"The Calm Before The Storm."
Those are the five words that Tennessee football etched out across a picture on Twitter to promote Saturday's contest against the Vanderbilt Commodores.
What the picture doesn't describe is the magnitude of that approaching storm.
Yes, inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday there will be a battle between two teams whose in-state rivalry runs deep within both programs.
But the game also runs deep for another reason.
With Saturday's game also comes Senior Night, an emotional night for 28 Volunteers as they play the last home game of their careers.
Senior Night brings along the aforementioned storm.
Head coach Butch Jones stated during Monday's press conference that a lot of these individuals "will never play the game of football again." Though this may be true, there are also a lot of players on this team that will continue to play football once their UT career reaches it's fast-approaching conclusion.
The realization that a lot of good players on this Tennessee team will not be here next season – including the entire offensive line if Antonio "Tiny" Richardson decides to forgo his senior year – should be a shocking revelation when those players run through the "T" for the last time, not just an emotional moment.
Jones always tries to remind everybody that this is a young football team, but the truth is that next year's team will be even younger.
And while all the recruiting success this coaching staff is having seems like it may be bringing a bright future, you can't replace leadership and experience through recruiting.
The fact of the matter is that this Senior Night might be the most significant one in recent history for the Vols, not only because of the ramifications it holds for this season – a win would almost guarantee the Vols a bowl berth – but also because of what it holds for the future.
Jones has always said it is up to the seniors to build the foundation of the future successes for this football program. With Senior Night upon us, UT better hope that the foundation is close to being set.
If it isn't, the storm is coming, and it may blow this brick house away.
Upset of the Week
Last week: Ball State over Northern Illinois
This week: Kansas State over No. 20 Oklahoma
Has there ever been a team that caught fire in popularity and died faster than Kansas State?
Last year, Collin Klein put Manhattan, Kan., on the map. This year, it's as if the Wildcats might as well be a FCS team.
With that said, the Wildcats really haven't been all that bad this season, as their only losses are to three high caliber, Big 12 opponents – Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor – and the Alabama of Division 1-AA, North Dakota State.
They are also the winners of four consecutive games and have managed to run for more than 150 yards in each of those games, which doesn't bode well for a team that allowed Baylor to rush for 225 yards in Waco, Texas two weeks ago.
It also doesn't hurt the Wildcats' chances that both Sooner quarterbacks – Trevor Knight and Blake Bell – have shown zero ability to throw the football.
If they are able to stop the run, Manhattan will be celebrating a seventh win against a ranked opponent in two years.