A 45-0 drubbing of a team picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley Conference. Not even the writers in Hollywood could have scripted a more perfect start to the Butch Jones era.
Don't take that as a sarcastic remark because I'm dead serious.
This is the same team, albeit with a lot less talent, that needed a game-winning touchdown from Tyler Bray in the final two minutes against Troy to avoid overtime and struggled mightily to pull away from Akron.
At least we know now that Jones has the ability to crush an opponent that he should crush.
Our blood pressures thank you, Butch.
Saturday also provided an opportunity for Jones and his squad to showcase what this team is all about.
First off, Butch wasn't joking when he said this would be a "run-first" team. Even against a bad Governors squad, 52 carries to 21 passes is not a ratio you see very often in college football anymore. Now, obviously Tennessee is no Oregon, but 315 yards on the ground is nothing to scoff at, as it currently ranks 11th in the nation.
It's not like the Vols were the only team in the country that played a far worse opponent.
Another offensive tidbit: This Justin Worley to Marquez North connection is going to work out just fine. Had Worley not missed him twice, the freshman would have ended up with 90 yards and two touchdowns. Give them time to work out the kinks, and then sit back and enjoy the show.
The first team defensive unit looked great and, even though it was Austin Peay, a major improvement was evident from what that unit was last year, which wasn't much to brag about.
But the single most important thing we learned about this team is that its energy level is twice that of last year's team under Derek Dooley.
And that energy better show up this Saturday against Western Kentucky because, whether you want to accept it or not, the upset alert that is being put on the Vols is a real possibility.
The Hilltoppers have talent as two of their players, running back Antonio Andrews and linebacker Andrew Jackson, are on the 2013 Senior Bowl watch list. For the sake of comparison, Tennessee has five.
They are coached by Bobby Petrino, who knows how to win, especially against the SEC.
In his time at Arkansas, Petrino went 34-17, and if it had not been for a personal foul called on the Razorbacks, they would have upset the then-No. 1-ranked Florida Gators in 2009. The Razorbacks were ranked as high as No. 3 in the BCS Poll in 2011. That season included a 49-7 stomping of the Vols.
Petrino also has some history against Butch Jones. As the head coach at Louisville, Petrino went 1-1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers when Jones was the team's wide receivers coach in 2005-2006.
He may not have the talent that he did at Arkansas or Louisville, but I promise that will not stop the Hilltoppers from playing like a Petrino team.
Ask Kentucky. They know what I'm talking about.
I'm not trying to say the Vols will lose – I do think they will pull out a victory in a highly-contested battle – but I could see them falling into a trap game if they glimpse ahead to their trip to Oregon to play the Ducks.
Upset Prediction of the Week
Miami (FL) over No. 12 Florida, 24-20
Miami hasn't beaten their Gainesville rival since 2004, and this group of Canes, led by Doak Walker-hopeful Duke Johnson and senior quarterback Stephen Morris, is hungry to make this year theirs. Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel is the key to the Gators success this season and after his mediocre performance against Toledo, I can't see him leading his team to victory in what should be a wild environment inside Sun Life Stadium.
Troy Provost-Heron is a sophomore in journalism and electronic media. He can be followed on Twitter at @TPro_UTDB and reached at email@example.com.