KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee looked like it played inspired football in the Vols’ first game without Butch Jones on the sideline.
The effort wasn’t enough to lead to a victory as LSU came away with the 30-10 win.
Tennessee has dropped all seven SEC games it has played this season and ranks 13th in the SEC Country Power Poll this week.
There were some positives from the loss in Neyland Stadium. The Vols held their own in the first half and went into halftime down 17-10.
The Vols rallied behind the week of practice interim coach Brady Hoke laid out for them.
“I just think Coach Hoke definitely has come with a great mindset this week for us, and I think we all just bought into what he’s been preaching to us,” junior defensive end Kyle Phillips said. “We’ve been talking about playing for our seniors. We had two more opportunities, and I think that was just really important, that we really care about each other on the team.
“The seniors, they’ve been here four or five years, and they’ve worked their butts off and we wanted to end the season on a good note.”
Tennessee’s underclassmen have one last time to play hard for the seniors. In-state rival Vanderbilt comes to Knoxville on Saturday to close out the 2017 season.
The Vols have had a tumultuous season and sit with a 4-7 record. The team has faced multiple injuries on the offensive line. Walk-on Joe Keeler played center in the second half Saturday because every other option had been injured.
This upcoming game seems like a great opportunity to grab an SEC win.
Vanderbilt hasn’t had a good season either. The Commodores have lost every SEC game this season and also are 4-7 overall.
Your Week 12 Power Poll rankings
Results are below:Results are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||312||24||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (10 - 4)||287||0||2||2||3|
|3||Georgia (13 - 2)||265||0||3||2||3|
|4||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||235||0||4||4||5|
|5||LSU (9 - 4)||220||0||5||4||6|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||180||0||6||5||10|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||154||0||7||6||13|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||138||0||9||6||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||132||0||8||6||11|
|10||Florida (4 - 7)||87||0||11||8||13|
|11||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||83||0||10||9||12|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||53||0||12||7||14|
|13||Tennessee (4 - 8)||30||0||14||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||8||0||13||13||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)