Tennessee beat Ohio, 28-19 on Saturday to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2004 and extend its winning streak to 9 games, the third longest streak in the nation behind Alabama and San Diego State.
However, the win came at a cost, preseason All-American cornerback Cam Sutton broke a bone in his foot/ankle according to govols247.com and star linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin injured his shoulder in the first half and did not return to the game.
Butch Jones said on Saturday he was hopeful that Reeves-Maybin would return this week, but govols247.com senior writer Wes Rucker was not as optimistic on Sunday Sports Talk.
"When you see a guy like him with a look like that on his face, he's in pain, cause he's a tough kid," Rucker said. "They might be looking at some other guys there for a couple weeks, I don't know for sure but right now I wouldn't just assume that he's going to play against Florida."
Tennessee's play against Ohio was sloppy and Butch Jones was "not happy" with Tennessee's five fumbles and nine penalties for 94 yards (most since Jones took over as head coach). Neither was former Vol Jayson Swain.
"You can't put that 'T' on and go out there and play like that," said Swain on Sunday Sports Talk, WBIR's 30-minute Sunday morning Vols recap show. "That was embarrasing. You won, you have the opportunity to go this week and get better and beat Florida but you cannot continue to play like that. We're 3-0 but that number will continue to stay at 3 for a couple weeks if we continue to play like that."
Tennessee now begins its toughest stretch of the season, four straight games against ranked teams- vs. Florida, at Georgia, at Texas A&M and vs. Alabama.