Tennessee is 5-0 for the first time since 1998.
Perhaps you’ve heard.
The No. 8 Volunteers have won 11 straight games, rallying from double-digit deficits after halftime four times this season.
Tennessee’s latest comeback at Georgia will forever rank among the most memorable moments in Vols history, winning on a Hail Mary at the horn.
ESPN’s College GameDay cast — on location at Kyle Field for today’s showdown between Tennessee and Texas A&M (3:30 p.m., CBS) — discussed whether the Vols are a good team living right … or a lucky team living on the edge.
The consensus among the commentators was that UT’s win over Georgia was all luck, but analysts David Pollack and Kirk Herbstreit believe the Vols earned every point in their 38-28 beatdown over Florida.
“Last week was luck, but you’ve got to have luck,” Pollack said.
“Here’s the thing that annoys me: How was the Florida week lucky? You got down 21, but you put Florida under your shoe, you dominated Florida from that point on, I mean, 38 unanswered, it was never in question. It wasn’t like a fourth-quarter game that game down to a Hail Mary. Tennessee came back, smacked Florida in the mouth, Florida had no response. Last week is one of those things, like what happened at Auburn several years ago, Hail Mary gets answered.”
Herbstreit said Tennessee is “both” good and fortunate.
“I think they are a legitimate team,” he explained.
‘I think they were lucky at least in the Georgia game. I think the Florida game gets lost in that because they were down 21-0 but they completely dominated the second half of that football game and they executed in that football game.
“I think they’re a good team. When you win games like this you become very confident. Early in the year when you face adversity, you wonder how teams develop chemistry: It’s this. So you come into Kyle Field, a hostile environment, they believe because they’ve been tested that they can win. Ultimately, if they don’t start better … that trend can’t continue if they want to get our of here with a win.”
Watch the full segment below: