5 Big Things: To beat Ole Miss

1. Groove at The Grove: Though Tennessee and Ole Miss are charter members of the SEC, this is only the Vols' fourth visit to Oxford and Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. They have a perfect record, with wins in 1951, 1988 and 2004. If you go, suck up to somebody who has a tailgate spot in The Grove and get your Hotty Toddy on.

2. Not No. 1: Tennessee's only two road games this season offered the Vols the motivational advantage of playing the No. 1-ranked team in the country. Ole Miss was once as high as No. 4 but the Rebels have long since plummeted out of the polls. Tennessee will have to find another reason to get jacked up today.

3. Find the End Zone: Tennessee has averaged 12.5 points in its two road games, scoring just one touchdown in each. That won't get the Vols in the "W" column today. Ole Miss allows only 15.8 points a game so Lane Kiffin and his offense have their work cut out for them.

4. Close Ranks and Focus: The Vols are dealing with their biggest distraction of the season and it's very fresh. On the field, Nu'Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards will barely be missed, if at all. Janzen Jackson, on the other hand, will be. But all three will be weighing on their teammates' minds if Kiffin and the team leaders don't intervene and send the right message.

5. Turn 'Em Over: Turnovers matter more to Tennessee than any team in the league. The Vols have scored 116 points after getting take-aways, 38 more than anyone else. That accounts for 40.1 percent of UT's scoring, a figure no one other SEC team approaches. Tennessee's 19 take-aways have led to 15 touchdowns and three field goals.

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vol88 writes:

Why did Tennessee go and schedule a ballgame at a time like this?!

Seriously, not sure if these are supposed to be in order of importance, but if they are, then #4 should be #1.

Praying for a rally! GBO!

nwcs writes:

It's time to forget the mess for a bit and root on the Vols. Go Big Orange!!

lildhoss76ut#638162 writes:

I think Kns just remembered we have a game tomorrow.

VolunteerLifer writes:

After everything that's happened this week - and given how tough a game I thought it was going to be anyway - I'll be amazed if we win this game.

But I wouldn't put it beyond CLK to win it anyway.

lildhoss76ut#638162 writes:

GO VOLS!!!

vol88 writes:

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I swear if Kessling talks about either team lining up in the pistol, I'm going to die.

navyvolinva writes:

We will win 35 - 14

AceVentura writes:

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Skullz_VOL writes:

I have faith this staff will have em focused and ready to play. GO VOLS

ctownvol writes:

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Go MSU

PdxVol writes:

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why you have to come on here trash talkin' and stuff? gosh!

Pompey writes:

in response to nwcs:

It's time to forget the mess for a bit and root on the Vols. Go Big Orange!!

I think Kiffin can turn this lemon into lemonade!

Pompey writes:

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They will, but you wont like it.....

colt writes:

IF COACH KIFFIN CAN GET THE PLAYERS READY AND WIN THIS GAME, THEN HE IS ONE OF THE BEST COACHES IN AMERICA. THE BLACK HOODED MISS. STUDENT SECTION WILL HELP.

brokebackvol writes:

Same Ole Mess. GBO!!

FEARinSEC writes:

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((((YAWN))))

mahabrando writes:

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quote for truth!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

By spring; the nuke thing will mean nothing; It's big news now because the media LOVES these type of stories; It will be hard to stop the momentum on the field and recruiting that the UT staff and players have spent nearly a year building..With every win; memories grow shorter.Just get the WIN and move on!!!

ctownvol writes:

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Seriously though...Go MSU

OrangePride writes:

This article is more like "one thing" to beat Ole Miss. I hardly count finding a tailgate spot and put points on the board "keys to victory." So here are few that Mike left out.

1. Pressure, pressure, pressure Snead. He has not reacted well to having the heat turned up and it has led to turnovers and bad reads.
2. Outgain Ole Miss on the ground. The team that wins the ground game tomorrow will be better balanced and likely win the game.
3. Hit, hit, hit! As we saw with South Carolina, a physical game will get into their heads.......actually, it was South Carolina that proved that axiom against Ole Miss earlier this year.
SO GO VOLS! STAY FOCUSED AND BEAT THE REBS!

CA_vol writes:

From a distance I think Kiffin is handling the situation well. I hope J Crompton has a great day in Oxford and we beat the living @!#$ out of them. GO BIG O!!!!!!!!!!!

hueypilot writes:

Apparently key to the game will be Crompton as Ole Miss will stop the run, either with 7 in the box as their front 4 is really good and deep, or with 8 as everybody else has, making JC prove, yet again, that he is not just a 3 game wonder. Go get em Jon. Lane and Monte have their work cut out for them to keep the team focused, but they can also use an us against the world mentality to their advantage. This will be a great test of this coaching staff and their ability to get a team ready in the face of a huge distraction. I think LK has the demeanor to get that done.

CoverOrange writes:

13 against Florida
10 against Alabama
equals
23
divide by 2
equals
12.5????
Huh??? Mike, get out your abacus again.

ctownvol writes:

Fair enough, but if Bama were playing the Montana Girl's School for the Blind I would learn how to spell Buck Fama in braille.

metalhead223 writes:

Go big Orange!!!!!!!!!!!

clcvol writes:

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You do realize MSU has put up a fight against some quality opponents right? Alabama has been pulling wins out of thin air lately so MSU has just as good of chance as Ole Miss at winning their game.

murrayvol writes:

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Go MSU

Thanks ctown. Nice touch.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

I think we're gonna play mad and beat the snot out of Ole Miss. TN 38 - Ole Miss 21

ctownvol writes:

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Thanks ctown. Nice touch.

Daddy always said "Don't argue with an idiot. He'll just drag you down to his level and beat you with experience"

pope10 writes:

I dont really know how much the phooey will affect the team emotionally, I dont think anybody does. However, I dont think it will be so crazy that it affects the outcome of the game. To me, either Tennessee or Ole Miss outprepares each other and wins the game. By the way UT has gameplanned all season, I personally think they will win comfortably...but its football.

ctownvol writes:

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Says the Bama fan on a UT website. Look on either side of the screen...That's checkerboards. Not houndstooth. Slacker? Do you know me or what I get paid to do? I didn't think so.

clcvol writes:

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What does claiming moral victories have to do with that statement? Quit changing the subject because you don't have any logical statement to make back.

tulelakevol writes:

Ole Piss fightin' Rebels. Have mastered the art of CHOKING when it comes time to play with the real football teams in the SEC. Long way down from top five ranking to sharing the cellar with your cow bell brothers.

VOLoom writes:

in response to colt:

IF COACH KIFFIN CAN GET THE PLAYERS READY AND WIN THIS GAME, THEN HE IS ONE OF THE BEST COACHES IN AMERICA. THE BLACK HOODED MISS. STUDENT SECTION WILL HELP.

WHO ARE YOU YELLLING AT? Calm, calm, caaaalm down. It's going to be all right.

VOLoom writes:

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I like this guy, undaunted he carries on. Of all the mean things he could say right now he just expresses his support for his team. To be honest with you I usually root for ole miss when we aren't playing them. They usually find a way to let me down though, hope they find a way to lose this saturday too.

ctownvol writes:

in response to VOLoom:

I like this guy, undaunted he carries on. Of all the mean things he could say right now he just expresses his support for his team. To be honest with you I usually root for ole miss when we aren't playing them. They usually find a way to let me down though, hope they find a way to lose this saturday too.

He's a Bama fan trying to be funny. Do NOT give him any credit.

Huttdawg100 writes:

I remember during Lane Kiffin's hiring press conference, he said that nothing can prepare you for crisis management more than coaching the Oakland Raiders. For that reason, I feel that we will come out and play mentally tough, sound football. I expect to leave Oxford with a win.

I'm confident that Monte has a plan in place that will completely confuse Snead. Houston Nutt's teams have routinely played tough defense, but I think we have 2 or 3 more athletes on offense than they do on defense. At the end of the day, I feel it will come down to run defense and QB play....

I have to admit that I trust a 5th year senior in J. Crompton on the road going against Nutt's defense more than J. Snead going against Monte.

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Is anyone else struggling with the math in #3?

jet writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Apparently key to the game will be Crompton as Ole Miss will stop the run, either with 7 in the box as their front 4 is really good and deep, or with 8 as everybody else has, making JC prove, yet again, that he is not just a 3 game wonder. Go get em Jon. Lane and Monte have their work cut out for them to keep the team focused, but they can also use an us against the world mentality to their advantage. This will be a great test of this coaching staff and their ability to get a team ready in the face of a huge distraction. I think LK has the demeanor to get that done.

Having raised boys, there are lots of things that I love about them. A couple are:
#1 They wake up in a new world everyday.
#2 They don't stay hung up on anything emotionally for very long.

Sometimes this is a disadvantge, but in this situation it will be an big advantge. What happened 3 days won't affect them a lot. They will be ready and they will win. Go BIG ORANGE!!!!

jet writes:

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and you are sitting in your Momma's basement????

tennezz writes:

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I have a place in mind that you can go!!!

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