Tennessee 7, Missouri 36 | Advanced Stats Review
On November 24, 2007, Tennessee beat Kentucky 52-50 in a 4-overtime game that sent the Vols to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game. Tennessee would not play in another November game with SECCG implications for 15 years, not until last season's game in Athens--a game the Vols lost. Then, with the playoffs still within reach, Tennessee went to South Carolina and got their faces blown off. Today in CoMo, UT lost another November game that ended their chances to go to Atlanta (of course, they still would've needed help from Ole Miss, and as I write this UGA has a 24-point lead in the 3rd).
Yes, that's three meaningful November losses. But that's also three more meaningful November games than Tennessee has had in a decade and a half. Some of us have teenage children that weren't alive the last time November mattered on The Hill. So while I won't tell you not to be frustrated from what you saw in Missouri today, or what you saw at Georgia and South Carolina last year, I will ask you to have some perspective. When the day comes that Meaningless November returns, then you can panic.