can't let your foot off their throat", Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter said.

This was a day when the football team looked like it wanted to be some place else and the fans looked for the exits early.

Everything has fallen into place for this defense thus far.

The Vols' defense was able to hold Georgia (5-0, 2-0 SEC) to 10 points in the first quarter, but withered away in the ensuing three quarters of play.

They've been shutting down opponents all year.

The problem in Baton Rouge, more than dropping a home game against Troy, paying them almost $1 million for the game and getting trolled on Twitter afterward, is the unfathomable buyout clause in Orgeron's contract, which is reported to be $12 million. His completions barely outpace his interceptions (two). Quinten Dormady was intercepted on the first play of the game. The kick went for minus-4 yards and Walker was credited with a blocked punt, albeit inadvertent. "They had it under control".