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Aug 31, 2014; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) passes against the Utah State Aggies during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 38-7. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

10. Tennessee

Pre-Season Ranking: 11

Last Week: Beat Utah State 38-7

The Good: Tennessee got off to a great start to the 2014 season with a convincing victory over Utah State. The defense played lights out, and held the Aggies – and their Heisman contending quarterback Chuckie Keeton – to only 244 yards of total offense. The Vols also forced three turnovers. On offense, Tennessee received a great performance from quarterback Justin Worley. The senior threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns without an interception.

The Bad: If there is an area of improvement for Tennessee, it is in the running game. The Vols threw the ball early and often, but would still like to see more than a 2.8 yards per carry average on the ground.

The Ugly: Presented with an opportunity to play in front of a prime time national television audience on a Sunday night, Tennessee opted to take it. Of course, that means one less day to prepare for a Week 2 matchup with Arkansas State. Losing a day of preparation, no matter the opponent, is difficult. Should the Vols lose this week, it would certainly be ugly for their bowl hopes.

Next Week: vs. Arkansas State