We got to see Tennessee football break out the orange pants for the first time since 2016, and we also got to see an SEC win for Tennessee.
If Tennessee wants to turn this season around, it starts with Mississippi State. Jeremy Pruitt knows this, the players know this, and the fans know this.
The day got off to a great start on Saturday morning when the Tennessee Football Twitter released their uniform combination video, and in that video, they freed the orange pants.
Tennessee fans have been demanding the orange pants be freed for months, and Pruitt and the Vols finally did it.
The fans were hyped for it on Twitter, the players were hype for it in the locker room, and the play on the field was good enough to get the job done. This Tennessee team isn’t the best, but you can’t tell me the orange pants didn’t drive the Vols to victory.
Oh, Tennessee Football Twitter account, the tease with the white pants. Not going to lie, you got me. Hats off to you for this.
The Tennessee defense was probably the biggest reason why the Vols walked away with the dub. The Vol defense took care of the Mississippi State offense and wouldn’t allow them to do anything all game.
Through the first half of the game, it looked like everyone in Neyland knew this was their chance to change the outlook of this season.
The defense dominated and forced two first-half turnovers along with only allowing three points. This allowed the offense to correct their mistakes and work things out with their true freshman quarterback.
Brian Maurer threw two interceptions in the endzone, which left the Vols without two scoring opportunities, but it didn’t matter because the defense wasn’t allowing anything.
Maurer went down with an injury at the end of the first half leaving the Vols to rely on Jarrett Guarantano on the final drive of the first half and to lead the Vols to a win in the second half.
Thankfully, the coaches didn’t put the ball in his hand too much. They called an extremely conservative second half, which was good on some drives and bad on others.
It didn’t matter what Tennessee did. It looked like throughout most of the game, they could do whatever they wanted, and there’s nothing Mississippi State could do about it.
The orange pants empowered the Tennessee Volunteers to control the game on offense and defense and without the orange pants who knows what would’ve happened.
Heck, even Guarantano threw a touchdown in the second half. These orange pants might be the most magical things I have ever seen.
You know what they say, If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good.” And Deion Sanders has never been more right because the Vols looked good, I assume they felt good, and they dang sure played good.