Tennessee coach Butch Jones continually talks about how his team has little to no margin for error.
That makes it particularly discouraging for the Volunteers when they make the kinds of mistakes that nearly cost them Saturday.
After playing virtually error-free football in its first two games, Tennessee has gotten sloppy the last couple of weeks. Turnovers and penalties helped the Vols squander most of a 24-point lead Saturday in a 31-24 victory over South Alabama. That escape followed a six-turnover performance in a 31-17 loss to No. 18 Florida.
The Vols (3-2) can't afford similar breakdowns as they play the toughest portion of their schedule. In its next three games, Tennessee hosts No. 6 Georgia and No. 13 South Carolina before a road game at No. 1 Alabama.
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