5 Big Things: To beat Memphis

1. UT's Goal? Field Goal: Rarely in Tennessee history has kicking a field goal seemed so daunting. Three of the Vols' most recent four attempts have been blocked and nobody has hit from beyond 39 yards since the Ohio game on Sept. 26. Twice this decade, the Vols have needed field goals (James Wilhoit 2005, Alex Walls 2000) to beat Memphis.

2. Calling Wayne Chism: It's not that the Vols have never defended a 6-foot-9 guy in a Memphis uniform. But it's usually in January on a basketball court. The 6-9 Carlos Singleton (29 catches) is the Tigers' No. 2 target, behind 6-4 Duke Calhoun (50 catches). In fact, Memphis' five leading receivers stand 6-4, 6-9, 6-4, 6-6 and 6-4.

3. Letdown Alert: Memphis was a 26-point underdog when it shocked the Vols 1996 for its first and only win in the series. That 21-17 upset came one week after Tennessee had beaten South Carolina 31-14. Last week UT beat South Carolina 31-13. And this weekend is the first anniversary of the Wyoming fiasco.

4. True Colors: Will the Vols break out special uniforms for homecoming? School bus yellow, anyone? The surprise black Halloween jerseys were generally a hit last week but some alums weren't saluting. The safe bet tonight is orange.

5. Chunks: Coaches call them "chunk" plays, as in chunks of yardage. Tennessee has manufactured 20 plays of 20-plus yards in the past four games (Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina), compared to only eight in the previous three games (UCLA, Florida, Ohio). Chunk plays increase the likelihood of a touchdown on any drive. In the past four games Jonathan Crompton has TD passes of 31, 32, 33, 51 and 38 yards and Montario Hardesty a 39-yard TD run.

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Comments » 8

the10sevol writes:

school bus yellow? you really are strange.

GBO

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

All we gotta do is show up. No quarterback and the receivers can't catch, doesn't matter if they are 6'9" or 9'6". Hope we can get Stephens some reps for next yr.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

The 1996 Memphis team had a terrible record but they actually had a top defense. They lost consistently close. A bizarre kickoff return and a couple of fluke plays fueled the upset.

This Memphis team can't defend the rush. This gets ugly.

stratocaster54 writes:

5 things to win....

1. Show up
2. Show up
3. Show up
4. Show up
5. Show up

Brillovol writes:

Since this Kiffin-coached team tends to play to its own ability and not to the level of the opposing team, I say there is less to worry about than in previous years. Comparing this game to the Wyoming game or even the situations is ridiculous considering Fulmer was fired on Monday of that week. In my opinion, that game deserves an asterisk.

GBO! Beat Memphis State!

AllVolAllDay writes:

I hope they do throw alot 2nite...More chances for EB to put himself in the record books!!! Shot out to Wayne "Weezy" Chism, represent Jackson well this year bruh(Al Wilson left big shoes for you to fill)!!! All Vol All Day Baby!!!

AllVolAllDay writes:

Off subject but since we will wipe the floor with memphis, I hope everyone got to see the Jackson native J Greer's pick 6 for NO!

utvol2485 writes:

This is one of the most halfhearted, pi$$-poor articles I've ever seen on this site. Pretty sad, Mr. Strange.

1. Do whatever it takes to minimize Carlos Singleton and Duke Calhoun.

2. Get pressure on the quarterback and force some bad passes...Mempi$$ is prone to throwing interceptions.

3. Run Hardesty and Brown all day long.

4. Don't give Mempiss any extra possessions or cheap points via turnovers.

5. Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.

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