Kentucky is in the midst of one of the most impressive seasons since the Wildcats finished 9-3 in 1984, but they ran into an inspired Volunteer team in Neyland Stadium and fell 24-7. Tennessee dominated the game from the start, taking a 10-0 lead into halftime. The Volunteers have won 17 straight home games against Kentucky, dating back to that 1984 season. It was a huge win for Tennessee, placing the Volunteers into a position to become bowl eligible with games remaining against Missouri and Vanderbilt.
Around the nation: Syracuse blasted Louisville 54-23. The Orangemen can now turn their full attention to next week’s showdown in the Bronx with Notre Dame. Louisville can turn their full attention to hiring a new coach. Breaking news just reported by multiple sources say Bobby Petrino has been fired. Michigan and Ohio State stayed the course for their collision with the Wolverines demolishing Rutgers 42-7 and the Buckeyes downing Michigan State 26-6. Northwestern clinched their first ever Big Ten West Title with a huge 14-10 win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. Consider Oklahoma the luckiest FBS team of the week. The Sooners were saved from defeat by a missed extra point and later a missed two point conversion try as Oklahoma State fell in the final seconds of the Bedlam game 48-47. Texas was pretty lucky too…..the Longhorns survived a 4th quarter meltdown in Lubbock where the Red Raiders scored 17 points in the last 5 minutes only to see Texas drive the length of the field for the winning touchdown with less than a minute to go. Utah State continued their meteoric rise with a 62-24 win over San Jose State. The 9-1 Aggies rolled to their 9th consecutive win after a narrow opening season loss at Michigan State. San Diego State got caught looking ahead to a showdown with Fresno State next week as the visiting UNLV Rebels shocked the Aztecs 27-24. Washington State is looking more and more like a playoff contender as the Cougars went on the road and dominated Colorado 31-7. Injury riddled Utah somehow managed to hold Oregon at bay and stay in the race for the Pac 12 South as the Utes beat the Ducks 32-25. California broke a 14 game losing streak to USC with a defensive 15-14 win over the Trojans in the Coliseum and Florida came from behind to defeat South Carolina 35-31. The Gators are positioning themselves well for a New Years Day bowl after a mid-season slide in back to back losses to Georgia and Missouri. Florida has Idaho and Florida State to go creating a potential to finish 9-3.