It was Halloween weekend, and Tennessee football wore black uniforms at Neyland Stadium. The Vols did it for a night game against a ranked team while they themselves are undefeated and in the top five. You could not have asked for a better setting in college football, and once again, Rocky Top lived up to the hype.
As for the game itself, the Vols made sure it was one they would remember. They were not going to derail the season or these jerseys by suffering an upset loss, and in the process, they flat-out dominated the Kentucky Wildcats 44-6. Once again, UT still owns Kentucky, as they always have.
That win created many memorably moments throughout the night from the epic entrance onward. Big plays were part of that, and all in all, it was just a fun night for a Vols team that was flat-out dominant. Let’s look back on what was memorable about the night with a photo gallery of Tennessee football’s victory.
Making this setting fun may have had a role in Tennessee football playing so well. Yes, Kentucky was ranked, but they also had two losses, and the Vols have a monumental matchup at the Georgia Bulldogs next week. As a result, they could have easily been looking ahead to that game if they weren’t careful.
Instead, they kept all their focus on this matchup, buying in to Josh Heupel’s talk that the next game is always the biggest game. Last year, this would have been a more circled game. Indeed, Kentucky was the Vols’ first signature win of the Heupel era. It’s a different story now.
Winning this didn’t just create the right setting and atmosphere with the dark-mode unis at night. It also really improved Tennessee football’s College Football Playoff chances. Now, they may be provided with a mulligan when it comes to the Georgia game by getting past this one. That’s another bridge to cross later.