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Vols flirting with another dubious distinction

11/20/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

How the mighty have fallen.

Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee entered this season as the only FBS schools in the country that had never lost eight games in a season, according to Brett Edgerton of ESPN Research.

Well, you can already cross Michigan's name off that list. The Wolverines have suffered through a 3-8 season with only Ohio State left to play this Saturday. They will not be going to a bowl game for the first time since 1974.

The Vols (3-7) could join the Wolverines in the dubious eight-loss club by losing Saturday at Vanderbilt or Nov. 29 against Kentucky at home. Only one other time in school history (John Majors' first season in 1977) has Tennessee lost seven games in a season.

Not counting schools that have lost games because of forfeits (Southern Miss) or just started playing major college football this decade (Troy), the only FBS schools that have never lost nine games on the field during a season are Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Georgia and Miami.

Depending on what happens these next two weeks, that group could also be dwindling.