13-point underdogs? Vols 'brought it on ourselves'

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Britton Colquitt will be back on the playing field for UT this weekend as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs down in Sanford Stadium. Colquitt was suspended for the first five games of the season following his arrest for a DUI. Coach Phillip Fulmer remarks on the difference it will make for the Vols and Colquitt talks of the lessons he's learned.

Britton Colquitt will be back on the playing field for UT this weekend as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs down in Sanford Stadium. Colquitt was suspended for the first five games of the season following his arrest for a DUI. Coach Phillip Fulmer remarks on the difference it will make for the Vols and Colquitt talks of the lessons he's learned. Watch »

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Coach Phillip Fulmer talks to the media Tuesday, Oct. 7 about how the team did against NIU and the upcoming game against Georgia.

Coach Phillip Fulmer talks to the media Tuesday, Oct. 7 about how the team did against NIU and the upcoming game against Georgia. Watch »

It's not the sort of point spread that goes unnoticed, even for those who don't gamble.

Thirteen points.

That's what the Las Vegas experts think of Tennessee's chances at Georgia on Saturday.

Quarterback Nick Stephens said being a 13-point underdog is just insulting.

"But we brought it on ourselves," the sophomore said. "We didn't really play as well as we could have the first couple of games.

"It's to be expected."

Expected, but not accepted.

Defensive end Wes Brown said the spread is tough to swallow.

"We feel like we're supposed to win any game we play," the junior said. "We're not going to listen to the line."

Sure the Vols (2-3, 0-2 SEC) have struggled at times this season. But this is Georgia (4-1, 1-1), a team that the Vols have beaten soundly two consecutive games by a combined score of 86-47.

UT has arisen victorious wearing the mark of the double-digit before, most notably at Florida in 2001, at Miami in 2003 and at Georgia in 2004.

For the Vols, there's more at stake than proving the bookies wrong. Their pride has been challenged.

"We want to solidify ourselves and prove that Tennessee isn't going to take a backseat to anybody," Brown said.

The point spread is especially hard on offensive guard Anthony Parker, a Georgia native who has plenty of friends playing for the Bulldogs.

"I don't really like being an underdog at all, even if it's one point," the former Lovejoy High School star in Jonesboro, Ga. said. "I think that will fire us up a little more, especially to be a 13-point underdog.

"I think that will get everybody's motor going and give us a good week of practice. We'll practice hard and play even harder."

Could the line actually help UT, by perhaps giving the Bulldogs a false sense of confidence? That seems unlikely considering Georgia is coming off a 41-30 loss to Alabama and two consecutive beatings by the Vols.

Parker, however, said there is always such a risk for a heavy favorite.

"That's why I try not to pay attention to that stuff," he said.

Banged Up Brown: Brown said his sore right knee will require surgery after the season. He's been having trouble with the joint since suffering an injury in the season opener Sept. 1 against UCLA.

Brown was extremely limited last week in practice.

Despite playing 41 plays last Saturday against Northern Illinois, Brown said the knee feels better this week.

Defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell said he's trying to make sure Brown doesn't play too many consecutive plays.

Caldwell said backup sophomore Chris Walker should play more - and possibly even an equal number of snaps to Brown's - to ensure Brown is available late in the game.

Walker was in on 19 plays against Northern Illinois.

"We need to make sure he's fresh because he's got some great quickness and brings some dynamics to the field," Caldwell said of Brown.

Brown left last Saturday's game favoring his right leg. Caldwell said he believed that an issue with a leg brace, not Brown's injury. Brown returned to the game without the brace.

Brent Back?: A week after sophomore defensive back Brent Vinson's playing time was limited following a late showing to a team meeting, defensive backs coach Larry Slade insisted Vinson was back on track.

"Brent is fine," Slade said. "Brent will play. Brent is moving forward."

Vinson was also suspended against UCLA for academic shortcomings.

Vinson, who is widely considered one of the best athletes on the team, started 10 games as a freshman cornerback last season.

"He's another playmaker," Slade said.

Vinson is also important to the Vols for depth's sake. When he is on the field, it allows Dennis Rogan to play safety, giving either Eric Berry or Demetrice Morley a break.

"Brent is trying and I'm impressed with his effort," Slade said. "He's not going to do everything right.

"He's trying though and that's the most important thing. He cares and he has a great heart. He's growing up right before our eyes."

Vandy's Victories: UT coach Phillip Fulmer wasn't ready to name Vanderbilt the champions of the SEC East just yet.

The Commodores, led by coach Bobby Johnson, sit alone atop the East Division with a 3-0 SEC record. Vandy is 5-0 overall.

"Bobby's done a good job and they've had some nice wins, particularly this past weekend (over Auburn)," Fulmer said. "It's early yet."

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pdhuff#552644 writes:

I would be surprised if we hold it 13. But stranger things have happened.

stormblast writes:

Every game from here on out, the Vols should be no more than a 7 point underdog. It's true.

Because 7 points is as good as a thousand right now.

JMP_Vols writes:

Fulmer said. "It's early yet."

Ok Phil, you go ahead and be a wise butt. Bobby Johnson could coach circles around you any day big boy. He'll prove it in a few weeks.

bugola19 writes:

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RckytopQB16 writes:

13 point underdogs? Is that at the half? Our defense has a better chance of putting points on the board!

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

This is GOOD NEWS!!! Tennessee's record as a double digit underdog is Great!

4114 writes:

One thing that you all must relize.The VOLS of the past were good against double digit spreads. These VOLS aren't the one's that put TENNESSEE on the national stage. We will be lucky to score 13 let alone keep it as the spread.

PepperGrinder (Inactive) writes:

Id put money on Tennessee. If I had any to spare and knew a bookie.

orangecountry21 writes:

UGA 27

UT 10

My conservative score.

Colliervol writes:

Look, here's what we have to do to beat Georgia. With their depleted offensive line........Oh wait, never mind. I just had a flashback to 1998 dreaming that we had a team like that again.

khelton657 writes:

Slade said. "He's not going to do everything right."

Man, that's some pretty low standards, Glad they aren't pharmacists or pilots

khelton657 writes:

For some reason, I do find myself feeling better about the team if for no other reason than Stephens and the new mindset he brings.

orangecountry21 writes:

Colliervol, feel your pain. I would love to see our D line go beast mode Saturday.

burntorangeVOLffle writes:

in response to tngeoff#226726:

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Nah, that makes sense. Our D is currently 5th in the nation and if not for offensive mistakes on the goal line the FL game would have been closer to the 8 point spread.

For one thing, against quality defenses UGA hasn't exactly been lighting up the score board.

Plus you have to look at the recent history TN has had shutting down UGA's offense. Even in the losses this decade the D has kept it close (with the exception of '03).

beachvol1 writes:

Dogs tooooooo much for the undercoached Vols!!!!!!!!!!

Bulldogs 35- 10....if that close...

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

Seriously, how many weeks or years are we going to keep having to say that our backs are against the wall? We might win, but were not better. Does anyone remember that we just barely beat NIU this past weekend? Enough.

orangecountry21 writes:

in response to beachvol1:

Dogs tooooooo much for the undercoached Vols!!!!!!!!!!

Bulldogs 35- 10....if that close...

weee willlllllll seeeeee!!!!!!!

MrBamSeydu writes:

Hmm, weren't we underdogs against Florida and Auburn? I mean, is this really surprising that we're underdogs? What's surprising to me is that the players are acting like they're going to do something about it.

bigOutfan writes:

TN will finish 0-8 in the SEC

orangecountry21 writes:

Wack

Fax writes:

in response to JMP_Vols:

Fulmer said. "It's early yet."

Ok Phil, you go ahead and be a wise butt. Bobby Johnson could coach circles around you any day big boy. He'll prove it in a few weeks.

"Bobby Johnson could coach circles around you any day big boy."

Which is precisely why BJ has won exactly ZERO east division titles, right?

What's that? Fulmer won the east last year after starting out in the hole? No coaching was done there of course. It was just luck of course.

Oh yeah; did I mention that BJ has won nothing yet? Let the man actually WIN something before bringing on the bravado, AH.

S

Fax writes:

in response to beachvol1:

Dogs tooooooo much for the undercoached Vols!!!!!!!!!!

Bulldogs 35- 10....if that close...

Vols 20 UGA 13.

orangecountry21 writes:

in response to Fax:

"Bobby Johnson could coach circles around you any day big boy."

Which is precisely why BJ has won exactly ZERO east division titles, right?

What's that? Fulmer won the east last year after starting out in the hole? No coaching was done there of course. It was just luck of course.

Oh yeah; did I mention that BJ has won nothing yet? Let the man actually WIN something before bringing on the bravado, AH.

S

Look at the talent BJ has to work with you ignorant eggnoramoos. With UT talent Johnson would coach circles around Foolmer.

OrangeAppeal writes:

in response to beachvol1:

Dogs tooooooo much for the undercoached Vols!!!!!!!!!!

Bulldogs 35- 10....if that close...

Why is it that only our offense is under-coached? If you're crediting the head coach for the offensive woes, shouldn't he get credit for the defensive success?

VOLINCALI writes:

in response to Fax:

"Bobby Johnson could coach circles around you any day big boy."

Which is precisely why BJ has won exactly ZERO east division titles, right?

What's that? Fulmer won the east last year after starting out in the hole? No coaching was done there of course. It was just luck of course.

Oh yeah; did I mention that BJ has won nothing yet? Let the man actually WIN something before bringing on the bravado, AH.

S

I agree, same with Gary Pinkell.

dore11 writes:

Because the offense has the possibility of performing at a level so ridiculously high as compared to their current state. If you have A level talent on defense, and they play on an A level, then that's just them acting naturally. If you have A level talent on offense and you're 2-3, then that's bad coaching and a waste of talent.

But that's ok; if any of the unused talent can make good grades, send them down I-40. We have a coach who can work w/ natural talent and develop it.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to OrangeAppeal:

Why is it that only our offense is under-coached? If you're crediting the head coach for the offensive woes, shouldn't he get credit for the defensive success?

Good one.

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

I would be surprised if we hold it 13. But stranger things have happened.

Sometimes we like Strange!

VOLKING writes:

Being a 13 point underdog will "fire us up a little more." "We'll practice hard and play even harder." What kind of work ethic are we teaching these young men? You should give everything, mentally and physically, on every play of every game. Winning should be motivation enough for every football player. If being a 13 point underdog gets them fired up, then I can't wait to see how fired up they're gonna be against Alabama. It'll be 30-0 at the end of the first quarter the way Bama likes to jump on teams! Geez! Just get me to basketball season. Pearl's guys have a coach who can motivate, regardless of the opponent!

utchris writes:

A scenario that we could actually pull off

TENNESSEE 17
UGA 14

Offense manges a field goal after a UGA fumble inside the 20. Defensive secondary takes 2 picks to the house for the 6.

Gerogia scores one offensive touchdown that is legit. The other comes off a UT turnover inside the 30.

budrhon writes:

Surely this team has at least one big game winner in it. That being said Sunday the Coaching search seriously begins.

BSweet writes:

Wow, Nick finds being a 13 point underdog to UGA "insulting"? After that squeaker against the might NIU, I'd see 13 points as a compliment. Don't get me wrong, as with every game, I hope for a win, but 13 points is generous given how we've played thus far.

hippie60 writes:

All you people wanting the second rate coaches Pilot Oil has made enough ripping people off on gas the last year we can afford Bill Billicheck.....geez

GreerVol22 writes:

you know how bad things always seem to happen in 3's? Well, maybe this is UGAs 3rd UT meltdown. But hey, either way, my tickets are free and just a short hour and 1/2 drive...GO VOLS!!!

fedupvol writes:

Get use to it boys....double digit spreads will be common place for a while to come...can you imagine by the time vu and uk roll around and vols are 3-7?? Players...bless them..have been brainwashed in "coach speak".....dawgs will win by 28 or more....last couple of years don't mean ANYTHING! Living in Ga....they are almost giggly about some of these assinine comments coaches and players are making...but Richt(one of best in nation) won't allow any of their enthusiasm to wind up in papers....

pdhuff#552644 writes:

I can't believe arrogant Slade -"Vinson is fine -Vinson will play".

Yeah, long as there are no rules to follow.

Am I correct in the Aubie game that was his man wide open for the TD?

Maybe not.

Mr_Bandman writes:

UGA will be up 13 with 5 minutes left in the first quarter, and it will not get closer from there.

jcorange98 writes:

they have big physical receivers, but safety vavle is gone, no TE, Moreno will fumble, Stafford will be intercepted, yeah uga's pissed, but uga will press too hard, they have the pressure to win east, not UT, maybe cpf will let clawson call some plays, UT 16
UGA 13

ThurmondEppy writes:

I live in Atlanta and I am going to the game and will be wearing orange. I will be cheering my a** off - but if Georgia starts running away with this game, it's likely that I will get in a scuffle. Their fans are looking for revenge and will be taunting me to death. Please, please UT....please don't let me spend the night in the Athens-Clarke County jail!!!

Docrok writes:

I agree with Volking, if winning alone is not enough to get fired up about, or playing Fl after they said the team quit last year, or playing a BAD Auburn team needing a win to stay alive in the SEC race, Then What difference does being a 13 point underdog make????? I am a Vol Fan all the way but the losses at UCLA and Auburn were unacceptable, and FL is very beatable. Ask Ole Miss! And I hate to say it but 13 is a very conservative point spread against a very good GA team that already put up their annual flop game

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

you know how bad things always seem to happen in 3's? Well, maybe this is UGAs 3rd UT meltdown. But hey, either way, my tickets are free and just a short hour and 1/2 drive...GO VOLS!!!

Greer - you don't live in Reynolds Plantation, do you?

threehundredbowler writes:

in response to ThurmondEppy:

I live in Atlanta and I am going to the game and will be wearing orange. I will be cheering my a** off - but if Georgia starts running away with this game, it's likely that I will get in a scuffle. Their fans are looking for revenge and will be taunting me to death. Please, please UT....please don't let me spend the night in the Athens-Clarke County jail!!!

Act like a man and everything will be allright.You seem like someone who likes trouble.

yeavols#228407 writes:

"We want to solidify ourselves and prove that Tennessee isn't going to take a backseat to anybody," Brown said.

uhhhhh sorry pal..did you just wake up from a long nap?

jobrando#216494 writes:

This will be the team remembered for the worst record in Tennessee history. 3-8

FLAVOLS writes:

Lane Kiffen!

THE_VOL writes:

in response to bugola19:

Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!Fire CPF!!!! AND HIRE MISSOURI'S GARY PINKEL!!!

Uhhhh...it's one thing to call for FOOLmore's firing but exactly WHO would you hire??????

GoVol writes:

Fulmer should have to cough-up $10k for every point we lose by for the remainder of the season. By season's end UT and Fulmer should be about even..money wise.

JMP_Vols writes:

in response to Fax:

"Bobby Johnson could coach circles around you any day big boy."

Which is precisely why BJ has won exactly ZERO east division titles, right?

What's that? Fulmer won the east last year after starting out in the hole? No coaching was done there of course. It was just luck of course.

Oh yeah; did I mention that BJ has won nothing yet? Let the man actually WIN something before bringing on the bravado, AH.

S

I don't see Johnson throwing a bunch of 4 and 5 stars out their either.

Johnson deserves a lot of credit for what he's done in Nashville and I found it pretty classless that Fulmer tried to trivialize it.

LiveFaith writes:

Here's my analysis ...

#1 Our National Championship coach vs their never made it coach

#2 Our "13pt spread" motivation vs their complacency

#3 Our re-energized QB+CLAWfense vs their stale UA spanked offense

#4 New NFL bound punter vs their "got one blocked last 2 years" punt team

#5 Our 105K seat stadium vs their little 89K seat stadium.

#6 Our blue tick huntin' dog vs their inbred all-white meat pug.

Final Score: Still UGA 35 UT 10 :-(

Tenn_Dawg writes:

One correction LiveFaith.....Sanford holds 92,000+ with a beautiful view looking in and out to boot.

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