Tennessee Vols morning report: Missouri postgame, rankings increase

The aftermath of the Tennessee Vols’ win over Mizzou leads our Oct. 5 Volunteers news.

It’s a great week to be a Tennessee Vols fan. UT football continues with the longest winning streak in the Power Five, and the nation is starting to take notice of what Jeremy Pruitt is doing after a 35-12 win over the Missouri Tigers.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with that continued aftermath, as we have coverage of what different players and coaches said following the game. Included in that aftermath is where the football program now ranks and what’s in store for next week.

Beyond football, though, fall sports are in full swing, and we have a recap of a soccer match along with cross country and tennis events before previewing an upcoming golf event. Simply put, it’s a huge week of sports. Let’s start with the football news, though.

Coaches, players speak after Missouri win – UTSports

Following the Tennessee Vols football program’s 35-12 win over the Missouri Tigers, a variety of coaches and players spoke with the media. They included both head coaches Jeremy Pruitt and Eliah Drinkwitz along with UT players Jarrett Guarantano, Henry To’o To’o, Theo Jackson, Eric Gray and Trey Smith. Many Mizzou players spoke as well. Here’s a bit of what Pruitt said.

“I thought offensively, on the line of scrimmage, we controlled the line of scrimmage for a while in the run game, but I feel like there were too many licks on the quarterback. That’s something that’s got to be addressed. There’s probably three times during the game that Missouri had a chance to get their hands on the ball and we’ve got to eliminate that. Defensively, there was some good and bad. I felt like we made some mistakes on third down, through a drive one time and we ended up giving up some points.”

UT jumps in rankings – Patrick Brown, GoVols247

Following a huge win over the Missouri Tigers, Tennessee football had a major spike in both polls over the weekend. Rocky Top jumped seven spots to No. 14 in the AP Poll and eight spots to No. 12 in the Coaches Poll ahead of their matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday.

The Bulldogs moved up one spot to No. 3 in both polls after dismantling Auburn on Saturday night. This will be the first time Tennessee has played in a matchup of two ranked teams since the Vols lost on the final play at Florida in 2017 when they were ranked 23rd and the Gators 24th.

Georgia game set for 3:30 p.m.Lucas Panzica, VolsWire.com

With both teams at 2-0 and ranked in the top 15, Tennessee football’s matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday is set for 3:30 p.m. on CBS. Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will call the game.

It was announced last week that the Week 3 CBS game would be between Tennessee-Georgia or Florida-Texas A&M. Alabama defeated Texas A&M, 52-24, in Week 2, paving the way for a showdown of unbeaten SEC East teams taking the afternoon spot.

Soccer falls to GeorgiaCaitlyn Jordan, UT Daily Beacon

A week after shocking the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Tennessee women’s soccer team could not upset two top 10 teams in a row. Rocky Top fell 1-0 to the No. 8 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, dropping their record to 1-2 on the season.

The lone goal of the game came in the 30th minute when junior midfielder Abby Boyan took advantage of a Lady Vols mistake and beat Tennessee goalkeeper Lindsey Romig to bury the shot in the left side of the net. The chance came from some sloppy play by the Lady Vols when they were passing the ball across the back line.

Men’s tennis completes Gamecock Fall Invitational – GamecocksOnline

In their first event of the fall, the Tennessee Vols men’s tennis program completed the three-day Gamecock Fall Invitational, hosed by the South Carolina Gamecocks. UT went 16-7 in singles during the event, including winning six of eight on the final day, and 7-5 in doubles, including winning all three on the final day.

Cross country earns fourth-place finishes at Live in Lou Classic – tfrrs.org

For the first time in 217 days, the Tennessee Vols track and field/cross country program had a competition. Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in fourth place at the Live In Lou Cross Country Classic in Louisville, Ky. over the weekend.

Golf programs begin Blessings CollegiateGolfChannel.com

Monday marks the season-opener for the Tennessee men’s and women’s golf programs. Both are set to compete in the Blessings Collegiate, hosted by the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark. and lasting Monday through Wednesday.

The Blessings Collegiate Invitational will feature men’s and women’s teams competing in a 54-hole stroke play format for individual and team honors. GOLF Channel will deliver live tournament coverage all three days, complemented by news and digital coverage.