Tennessee still has a long way to go before it can end its recent history of frustration against ranked opponents.
After victories over Austin Peay and Western Kentucky gave Tennessee cause for optimism, No. 2 Oregon handed the Volunteers a cold slap of reality Saturday. Oregon's 59-14 victory represented Tennessee's most one-sided varsity loss since 1910 and revealed how much work remains in new coach Butch Jones' rebuilding project.
Jones and the Vols don't have much time to get things corrected. Oregon was the first of five ranked opponents in a six-game stretch, which continues next week when Tennessee visits No. 19 Florida. The Vols have lost 17 straight games against ranked opponents and have dropped their last eight meetings with the Gators.