Col. Rhombus: "Listen, it's my job to get you prepared to go out into the field for combat. Now, I must know right away what I have to work with. I have made my decision."
Fitz-Hume: "What's it say?"
What Colonel Rhombus wrote is exactly what Hamilton and Dooley-the-Lesser think about their players and program right now. Tennessee needs to put on their big girl panties and venture out from their stadium more than 4 times per year to play teams that could conceivably beat them, even if they are rebuilding. Tennessee just lost some North Carolina recruits today whether they want to admit it or not.
College football in general needs to stop worshiping at the altar of the BCS and start focusing on giving us the best product they can. I've waffled back and forth on support of things like playoffs or mandatory conference championships but one thing I will always support is 12 real games. Sometimes when you make the schedule so far in advance you end up with some lopsided games but there is absolutely no excuse for a school with a more-than-fair shot at the national title (fair as in clear pathway, not likelihood of walking that pathway) to run away from ANY team.
Even if they do lose, does it matter? Look at Georgia vs. Oklahoma State last year. Georgia loses to Okie State and finishes with one less loss than they would have if they had played a Tulane or UAB. So then instead of playing Clemson in a bowl game, they get slotted against the Aggies. Can you tell me with a straight face that Clemson + UAB is better than Oklahoma State + Texas A&M? I'll take the two good games over the one not-even-a-slam-dunk better game and a snoozefest.