Vols are a 3.5 point favorite against Mizzou

Vols are a 3.5 point favorite against Mizzou

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee will host Missouri Saturday as a 3.5 point favorite in Knoxville. The line opened at 3 offshore but has moved to 3.5 as money has come in on the Vols. The line could still fluctuate a little until gametime and it wouldn’t surprise me if it got up to 4 before kickoff.

Despite losing their top defender UT has become the sexy pick this week according to Las Vegas. AJ Johnson is a future NFL player but the line hasn’t changed since it was announced he would miss the game Saturday. Josh Dobbs has the Vols offense rolling now and after blowing out Kentucky last week bettors are more inclined to bet on the hot team.

Unfortunately for the Vols Missouri has won every game this year that they were an underdog. They are also undefeated on the road with wins against Toledo, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas A&M. Last week they were a 3 point dog against the Aggies in College Station. The Tigers won outright 34-27.

Maty Mauk has been really good this year but he has also been really bad. If Mizzou beats UT and Arkansas they will head to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game. If they lose one of those Georgia will be the representative for the East since they hold the head to head victory over the Tigers.

The Vols host the Tigers Saturday at 7:30 ET on ESPN.

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Breaking Down Missouri at Tennessee

Breaking Down Missouri at Tennessee

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Allen

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The #19/20 Missouri Tigers (8-2 overall, 5-1 in SEC play) hit the road for one final time in 2014 as they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., where they’ll face the upstart Tennessee Volunteers (5-5, 2-4). Kickoff at Neyland Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m., with the game being televised on ESPN. Mizzou is 4-0 on the road in 2014, and has won 9-straight road games overall.

The Tigers are coming off of perhaps their best half of the 2014 season, as they turned a 13-6 halftime deficit at 24th-ranked Texas A&M into a 34-27 win last Saturday, for their 4th-straight win. Mizzou got into a groove offensively and rolled to a season-high 587 yards of offense, despite cold and rainy conditions, while the defense held A&M’s high-powered offense in check quite well.

Tennessee is coming off of a very impressive performance of their own, as they cruised to a 50-16 home win over Kentucky last Saturday. The Volunteers fell behind 3-0 quickly, but scored 30 unanswered points on the way to a 33-13 halftime lead. Tennessee outgained UK by a 511-to-262 margin in total offense as they won their 2nd-straight game as the Volunteers pulled to within one win from becoming bowl eligible.

Mizzou and Tennessee had never met on the gridiron until the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in time for the 2012 season. The Tigers have had the upper hand in the schools’ only two meetings, as they have claimed both meetings – 51-48 in 4 OTs in Knoxville in 2012, followed by a 31-3 win in Columbia last year.

In 2013, the Tigers jumped to a 17-0 lead, and held a 24-3 halftime lead on the strength of three Maty Mauk TD passes. Mauk was making his third straight start as a redshirt freshman in place of injured senior starter James Franklin, and Mauk acquitted himself nicely, throwing for 163 yards and 3 TDs (with no INTs), while he also ran for a career-high 114 yards on 13 carries to lead the way. Sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough had a 26-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter for the only score after halftime, and the Tigers played shutout defense in the 2nd half while outgaining Tennessee 502-to-334 in total offense.

In 2012, the first-ever meeting between MU and Tennessee couldn’t have been more wild and wooly. Freshman PK Andrew Baggett drilled a 35-yard game-winning field goal in the 4th overtime period, after Mizzou’s defense got a 4-and-out stop to begin the period. The Tigers trailed 21-7 at halftime but a 77-yard TD sprint on the 1st play of the 3rd quarter gave life to Mizzou, and QB James Franklin forced overtime with a clutch 25-yard TD pass to WR Dorial Green-Beckham with just :47 seconds left in regulation on a 4th-and-12 play. Both teams scored TDs in the first three OT periods, with neither team able to convert the mandatory two-point try in the 3rd overtime, setting up Baggett’s heroics, which was his first game-winning field goal at any level of football.

Mizzou is looking to continue the good mojo on the road that it has enjoyed recently, as the Tigers have won nine consecutive away games heading into Saturday’s showdown at Tennessee. Mizzou went a sterling 5-0 on the road in 2013 (on the way to a 12-2 overall record), and combined with a 49-24 win at Toledo in game #2 this year, followed by a dramatic 21-20 comeback win at South Carolina (erasing a 13-point deficit with just 7:25 left to play – tying for the biggest 4th-quarter comeback win in school history), and punctuated with a 42-13 handling of Florida on Oct. 18th and last Saturday’s win at Texas A&M, Mizzou has won nine straight road games, and hasn’t lost since ending the 2012 season at Texas A&M.

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Butch Jones is the most followed College Football Coach on Twitter

Butch Jones is the most followed College Football Coach on Twitter

Posted on 12 November 2014 by Allen

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Brick by brick… That’s what UT football coach Butch Jones says. And now he has another brick. With over 146,000 Twitter followers Jones is the most followed college football coach. Today Jones tweeted out the accomplishment.

Thank you #VolNation for making me the most followed Head Football Coach in College Football! #1 Fans in the Country! pic.twitter.com/B9FAODFjsy

— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) November 12, 2014

Although it is a noteworthy achievement Jones it should be noted that Nick Saban doesn’t have a Twitter account. It’s very likely Saban would have a bigger following than the coach at Tennessee.

There are other SEC coaches right there with Jones. LSU head coach Les Miles is nipping at his heels with over 145,000 followers and Georgia coach Mark Richt is right behind with over 138,000.

But the football guys followers are just chump change to Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari. Coach Cal has over a million followers on his Twitter account.

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Vols open as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky

Vols open as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Allen

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Coming off a big win over South Carolina on the road and a bye week Tennessee has opened as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky at home Saturday. Some offshore sportsbooks have the line at 7 and it could go up and down a little as money comes in on both sides.

Tennessee is a sexy team right now with Josh Dobbs at QB. The sophomore QB gives UT a dual threat under center and he lit up the Gamecocks two weeks ago.

Kentucky has been up and down all year. After three straight wins against South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and ULM the Cats have lost four straight. Georgia ran it all over Kentucky last week thrashing UK 63-31 in Lexington.

Last season the Vols beat the Wildcats 27-14 in Lexington. If Kentucky doesn’t show up Tennessee the Vols could pick up their fifth win and take one step closer to a bowl game.

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Vols’ Johnson named Lott Impact Player of the Week

Vols’ Johnson named Lott Impact Player of the Week

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Linebacker A.J. Johnson has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.

Johnson had 10 tackles and a quarterback hurry in the Vols’ 45-42 overtime win over South Carolina Saturday.

For the season, Johnson, a 6-2, 245-pound senior, has 96 tackles, among the leaders in the country, with 8.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He has 420 career tackles in his career at Knoxville. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a donation of $1,000 to the general scholarship fund at Tennessee to recognize Johnson’s performance.

2014 Lott IMPACT Players of the Week

Week 1 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Week 2 – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
Week 3 – Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
Week 4 – Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Week 5 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Week 6 – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
Week 7 – Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
Week 8 – David Helton, Duke
Week 9 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Week 10 – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

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Vols top Gamecocks in OT

Vols top Gamecocks in OT

Posted on 02 November 2014 by Allen

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Despite a career night from sophomore wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina fell to Tennessee, 45-42, at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night.

On first-and-10 and the Gamecocks on their own 34-yard line, junior tailback Mike Davis flipped the field after catching a short pass in the flat and took it for a 34-yard gain down to the Vols’ 32. After a 15-yard pass to Cooper, the Gamecocks went into the wildcat with Cooper taking the snaps. Facing a third-and-three, Cooper found an open hole on the right side and took the ball 11 yards into the end zone.

On Tennessee’s following drive, the Vols moved the ball down to the Gamecocks’ one-yard line, but Tennessee turned the ball over on downs after Carolina came up with back-to-back stops up the middle. Two plays later though, redshirt senior Dylan Thompson was intercepted by Justin Coleman. The Vols moved the ball 39 yards on six plays before Pig Howard scored on a one-yard rush on third-and-goal to tie the game at 7-7 with 2:37 on the clock in the first quarter.

After forcing the Gamecocks to punt, Tennessee put together an11-play, 80-yard drive to take a 14-7 lead after a seven-yard rush from quarterback Joshua Dobbs, his first of three touchdown runs on the night. On the ensuing drive, Cooper accounted for 67 yards on three of Carolina’s eight plays, with 37 on two receptions and ending the possession with a 30-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to junior Brandon Wilds to even the game at 14-14.

A 37-yard missed field goal by sophomore kicker Elliott Fry, his first missed field goal in his last 12 attempts, gave Tennessee the ball on its own 20-yard line with 1:20 remaining in the first half. Dobbs went 3-of-5 passing on the drive before giving the Vols a 21-14 lead with a 36-yard touchdown run with seven seconds before the end of the half.

On Tennessee’s opening drive of the second half, Austin Medley missed a 43-yard field goal attempt, giving the ball to the Gamecocks. Davis began the drive with an 18-yard run to move the ball out to South Carolina’s 44-yard line. On third-and-10, Thompson found junior tight end Jerell Adams for a 16-yard completion. Three plays later, Cooper laid out for a 26-yard reception from Thompson to move the ball into the red zone. Wilds leveled the game at 21-21 after back-to-back five-yard runs.

After Medley’s second missed field goal of the quarter a 32-yard run from Wilds set up Cooper’s first touchdown reception of the night, a 12-yard strike from Thompson to give the Gamecocks a 28-21 advantage with nine seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Carolina defense forced a Tennessee three-and-out on its next possession. Three plays later, Thompson threw a rope to Cooper over the middle. The receiver took it 85 yards to the end zone, his longest reception of the season, and his second receiving touchdown in less than two minutes to extend the Gamecocks’ lead to 35-21 with 13:22 remaining in the game.

With Tennessee driving on the following possession, senior defensive back Brison Williams shut down the drive by intercepting Dobbs at the Carolina 22-yard line. A three-and-out led to a Gamecock punt, allowing the Vols to start their drive in South Carolina territory. On a fourth-and-six from the 21-yard line, Dobbs connected with Jalen Hurd for a touchdown to bring Tennessee within seven.

Back-to-back negative yardage plays to start the following possession had the Gamecocks looking at a third-and-18. Thompson though found open space on the left side and rushed for 20 yards. On the ensuing play, Wilds broke free down the left sideline for a 70-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career to put the Gamecocks back up 14 at 42-28 with just under five minutes remaining. Tennessee responded though with a 10-play, 78-yard drive that Dobbs capped off with a three-yard run, his third rushing touchdown of the night.

The Vols held the Gamecocks to a three-and-out on their next possession and proceeded to put together a nine-play, 85-yard drive as Dobbs found Jason Croom over the middle of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown to tie the game at 42-42 with 11 seconds remaining that forced the game into overtime.

Tennessee received to start overtime and Medley converted on a 32-yard field goal to put the Vols ahead, 45-42. Tennessee sent heavy pressure on the Gamecocks’ possession, leading to back-to-back sacks and a hurry on Thompson. On fourth-and-25, Fry missed a 58-yard field goal attempt to end the game.

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Vols are a 7 point underdog to Gamecocks

Vols are a 7 point underdog to Gamecocks

Posted on 29 October 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee will head to Columbia, South Carolina Saturday as 7 point underdogs to Steve Spurrier’s team. Last year the Vols beat the Gamecocks in Knoxville but will have to play them without last year’s hero, Justin Worley who is out with an injury. The lined opened at 8 but has fallen to 7 as money has come in on the Vols earlier in the week.

UT looked outclassed early against Alabama last week in Knoxville. The Tide jumped out to a 27 point lead but the Vols weathered the storm and cut the lead to 10 in the third quarter. Tennesse was a 17 point home dog to Bama but wound up covering only losing by 10.

South Carolina has been all over the place this year. The lost to Texas A&M to open the season, beat Georgia and Vandy, lost to Missouri and Kentucky, then almost beat Auburn on the road last week. The Gamecocks are 1-2 at home this season in SEC and with Josh Dobbs looking like a legit QB under center for Tennessee the Vols could keep this one close.

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Gamecocks looking to bounce back against Vols

Gamecocks looking to bounce back against Vols

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Allen

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The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4 SEC) worked out Tuesday afternoon at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds.” The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday’s SEC Eastern Division matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers (3-5, 0-4 SEC) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Tom Hart and Matt Stinchcomb in the booth and Heather Mitts on the sidelines.

The Gamecock defensive coaches know there is still a lot of work to be done to become a more solid unit over the final four games of the regular season. “All the kids are making mistakes,” said defensive line coach Deke Adams. “Obviously, that’s part of the problem. But they are working hard. They are playing hard. That hasn’t been the problem. We’ve got kids making mistakes all over the field. We’ve been talking about focusing on doing our job, trusting the guy next to us, trusting the guy behind us and be where we’re supposed to be.”

True freshman Bryson Allen-Williams had his first taste of duty at the defensive end spot at Auburn. “He made some mistakes, but that was his first week,” said Adams. “When you hadn’t played there all year and then you line up against the No. 5 team in the country, it’s tough. He played hard, he did some good things, but he made some mistakes as well.” Adams noted that Allen-Williams played that position in high school. “It’s been a pretty smooth transition, but he still needs to learn some things,” said Adams.

Adams is aware that Tennessee may play a couple different types of quarterbacks on Saturday. “We’ve got to play whoever they put back there,” said Adams. “We know it’s different when they change and put No. 11 back there. He’s a different type of quarterback. He’s a running quarterback. That changes things a lot, but we’re prepared. We know some of the things we have problems with and we feel like we know what we’re going to see.”

The Gamecocks are scheduled to work out again on Wednesday afternoon.

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Tide win in Knoxville

Tide win in Knoxville

Posted on 26 October 2014 by Allen

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Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper set a school record for receiving yards in a game with 224 yards on nine catches, including touchdown catches of 80 and 41 yards, to lead the No. 4-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1 overall; 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference) to a 34-20 win over the Tennessee Volunteers (3-5 overall; 0-4 in the SEC) before a capacity crowd of 102,455 Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.

With Justin Worley sidelined due to injury, redshirt sophomore Nathan Peterman drew his second career start for Tennessee. After two series, he was replaced by sophomore Joshua Dobbs, who went on to spark the Vols’ offense. Dobbs finished 19-of-32 for 192 passing yards with two touchdowns. He ran for 75 yards on 19 carries. It was the most rushing yards by a Tennessee quarterback since Tee Martin had 81 vs. Syracuse on Sept. 5, 1998.

The Vols rushed for 181 yards, the most Alabama has allowed this season. They previous high for a Tide opponent was 107 by Florida on Sept. 20. The total was the most by Tennessee in the series since 2010 when the Vols rushed for 184 yards.

The victory, Alabama’s eighth straight in the storied rivalry with Tennessee, marked Alabama’s fifth consecutive game in the series scoring at least 30 points against the Vols. Alabama cruised to an early 27-0 lead and withstood a mid-game Tennessee rally to secure the victory, scoring quickly in the early going on Cooper’s pair of touchdown grabs, quieting the crowd.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland led the Tide with a game-high nine tackles (six solos) with 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Safety Nick Perry had eight tackles. Overall, the Alabama defense had seven tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, three pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a pass interception. Freshman punter JK Scott had four punts in the game for 171 yards, an average of 42.8 yards per punt. Three of his four punts were downed inside the Tennessee 20-yard line and he had a 60-yard punt in the game.

The Crimson Tide gets next weekend off before resuming the season at LSU on Saturday, November 8 in Baton Rouge, La. Tennessee travels to South Carolina to face the Gamecocks on Nov. 1. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and airs on the SEC Network and can be heard on the Vol Network.

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With Same Winning Percentage as Dooley How Much Longer Til Fans Turn on Butch Jones?

With Same Winning Percentage as Dooley How Much Longer Til Fans Turn on Butch Jones?

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Allen

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Butch Jones has done a great job on the recruiting trail for the Vols. He’s brought in numerous four and five star recruits since he got to Knoxville in December 2012. The problems is that he is having trouble getting wins. And that is what Vol fans expect. Whether he has 22 five star guys on the field or 22 one star recruits eventually Jones will have to get some big wins in the SEC or he will find himself run out of Knoxville.

Derek Dooley was brought in to put the pieces back together when Lane Kiffin left for USC in January 2010. Despite the sudden departure of the Kiffin Dooley managed to bring in the ninth ranked recruiting class according to rivals. Guys like Rajion Neal, Tyler Bray, Da’Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter were big gets for the Vols and it was thought that the team would be a factor in the SEC East in his first year.

The team finished 6-7 with a loss in the Music City Bowl against North Carolina. The Vols were 3-5 in SEC play and had bad losses against Georgia and Alabama. Tennessee almost upset LSU in the Swamp but a costly penalty late in the game cost them the win.

In 2011 the Vols had another impressive recruiting class. According to Rivals Dooley’s class was the 13th best in the nation. Antonio Richardson, Maurice Couch, AJ Johnson, and Justin Coleman were considered some of the best prospects in the country and Tennessee fans were excited about the upcoming season.

UT kicked off the season going 3-1 with a loss to Florida in the Swamp. But the team couldn’t get going in October once they got to the meat of their conference schedule dropping 4 straight to Georgia, LSU, Alabama, and South Carolina. The Vols finished November 2-2 and lost to Kentucky for the first time in 26 years. Had they defeated the Cats Tenessee would’ve gone bowling but instead Dooley limped to the finish with a 5-7 record.

Coming into the 2012 season there was a lot of pressure on Dooley to win or he would be gone. Fans were calling for his head after the loss to Kentucky but the administration stood behind him. Despite the bad year the Vols still had the 17th best recruiting class. Pig Howard, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Nathan Peterman had the fanbase energized once the season finally kicked off.

After a big win over NC State in the season opener in Atlanta many thought that Dooley had turned a corner. The team followed it up by demolishing Georgia State the following week. Reality set in when Florida came to Knoxville and smacked the Vols around when they entered SEC play. Tennnessee defeated Buffalo the lost four more to Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, and South Carolina. Dooley’s team almost rallied to beat the Gamecocks but came up short. The Vols struggled to beat Troy then lost in overtime to Missouri.

Dooley’s last stand would take place in Nashville against Vanderbilt. In 2011 Dooley was caught on camera making some derogatory comments about the Commodores after a close overtime win in Knoxville. James Franklin must’ve remembered because he poured on. The Dores beat Tennessee 41-18. Dooley pulled starting QB Tyler Bray and it was obvious the team had quit. He was fired after the loss and finished his career in Knoxville with a 15–21 record.

Enter Butch Jones. Jones was a charasmatic coach who had done well at Cincinnati. He talked a big game and like Dooley did well recruiting. Even with a new coaching staff and a terrible year in 2012 Jones managed to bring in the 21st ranked recruiting class. Marquez North, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Cameron Sutton had the fans believing again and hopes were high headed into the season.

Like 2012 the Vols started 2013 2-0 with wins over Austin Peay and Western Kentucky. But games against Oregon and Florida saw UT come crashing back to earth. After struggling with South Alabama, Tennessee gave Georgia fits before coming up short at home. The next week Jones did something Dooley didn’t. He won a close game against a ranked team. The Vols beat South Carolina 23-21 at home. Unfortunately the team lost their starting quarterback Justin Worley and their next four. Jones’ team was blown out by Alabama, Missouri, and Auburn. They played Vanderbilt close but James Frankin’s team found a way to win late to keep Tennessee from being bowl eligible once again. The Vols managed to beat Kentucky to finish the year with a win.

2014 looked to be promising for the Vols. Jones had been doing well on the recruiting trail and hauled in the nation’s top 5 class according to Rivals. Jalen Hurd, Josh Malone, and Michael Sawyers were all local kids who had the fans buzzing about the promise of the upcoming season.

Like always Tennessee started 2-0 with wins over inferior competition. A blowout loss to Oklahoma didn’t hurt that bad and similar to last year the Vols hung with Georgia but again came up short. Jones’ squad led Florida until the fourth quarter and lost a heartbreaker at home. After thumping UTC Tennessee got thumped by Ole Miss on the road and next up is Alabama.

Do you see the trend? Jones record in Knoxville is 8-11. If you multiply it by 2 it’s 16-22. Dooley got fired for 15-21. Dooley’s winning percentage was 41.6%, Jones is 42.1%.

Both coaches have some close losses that should’ve been wins. Dooley almost beat LSU and South Carolina. Jones did pull out a win against the Gamecocks but can’t finish it out against Georgia and lost a heartbreaker to Florida. Dooley and Jones have done exceptionally well recruiting and always had a Top 25 class. Both have also lost to unranked recruiting classes from James Franklin at Vanderbilt.

The Vols are sitting at 3-4 with Alabama coming to town. We can safely pencil that in as a loss. That puts them at 3-5. The next four games are at South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and at Vanderbilt. Jones has to win 3 out of 4 to get to a bowl. All four are winnable, but then again all four are games Tennessee could lose. Vandy has been terrible but if the Vols come in deflated after losing two more and have 7 losses and no hope for a bowl the Dores could beat Tennessee for the third straight year.

Butch Jones has had some time to get the program going in the right direction but so far he is headed in the same trajectory as Dooley. How patient will the fans be? Will they settle for another year without a bowl game? The next five games are crucial for the team. If somehow Tennessee beats Alabama and Lane Kiffn Jones could get a contract extension and a statue in front of Neyland Stadium.

Ultimately Jones better watch out. The honeymoon is almost over. 5 star recruits are great but if they only translate to 5 wins every year brick by brick quickly turns into another catchy slogan from the next guy they hire.

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Vols release 2015 football schedule

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Vols release 2015 football schedule

Posted on 17 October 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee fans can now plan weddings and vacations, the 2015 Volunteer Football schedule is here.

With the season a week shorter on the calendar, the schedule features just one open date, Oct. 17, which just happens to fall right in the middle of the 12-game slate.

The Volunteers will play seven home games including SEC opponents Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt and eight total games inside the state of Tennessee. The Volunteers will play an eight-game Southeastern Conference schedule, as previously announced by the league.

Tennessee opens the season at a neutral site for the first time since 2012, with the fifth all-time meeting against UAB at Nashville’s LP field on Sept, 5. It will be the second time that UT has opened a season at the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, after defeating Wyoming there, 47-7, to lift the lid on the 2002 season. The Volunteers have played at LP Field on four prior occasions, having previously faced Vanderbilt there in 2000 and 2002 in addition to the Wyoming game and the 2010 Music City Bowl against North Carolina.

UT returns to Neyland Stadium for a two-game home stand that begins with Tennessee hosting its first Big XII opponent in Knoxville since Texas Tech in 1997 as Oklahoma makes its return trip on Sept. 12. The game will be the Sooners’ first in Neyland Stadium and the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs. A week later, UT will host Western Carolina on Sept. 19, the first game between the two teams.

The Volunteers open SEC play on the road against Florida on Sept. 26, the first of six consecutive conference games. UT has faced the Gators to start the conference schedule 12 of the last 13 years, with 2014 the lone exception in that stretch.

UT hosts back-to-back conference games on Oct. 3 against Arkansas and Oct. 10 against Georgia. The Razorbacks will be making their first trip to Knoxville since 2007, a 34-13 Tennessee victory. The Bulldogs have won their last two in Neyland Stadium, dating back to UT’s 35-14 win in 2009.

After the only open date of the season on Oct. 17, Tennessee starts a two-game road swing with a trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the 98th meeting with the Crimson Tide on Oct. 24.

The Vols then travel to Lexington, Kentucky to face the Wildcats on Halloween. The Oct. 31 meeting will mark the first time since 1909 that Tennessee has played Kentucky in a month other than November. That 1909 game came when UK was known as Kentucky State and was also played in the month of October. All but three games in the series, 1893, 1908 and 1909, have been played in November.

Tennessee will close the season with three of its final four games at home, beginning with South Carolina on Nov. 7. UT welcomes North Texas for the final non-conference game of the year on Nov. 14. It will be the second meeting between the schools, the first since a 21-14 Mean Green win in Knoxville on Oct. 25, 1975.

The Volunteers head to Missouri on Nov. 21 and close the season at home against in-state rival Vanderbilt on Nov. 28.

Information regarding game times and television broadcast information is typically released two weeks before each individual game.

Sept. 5 vs. UAB (in Nashville, Tenn.)
Sept. 12 Oklahoma
Sept. 19 Western Carolina
Sept. 26 at Florida
Oct. 3 Arkansas
Oct. 10 Georgia
Oct. 24 at Alabama
Oct. 31 at Kentucky
Nov. 7 South Carolina
Nov. 14 North Texas
Nov. 21 at Missouri
Nov. 28 Vanderbilt

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Ole Miss favored by 17 over Vols

Ole Miss favored by 17 over Vols

Posted on 13 October 2014 by Allen

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After getting a big win over Texas A&M on the road this week Ole Miss has opened as a 17 point favorite over Tennessee at home Saturday. The Rebels are ranked #3 in the country and are looking for another win to bolster their claim to a spot in the playoffs at the end of the season.

UT defeated UTC on Saturday 45-10. The Vols were favored by 26 and covered the spread. It will be interesting to see how Tennessee does on the road against the high octane Rebel offense. The last time UT played on the road as a big underdog they almost won outright against Georgia in Athens.

Sitting at 3-3 on the year with Alabama coming to Knoxville the following week Butch Jones will have to his guys at their best if they want to get back in the thick of the SEC East race. Georgia has one conference loss and it’s possible a two or three loss team could be headed to Atlanta this year.

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Vols thump UTC

Vols thump UTC

Posted on 11 October 2014 by Allen

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It was not a day for dreams to come true. The 12th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs ventured into SEC play losing 45-10 at Tennessee in Neyland Stadium. Even in the loss, the Mocs defensive line showed its mettle with a season-high five sacks.

“I thought we could,” replied coach Russ Huesman when asked about his team’s ability to rush the passer. “We rush the passer really well. Keionta Davis, Davis Tull and (Derrick) Lott, those guys can run. They are hard to block, hard to handle in there.

“Especially when it is a definite passing situation.”

The defense only allowed two sustained scoring drives. The Vols scored five of their six touchdowns on drives of 38, 20, 19, 16 and 14 yards. The first, third and fifth of those came on special teams, while the other two were off turnovers.

“I told our guys we played hard, and I think we did,” Huesman added. “Tennessee played very hard. They are a very athletic, physical football team. We knew we were playing a good team. We felt confident coming in, but we made some mistakes. I’m proud of our guys. When they walk out that door they are going to forget about this one, we have to get ready for the biggest game of the year at The Citadel (next weekend).”

After the Mocs opening drive stalled at their own 30 yard line, Nick Pollard’s punt was returned 42 yards by Cameron Sutton to the visitors’ 38. It took the hosts eight plays, but Justin Worley found Marquez North on an 8-yard fade route to start the scoring.

The two teams swapped possessions for three straight drives when Tennessee mounted the first of its two long scoring drives. It marched 78 yards to the Mocs eight when Dee Virgin made a great play on another fade route to force the Vols into a 25-yard field goal.

It was a 17-0 score when Chattanooga found the scoreboard. Keionta Davis’ sack of Worley included an expert strip of the ball. Freeman recovered it to give the Mocs excellent field position at the Tennessee 27.

Jacob Huesman got his team to the 12 on an eight-yard run on third and four. The Vols defense got stingy from there as Chattanooga settled for a 27-yard Henrique Ribeiro field goal to close the margin to 17-3.

Worley engineered a key drive to end the half on the ensuing possession. He completed five of six passes for 62 yards as his 21-yard strike to Johnathon Johnson made it a 24-3 game at the break.

Tennessee’s special teams put the exclamation point to open the second half. Evan Berry took the opening kickoff 68 yards to the Chattanooga 19. Muhasabi Wakeel and Nakevion Leslie stuffed Derrell Scott for no gain on first down. Worley’s arm remained the difference as he found Johnson on the next play extending the lead to 31-3.

The Mocs offense had an impressive touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Huesman found Alphonso Stewart with a 13-yard catch-and-run. Huesman then ran for 12 and eight yards coming out after getting hit at the Vols 40.

Richardre Bagley converted the third down with a 10-yard burst. Backup quarterback Alejandro Bennifield hit Faysal Shafaat for 11 yards before running for five more to the 14. Bagley sped through the middle of the line the final 14 yards for the lone touchdown of the day.

The Mocs’ season-high five sacks were led by Freeman’s pair, which ties his career best. Lott, Davis and Davis Tull also downed the quarterback as the defense recorded nine tackles for loss total. Freshman Trevor Wright tied for game-high honors with nine stops.

Offensively, Huesman led the way with 45 yards rushing. The Vols limited the Mocs to 105 yards rushing and 201 total yards with 161 of those coming in the second half.

“When you hold an SEC team to 52 yards rushing through three quarters, you can take some pride in that,” senior defensive end Derrick Lott said. “Don’t get me wrong, we are disappointed we didn’t play better, but that’s something we can take back with us.”

Fellow defensive tackle Josh Freeman added, “We didn’t do enough. We made too many mistakes in all three phases. You can’t do that against a team with the talent this one has”.

Worley completed 19 of 24 passes for 198 yards and three scores in the air. He also had two with his feet accounting for five of his squad’s six tallies.

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Vols a 26 point favorite over UTC

Vols a 26 point favorite over UTC

Posted on 08 October 2014 by Allen

Butch Jones Vols

After dropping a disappointing game to Florida last week the Vols will return home to play Chattanooga at Neyland Stadium. Offshore books have UT a 26 point favorite in the game. UT is 2-3 against the spread this year. Last week they were a 2.5 point favorite over the Gators but lost by one point.

It will be interesting to see how Tennessee bounces back after a disappointing loss against an opponent that is hard to get up for. The Vols could be looking ahead to a trip to Top 5 Ole Miss next week.

After winning their first 2 games Tennessee has dropped 3 straight. On the other side of the coin, the Mocs lost their first two but have won three in a row. UTC beat VMI 55-7 in their last game and seems to have found some offense.

The game will be shown on the SEC Network at 4 PM ET Saturday.

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