Tennessee 34, Georgia 31: Vols SEC East Champs? What Really Matters

Tennessee 34, Georgia 31. What Really Matters

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Tennessee 34, Georgia 31

It’s your season, Tennessee.

We would be talking about the greatness of Jacob Eason and his second thrilling game-winning SEC touchdown pass in three weeks, and we could be talking about how the Bulldogs now have the East there for the taking, but Tennessee is having one of those seasons.

This is one of the nation’s most talented teams, it’s full of tremendous veterans, and it has more than enough in place to not only be the best team in the SEC East by far, but also – on the right day – win the SEC championship and be in the mix for the College Football Playoff. But that doesn’t seem to be enough.

At some point, you’d think that all that playing with fire is going to come back to burn the Vols, but this is the program and the team getting through a charmed season where absolutely everything is going right.

Granted, Tennessee is making its own breaks – Josh Dobbs had to throw that Hail Mary pass and Jauan Jennings had to catch it – but between the desperation finish in Athens, the lucky bounce against Appalachian State, and the spotting both Virginia Tech and Florida way too many points, this has certainly been interesting.

And now it’s pretty much over in the SEC East. The Vols could certainly lose to Texas A&M and Alabama, and Florida could certainly run the SEC table, but some seasons are charmed, some teams get the right breaks, and as Butch Jones likes to say, you don’t apologize for a win.

What Really Matters?

This has been fun and crazy so far for Tennessee, but now it has to go to Texas A&M, and then it has to deal with Alabama. Just split those two, and everything will be fine with South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt to finish up the East world.

But what if Tennessee loses both dates against the West? The Dawgs will need another Vol loss in the SEC, but there’s still a chance to make this interesting with South Carolina and Vanderbilt up next before facing Florida.