KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football team knew their SEC championship fate wasn't in their own hands, and they knew it would likely be decided today in Baton Rouge. A Florida loss to LSU was a must.
Tennessee tallied 42 second-half points to turn a 1-point game at halftime to a 63-37 blowout win.
That performance would be overshadowed by a Gator win. Florida took away all chances Tennessee had of making it to the SEC championship with a 16-10 win over LSU.
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones gives credit to his team for staying focused on the task at hand.
"Our character was displayed again with our players. But again, everything is about our team and we're working to be 1-0 and that's all that matter," Jones said.
The Vols may not be heading to Atlanta this year but they still have a lot to play for and a lot to be proud of.
Tennessee has the chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2007. That's also the last year they played in a conference title game.
Quarterback Josh Dobbs agrees there's a lot to play for.
"Our legacy is on the line, how we want to leave Tennessee. Anytime you step on the football field for a game there's always something to play for."
Tennessee will take on in-state rival Vanderbilt next Saturday in Nashville.