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Eric Berry couldn't get his sleep schedule right.

Chris Walker was just worn out from the five-hour flight.

And these were experienced Tennessee players struggling with the long trip to UCLA last season.

The Bruins are going the opposite direction this weekend and don't have nearly as much training leaving home, though there's not much coach Rick Neuheisel can do at this point besides get on the plane and let them learn what life is like on the road.

"Our issues are always going to be the maturity of our guys because they haven't done this a lot," Neuheisel said. "We're probably going to get on the airplane with about 20 guys that haven't played a road game yet, maybe higher than that. In so doing, there's a lot that goes into how you travel, how you stay with your routine - especially now going in two days early, they're going to be in a hotel for two nights.

"We've just got to have a lot of structure with what we do and keep guys focused and taking advantage of the time that they have between the time we land in Tennessee and the time we play."

That period will be longer than normal with the Bruins arriving in Knoxville on Thursday, which should give them a better shot at adjusting to the time change and resetting their clocks for Saturday's game (TV: ESPN, 4 p.m.). While that should ease the transition, it doesn't really make going coast to coast for a game any less difficult, and the travel issues have been well-documented in both college football and the NFL recently.

The Vols should know. They've been the case study over the last three years, soundly beating California at home, then losing twice in a row on trips to the Golden State - including last year's at UCLA.

"I think it could be a factor, that cross-country traveling, because I went to sleep super early when I went out to California," Berry said. "It was probably about seven o'clock when we got out there and I was knocked out. Then I probably got up around three or four their time (in the morning), and I was just up that whole day.

"Not to make any excuses or anything, but I think the time did have an effect. You just have to deal with it. We signed up for it on our schedule last year, so we had to deal with it."

It's the Bruins turn now, and they'll likely be dealing with a few more issues than the Vols had to a year ago.

Neuheisel used 23 first-time players in the season-opening win over San Diego State, eight of whom were true freshmen. The offense is led by a redshirt freshman making his road debut, and three of the linemen are starting for just the second time in their careers.

Communication also could be a problem for the Bruins coming into Neyland Stadium, but for now Neuheisel is more concerned about just getting there.

"I don't want them to avoid the excitement that comes with playing in that kind of venue," Neuheisel said. "I think you're missing out on something that's a memory for a long time, and how positive a memory it's going to be is up to how well we play.

"But, yeah, I think (the travel) is why the home team has an advantage. There's no question, they get to miss all that wear and tear that travel provides. But as Bill Walsh says, 'How do you win on the road? You take a good team.' Hopefully our team is ready to play well."

They can start by getting to bed on time.

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Comments » 64

Volsnfl writes:

NIGHT,NIGHT

stayingorange writes:

Go ahead and prepare for a long, disappointed flight back to LA.

VOLHolla writes:

somebody give them a roadmap... turn left at butt-whoopin'

HOLLA! Go Big Orange

WoodstockVol writes:

Neuheisel and Norm Chow will have their team prepared for this game. They understand our offensive system and have plenty of athletes.
That being said, there is a lot of validity to saying that travelling cross country and stepping into a charged up Neyland Stadium will sap the life right out of you. This will be a big win for the Vols and a momentum builder as we roll into the Swamp.

dbc5361 writes:

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whatcanbrowndoforyou writes:

Neuheisel don't sound very confident in his boys (not that he has a reason to be coming into big orange country). Every quote I have read from him this week he has sounded doubtful.

VOLHolla writes:

in response to dbc5361:

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Idiots

does "dbc" mean that you (d)ont-(b)uy-the (c)ool aid?

this so-called idiot will have another glass please!

BOTTOMS UP! HOLLA!

trivol writes:

Tuck 'em in Neuheisel... They need their beauty rest.

utfan2121 writes:

in response to stayingorange:

Go ahead and prepare for a long, disappointed flight back to LA.

Bruins, Get ready to say.."well we took a beat down.. but man that was an amazing atmosphere."

WoodstockVol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Absolutely right, Doc. CBS is praying that we drop a Big Orange Hammer on UCLA, earn a Top 25 ranking and show up in Gainesville with attitude so they can crank up the Hype Machine all week long. Let's do our part and give 'em something to talk about.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

in response to whatcanbrowndoforyou:

Neuheisel don't sound very confident in his boys (not that he has a reason to be coming into big orange country). Every quote I have read from him this week he has sounded doubtful.

Coach Speak...don't buy it

murrayvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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It would just be awful if the men of Troy beat the mighty Gators and took all the luster off 9/19.

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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There is a difference DC. It's going to be very hostile at the Swamp next week, but UT goes there every 2 years so the players know to expect.
UCLA is traveling across 3 time zones to play in the most hostile environment their players have ever been in.

murrayvol writes:

in response to whatcanbrowndoforyou:

Neuheisel don't sound very confident in his boys (not that he has a reason to be coming into big orange country). Every quote I have read from him this week he has sounded doubtful.

Coachspeak! Bear Bryant never met a team that he could beat.

GatorHater326 writes:

Delta Charlie, a florida ...(excuse me) Tebow fan ( cause florida has no team without Tebow) posting on a teams site that went 5-7 last year and a team that Florida....I mean, Tebow beat handily two years in a row. You would think the defending National Champion's fans wouldn't worry about the Vols... it's ok sweety you're mother will tuck you in when she leaves my house. Just try not to dream about being ran over by the Lane train. Enjoy this season because when Tebow leaves and Urby follows it's back to the bottom of the SEC for the gators

WoodstockVol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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No contradiction at all, DC. An inexperienced UCLA will have a tough time crossing three time zones and adapting to a pressure cooker environment in Knoxville. WHEN we convincingly beat them, we will build momentum towards a showdown with the Gators.

Clearly, Tennessee has been impacted by playing in the Swamp. Our last several visits to Gainesville have been miserable failures. Phil would have been better served by stopping off at the Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum and blowing off the game in some of those seasons.

But things might be different this year and in the future...

VOLHolla writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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not at all - he's NOT quiet and we ain't scared

LadyVolsEighTimes writes:

in response to whatcanbrowndoforyou:

Neuheisel don't sound very confident in his boys (not that he has a reason to be coming into big orange country). Every quote I have read from him this week he has sounded doubtful.

He was the same way last year, very self depreciating in the media.

Look at Kiffin's comments about UCLA, they have been very positive about UCLA.

steelersman42 writes:

in response to DestinVol:

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11. A surplus of medical staffers

memphis_vol_fan writes:

11. an EB=Pain t-shirt for the trip home

GatorHater326 writes:

Delta Charline is scared fear the Kiffin...the Lane Train is coming time to drain the swamp. Tebow wears Lane Kiffin panties

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to memphis_vol_fan:

11. an EB=Pain t-shirt for the trip home

"...you carried the football....you carried the football...but you didn't see eric and things went real bad.....and now instead of living as a football hero....no one will even claim you but your mom and dad..."

LadyVolsEighTimes writes:

in response to GatorHater326:

Delta Charlie, a florida ...(excuse me) Tebow fan ( cause florida has no team without Tebow) posting on a teams site that went 5-7 last year and a team that Florida....I mean, Tebow beat handily two years in a row. You would think the defending National Champion's fans wouldn't worry about the Vols... it's ok sweety you're mother will tuck you in when she leaves my house. Just try not to dream about being ran over by the Lane train. Enjoy this season because when Tebow leaves and Urby follows it's back to the bottom of the SEC for the gators

DC isn't here to to educate us about the Gators. He keeps coming back because we don't simply ignore his drivel.

He is a small person without any friends, compatriots, or any breathing creature that will acknowledge him in his own little world.

So in his very sick little mind he comes to our website to seek those things. He derives some sense of self-esteem by proclaiming from the Cyber Mountain Tops that Florida is far superior to all others.

If Delta Charlie preaches in a Vacuum would anyone hear him?? Then let us create that vacuum for him, thru deligent efforts to ignore him.

VolJoe writes:

whatever happened to the entertaining trolls? this is just sad

tennezz writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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NO, But tanks for your xspurt pinion!

tennezz writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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Gators better creep somewhere Coach Gran is draining the swamp!!!

GatorHater326 writes:

"Florida didnt win their first SEC title until 1991 and now they think they invented football." -Ron Zook

ClearVol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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yeah, and you might get hit with a flying liquor bottle or some redneck fu student studying for his pizza delivery degree will pour their urine on you. Oh yeah, it will affect you ...Just ask Casey Clausen..
Swamp = worst fans in the SEC, hands down.

Cldvols1 writes:

in response to GatorHater326:

"Florida didnt win their first SEC title until 1991 and now they think they invented football." -Ron Zook

LOL, good one GH! bahaha

jeremy writes:

Neuhiesel, for some reason, reminds me alot of Holtz. poor mouthing his team and his chances. They will be ready to play and play us tough. There is a reason that the series is 7-5-1 or 2. Put the koolaid down and put a dip in....it will be a tough game. Hope I am wrong, as a good friend told me, I am still "fulmerized" and expecting a let down.

mercuryvol writes:

For Expat's list; 11)large case of Boudreaux's Butt Paste UT 24 UCLA 10

AdrianG writes:

The only thing that Tenn have to their advantage is the atmosphere. I mean by reading some of the comments on vols football articles you guys really believe your team is better than ours, Lol.......... Tenn sucks and come saturday you will see why. They will try to run the ball on us but our defence should be expecting it, therefore we should be able to stop it. Then they will try to go to the air and our secondary will be getting picks all day long. Let's go Bruins!!

Kiffin_fan writes:

Let us get past UCLA before we go draining the swamp. I think we win by double digits but they will be ready to play. Then we go drain the swamp.

Go Vols!!!!!!!

StroVol writes:

I hope we are ready for anything. CRN is no dummy. They will throw the kitchen sink at us Sat. All this pity speak about his team and players is so planned. When the smack in the mouth comes, Rico and Berry better keep us focused!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

I would imagine AFTER the UCLA game Kiffin will turn his attention to the biggest matter facing the Vols.

Getting them used to playing in a dinky stadium with jorted fans and a smaller crowd.

PennVol writes:

If they bring their ear plugs, they can have a nice nap from 4-7:30 pm on Saturday to get ready for the ride home on Sunday.

I get the feeling that Kiffin & Co would have a well thought out plan for trips across the country. We'll see how USC makes out against Ohio St - my guess is they will make out very well!

doubledown writes:

Does anyone know where UCLA is staying? Will they be having Grits, biscuit and gravy, and country ham for breakfast?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to dbc5361:

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johnlg00 writes:

in response to tonyvick#213307:

Coach Speak...don't buy it

Pretty much what I thought. The "poor-mouth" style of coach-speak is still alive and well. We'd better be ready for a stiff test Saturday!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to PennVol:

If they bring their ear plugs, they can have a nice nap from 4-7:30 pm on Saturday to get ready for the ride home on Sunday.

I get the feeling that Kiffin & Co would have a well thought out plan for trips across the country. We'll see how USC makes out against Ohio St - my guess is they will make out very well!

Well, USC WILL be taking a pretty darned good team to Columbus. As the coach said in the article, the way to win on the road is to take a good team.

StroVol writes:

Anybody think it's odd that Florida couldn't record one sack against Charleston? Just one?

VOLfanstuckinFL writes:

in response to AdrianG:

The only thing that Tenn have to their advantage is the atmosphere. I mean by reading some of the comments on vols football articles you guys really believe your team is better than ours, Lol.......... Tenn sucks and come saturday you will see why. They will try to run the ball on us but our defence should be expecting it, therefore we should be able to stop it. Then they will try to go to the air and our secondary will be getting picks all day long. Let's go Bruins!!

First it is "Defense" not "defence". Second I would hope that all football teams are ready for the pass and run because if not then it wouldn't be to fun for that team. Also, I dont know if your players have met Eric Berry but I am sure they will this Saturday. So how about you come up with a real argument if you want to sound smart. GO VOLS!!!

cc623 writes:

in response to AdrianG:

The only thing that Tenn have to their advantage is the atmosphere. I mean by reading some of the comments on vols football articles you guys really believe your team is better than ours, Lol.......... Tenn sucks and come saturday you will see why. They will try to run the ball on us but our defence should be expecting it, therefore we should be able to stop it. Then they will try to go to the air and our secondary will be getting picks all day long. Let's go Bruins!!

Everybody knows we are going to run the ball mainly but,can ANYBODY stop us?NO.Simple questions deserve simple answers.Tennessee will not lose on Saturday and at least they don't have to wear those faggy blue uni's like Ucla.

elove_73#637426 writes:

FIRST TIME POST. AND WUD LIKE TO SAY ITS A HONOR FOR ME.

govolsfan#214750 writes:

in response to stayingorange:

Go ahead and prepare for a long, disappointed flight back to LA.

No way, as a Vols fan, Im going to be drinking our victory on the plane as I fly back to L.A.

ssgdebity writes:

in response to VOLHolla:

somebody give them a roadmap... turn left at butt-whoopin'

HOLLA! Go Big Orange

I thought it was smackdown BLVD at the corner of know your roll.

davidray728 writes:

Hey Vol Fans....time out....at least UCLA and TENN have scheduled a "real" contest. Alabama and Florida scheduled "high school" opponents for their second games. Who really has confidence in their teams? Not Alabama or Florida, that is for sure.

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

Go vols! It's time to clean house

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VOLfanstuckinFL:

First it is "Defense" not "defence". Second I would hope that all football teams are ready for the pass and run because if not then it wouldn't be to fun for that team. Also, I dont know if your players have met Eric Berry but I am sure they will this Saturday. So how about you come up with a real argument if you want to sound smart. GO VOLS!!!

Maybe he's a Brit, since that is how they spell it. If so, it goes some way toward explaining why he doesn't seem to get just what his team is in for on Saturday. I don't expect this game to be NEARLY as easy as WKU. We may well have some trouble moving the ball early, but they will have a LOT of trouble moving it at all. They may not have grasped the fact that "3d-and-Chavis" isn't our DC anymore!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to elove_73#637426:

FIRST TIME POST. AND WUD LIKE TO SAY ITS A HONOR FOR ME.

Glad you feel honored and of course I welcome you to the board, but I must tell you that the qualifications for posting on here are not all that high(;-P). If you have read many posts on here, including some of mine, you can see what I mean!

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