Defeated Alabama Crimson Tide 32-31 (OT)
Here is where Tennessee football is looking good. Although LSU beating Alabama took away the magnitude of the Alabama win, it added value to the LSU win. The Vols beat them 40-13 in Baton Rouge, which was nothing like the fluke loss LSU suffered at the beginning of the year to Florida State. UT can use this win in a big way.
Anyway, let’s talk about LSU. Brian Kelly has this team riding as high as anybody. How can you not praise the guts of his decision to go for two and the win against Alabama? In the past three weeks, he has scored two wins over top 10 teams, and LSU is right back to being a powerhouse.
This team controls its own destiny for the SEC Championship, and honestly, the College Football Playoff is within reach as well. They would be the first two-loss team to make it, but they were the only two-loss team to make the BCS National Championship game back in 2007.
Simply put, this team may control its own destiny now. They still have to navigate a brutal slate to end the year, which includes visits to Arkansas and Texas A&M. Both teams are near the bottom of our SEC Power Rankings but are also good enough to pull off upsets at home. The UAB Blazers is in between them, but the focus has to be there in those other two games.