Tennessee almost staged an amazing comeback against Texas A&M on Saturday.
The Volunteers erased a 21-point second-half deficit to force overtime. They scraped, clawed and almost mauled their way to a 6-0 start before losing 45-38 in double overtime in a classic at Kyle Field.
Apparently, all that was enough for one national pundit to forget that Tennessee committed a ridiculous seven turnovers.
FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel was tickled by Tennessee on Sunday, ranking the Vols as the eighth-best team in his top 10 rankings and heaping massive praise on them.
“The Vols were arguably more impressive in defeat at Texas A&M than they were in their five victories,” Mandel wrote. “RB Alvin Kamara had himself a game for the ages, producing 288 rushing/receiving yards.”
Sure, Tennessee did plenty right against Texas A&M, particularly late. But the Volunteers’ seven turnovers are hard to ignore, and they were sloppy throughout much of Saturday afternoon. The Aggies were the better team, and they earned that victory.
Tennessee deserves credit for showing resilience. But the entire picture of its loss Saturday must not be ignored.