KNOXVILLE — Based on what transpired on Saturday evening, we offer this rush to judgment:
Tennessee is back.
Outfitted in their finest Halloween attire — black jerseys with orange numbers, and orange pants — the Vols undressed 21st-ranked South Carolina 31-13.
It was a statement game for UT. After near-misses against Florida and Alabama, the Vols proved they can close the deal against a quality opponent.