KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee came away with win No. 3 of the 2017 season, but once again the Vols did not look good in the victory.
Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 SEC) struggled to a 17-13 win against UMass on Saturday in a game that hung in the balance until less than 1 minute remained on the clock. The Vols entered the game around a four-touchdown favorite.
The poor performance did not go unnoticed. The 27 voters in SEC Country Power Poll responded by dropping the Vols from ninth to No. 10 in our poll this week.
Coach Butch Jones addressed the media after the game, and he made it clear the win was not good enough.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about getting the victory, but the performance was just flat-out unacceptable,” Jones said. “We’ll get back to work tonight and we’ll work to correct it, correct our deficiencies.
“It starts, first and foremost, with me, and it is unacceptable.”
For the fourth consecutive week, the Tennessee offense struggled to find consistent footing. Quarterback Quinten Dormady completed 17 of 27 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown. He lost a fumble and has turned the ball over at least once in each of the last three games.
Backup Jarrett Guarantano entered the game late in the third quarter because the team “needed a spark,” Jones said.
Guarantano played two series before Dormady returned.
Running back John Kelly continued to be a bright spot for the offense. He finished the game with 101 yards and scored on a 12-yard run.
Tennessee will host Georgia this coming Saturday. The Bulldogs knocked around Mississippi State to the tune of 31-3 and seem to be clicking all over the field. The game will be a key matchup in the SEC East race.
Check back here every Sunday for the latest installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 4 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||351||27||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||324||0||2||2||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||291||0||4||3||5|
|4||Florida (4 - 7)||257||0||5||3||7|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||242||0||3||3||8|
|6||LSU (9 - 4)||196||0||7||4||10|
|7||Kentucky (7 - 6)||181||0||8||5||11|
|8||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||12||5||14|
|9||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||115||0||6||5||13|
|10||Tennessee (4 - 8)||111||0||9||5||13|
|11||South Carolina (9 - 4)||101||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||78||0||11||4||13|
|13||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||54||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||5||0||14||10||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)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (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)