Even after vanquishing Tennessee, No. 3 Oklahoma still has respect for the Vols.
When asked about his experience in Neyland Stadium, senior center Ty Darlington offered a glowing review.
“Nothing I’ve ever experienced or ever will experience will compare to Tennessee,” the senior said, according to The Oklahoma Daily’s Joe Buettner.
That’s pretty impressive praise. Oklahoma has played in some of college football’s most famous venues during Darlington’s career, including Kyle Field, Texas Memorial and Notre Dame Stadium. On the verge of being selected by the College Football Playoff committee, Darlington looked back at Oklahoma’s 31-24 win over Tennessee in September.
“People look past the fact that Tennessee is about 12 plays away from being undefeated or one-loss,” he said. “You could say if they were to pull out some games, that’d be another really quality road win. … They’re a quality team — they are. They gave us everything we could handle.”
The Vols (8-4, 5-3 SEC) lost four games by a combined 17 points, including defeats to No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Oklahoma. Tennessee was ranked No. 25 in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday.