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We are going to rank the SEC teams on how they looked in Week 1. This is a power of perception ranking, and remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

KNOXVILLE -- Maybe Tennessee football coach Butch Jones meant it as a warning and maybe he didn't.

ATHENS, Ga. — A bemused smile forming on his bearded face Saturday night following Georgia's 45-21 rout of Clemson, Bulldogs center David Andrews scanned running back Todd Gurley's stats: 298 all-purpose yards, a 100-yard kickoff return, four touchdowns.

If not exactly an avalanche's worth of concern, the emails have steadily trickled in since late spring, one or two a month, all worrying about the same shortcoming regarding the recent history of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football.

The Southeastern Conference football season kicks off tonight with Texas A&M visiting South Carolina, and the second head-to-head league matchup is right around the corner.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has said it before this summer. Said it quite often, actually. But the words carried a bit more weight a mere five days from the Volunteers' season opener against Utah State on Sunday evening.

OK, here we are, after a weekend in which Michael Sam's sack made some guy on Twitter famous because he declared bankruptcy for pledging to buy the world a drink if Sam sacked Johnny Manziel and did the money finger salute.

Welcome back, even if you're not named Kotter.

We can say this for sure: The Tennessee Volunteers' new depth chart will mean record-setting success for the folks who sell pregame programs.

I hope we can all agree that the only fair site for any football game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans — at least those of the exhibition variety — is to play it right here in our own Finley Stadium, given that it's basically equal distance from both NFL franchises' home venues.

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