SEC Power Rankings: Week 4

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Sep 13, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Marquez North (8) is tackled by Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Julian Wilson (2) during the game at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

12. Tennessee Volunteers (2-1, 0-0)

Last Week’s Result: Lost to Oklahoma 34-10

It was a long shot. In fact, the Vols were a 21-point underdog in Norman against the Oklahoma Sooners. They showed life early, but the rebuilding project at Tennessee just wasn’t ready to go on the road and upset a national championship contender.

After solid performances in the first two games of the season, the Tennessee defense couldn’t stop Trevor Knight and the Sooners. Knight passed for 303 yards with a touchdown and an interception and he added a touchdown run in the 34-10 win. Overall, the Vols allowed 454 yards of offense.

However, there were some positives from the game for the Vols. Tennessee forced two turnovers on defense, Justin Worley hit Josh Smith for a 40-yard touchdown that pulled the Vols to within 13-7 and true freshman Jalen Hurd had 97 rushing yards on 14 carries, including an explosive 43-yarder.

Tennessee may have taken a step forward as a program, but took a small step back in our SEC power rankings.

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