Wiedmer: Just who is this Tennessee football team three games into the season?

AP photo by John Bazemore / Tennessee linebacker Kivon Bennett recovers a Georgia fumble in the end zone for a touchdown early in Saturday's game in Athens, Ga.

Maybe that 35th time against a top-10 opponent will be the winner for the University of Tennessee football team.

Maybe it will at least go better than the last of its 34 straight attempts to knock off a top-10 foe went on Saturday at No. 3 Georgia, when the No. 14 Volunteers were crushed 44-21 between the Bulldogs' famed hedges after leading 21-17 at intermission.

Then again, with Alabama quite likely its next possible top-10 opponent, maybe not.

"You need to play games like this to figure out who we are," said third-year Big Orange boss Jeremy Pruitt early Saturday evening.

And maybe he's right. But just who are these Vols anyway after three Southeastern Conference games in a schedule that includes seven more league contests? Are they team that played nearly flawless football in victories against South Carolina and Missouri heading into this one?

Or are they the team that committed 10 penalties, turned it over for the first time this season and finished with minus-1 yard rushing against the Bulldogs?

After all, this season was running pretty smoothly prior to Saturday.