Vols scoff at betting line

McCoy says 'let the playing speak for itself' about UT being a four-touchdown underdog.

 In this Sept. 5, 2009, file photo, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin looks on during an NCAA college football game against Western in Knoxville, Tenn. Kiffin's false recruiting allegations and his pledge to sing 'Rocky Top' all night long after beating Florida have given the top-ranked Florida Gators a little extra juice heading into Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener against the Volunteers (1-1).

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In this Sept. 5, 2009, file photo, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin looks on during an NCAA college football game against Western in Knoxville, Tenn. Kiffin's false recruiting allegations and his pledge to sing "Rocky Top" all night long after beating Florida have given the top-ranked Florida Gators a little extra juice heading into Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener against the Volunteers (1-1).

Time: 3:30 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

TV: WVLT (CBS)

Radio: WIVK-FM 107.7, WNML-AM 990/FM 99.0, WNRX-FM 99.3 (Vol Network)

Line: Florida by 30

Gametime forecast: Partly cloudy, 88 degrees. Isolated thunderstorms

KNOXVILLE -- The NCAA frowns on gambling, and it's hard to find reliable information on the history of betting lines.

But good luck finding anyone who can find the last time Tennessee went into a football game as a 30-point underdog.

That was the case as of Friday night, according to many Web sites, and it could still ring true when the Volunteers kick off today at 3:30 p.m. against top-ranked and reigning national champion Florida.

Eleven years after winning the national championship, and two years after appearing in the Southeastern Conference championship game, the Volunteers are expected to lose a game by more than four touchdowns

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volatil writes:

I'm betting we win!!!!!!!!!

mdvol writes:

I took the "under" and the Vols plus the points. Book it. Gators 27-13. Better times ahead for the Vols. UT reels off three straight wins before going to Alabama. mdvol never lies.

volatil writes:

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pdhuff#552644 writes:

Need frothing?

orlandosentinel.com or gainesvillesun.com.

Truly full of themselves.

VolintheRockies writes:

I just wish that this game was on ESPN. Verne Lundquist is unbearable with his annual anti-UT tone (He loves Bama) and inevitable references to anyone remotely connected to the frigging Dallas Cowboys.

GO VOLS!

Psychovol writes:

Tebow soils his Tebows and Urban suffers from shrinkage.

TommyJack writes:

As previously stated, no team in America needs an azz-whoopin like the gators.

imw8n4u writes:

unfortunately, I feel like planning for what I will do if TN wins this one is like planning for what I will do if I win the lottery. However, that doesn't mean there isn't a chance. Go Vols!

teampenny#658108 writes:

If we lose by 1, 10 or 30-it is a loss. I will not be happy unless we win. Do not care about learning lessons or sending guys to the pros-just winning championships!

notoriousBIGorange writes:

The good news is that even if TN loses by a "respectable" 10 points or less, it looks like a victory for the program and CLK and shows improvment over the last 2 seasons.

cloudodust writes:

"Nuts."

DaveVol writes:

Today will either be Crompton's last career start, or the first start in turning around his career. It all comes down to QB play. I hope he does well. I also hope Monte has our guys teeing off on Tebow everytime he hands off or throws a block. We need to hit him every play and make him think about it, ring his bell take him out of this game.

DaveVol writes:

in response to cloudodust:

"Nuts."

Nice quote, a man like that needs to be rescued.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to DaveVol:

Today will either be Crompton's last career start, or the first start in turning around his career. It all comes down to QB play. I hope he does well. I also hope Monte has our guys teeing off on Tebow everytime he hands off or throws a block. We need to hit him every play and make him think about it, ring his bell take him out of this game.

Well said.

In spite of the "make-nice" articles lately, ol' reality says that our QB play is very sub-standard.

Will it change as the curtain will open today in Gainesville??

We can hope that the telegraphing stare-down will end.

Leave it on the field, Vols.

Razzle writes:

Jack their jaws Vols. Tenn 31 Fla 28.

ethanfrome writes:

in response to cloudodust:

"Nuts."

As in the battle of the bulge?

SEC__Headgear writes:

Just not sure Tennessee has the horsepower to hang with them at all. Playing smart would be a very good idea.

DaveVol writes:

in response to SEC__Headgear:

Just not sure Tennessee has the horsepower to hang with them at all. Playing smart would be a very good idea.

I'm really eager to see how Monte attacks their offense. I think slowing them down and us being able to run will be the key. Simple to say though.

Chomp writes:

in response to volatil:

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Don't know about that, but I hear Tebow panties are being sold off the rack to Tennessee women down here. Sales are booming!

Chomp writes:

in response to DaveVol:

Nice quote, a man like that needs to be rescued.

~chuckle~ Made me smile. I called my son and passed that one along. Nothing wrong with a good sense of humor.

Weatherman writes:

in response to cloudodust:

"Nuts."

A hard fight, but we won the day...still, no Patton to swoop in at the end and force the Germans to retreat...we'll have to go it along in this one. BTW, with that stationary front still hovering over TN and a low inching towards the panhandle of FL, there's a chance of rain today at the game, a high of near 90 degrees, and an upset looming on the horizon. Go vols!

Volways writes:

in response to Chomp:

Don't know about that, but I hear Tebow panties are being sold off the rack to Tennessee women down here. Sales are booming!

You know because you were first in line.

DaveVol writes:

in response to Chomp:

~chuckle~ Made me smile. I called my son and passed that one along. Nothing wrong with a good sense of humor.

Appreciate that, and people that know their history. If nothing else Kiffin has lit the fire back under this rivalry. It's really been missing since Spurrier left.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to TommyJack:

As previously stated, no team in America needs an azz-whoopin like the gators.

cheers!

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

Two things.... 1.) all of Spurrier's barbs never helped us get up for Florida... so don't believe the hype.
2.) I am in total agreement with an earlier post... even if we don't win, hit them so hard every play that they remember us.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to DaveVol:

Today will either be Crompton's last career start, or the first start in turning around his career. It all comes down to QB play. I hope he does well. I also hope Monte has our guys teeing off on Tebow everytime he hands off or throws a block. We need to hit him every play and make him think about it, ring his bell take him out of this game.

i'd like to see crompton pull out the same thing rick clausen did down at lsu.

OrangeAppeal writes:

"From this moment forward I want you to let no one, I mean no one get past you and make another yard. Let them never forget the day they played the Vols!!!!"

OrangeAppeal writes:

"Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"

tennezz writes:

Will Timmy Peehole circumcise Meyer if Tenn. wins?

OrangeAppeal writes:

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.”

ReverendOrange writes:

Fear not faithfull. Though we must go to the Swamp, we will not become the Swamp. Though the Godless Gator will raise it's ugly head today, redemption is on the horizon. The patient shall inherit the recruiting classes and Rivals.com will be pleased.
Keep the faith.

HollySpringsVOL writes:

in response to ethanfrome:

As in the battle of the bulge?

Exactly

DaveVol writes:

Seems to be a day of quotes. I like this one from General Neyland (though not verbatim), " Touchdowns follow blocking, just as surely as night follows day". Hopefully our rungame will do this all day.

Cldvols1 writes:

I've said it all week, "UT's gonna shock the nation!"

BigOrangeVol writes:

My Uncle was at Bastogne as a member of the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne and came home with more fruit salad than I've ever seen to this day.

Sadly, we don't have a Division Commander Brigadier General like Tony McAuliffe or the other leaders of the Western Front! When told that the German were demanding our surrender he said, "Us surrender? Aw, nuts!" (BTW, Uncle Jack said that Mac, aka, Tony, never used profanity so the rumors that he said something other than "Nuts!" are incorrect.)

Regimental Commander Colonel Joe "Bud" Harper told the Captain of the German surrender party, "If you don't know what 'Nuts' means, in plain English it is the same as 'Go to Hell'. And I'll tell you something else, if you continue to attack we will kill every goddam German that tries to break into this city."

While our forces in Bastogne were outnumbered 20:1, it was actually Major General Creighton "Abe" Abrams (who the Abrams tank is named after) 4th Armored Division's 37th Armor Regimen that was the spearhead for Patton's Third Army that helped to relieve/rescue the 101st.

I doubt that Urban will ask for our surrender and we won't have coaches that are cut from the same cloth as our WWII commanders. Whether we lose by 1 point or 60 points there is no such thing as a "moral" victory - there is only victory or defeat.

GhostofRobertNeyland writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

If we lose by 1, 10 or 30-it is a loss. I will not be happy unless we win. Do not care about learning lessons or sending guys to the pros-just winning championships!

I agree. I expect to win. To everyone who doesn't think the Vols can win, turn off the tv and radio and don't waste your time with the game. Just don't waste my time tomorrow on here talking your BS! Go VOLS!!! Bleedin' ORANGE since 1964!!!

blitzshoot writes:

in response to TommyJack:

As previously stated, no team in America needs an azz-whoopin like the gators.

In due time TJ...may not be today, but it's coming.
Go Vols!

blitzshoot writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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Good to hear they are showing the game down at the Union Mission Naffy. Go Vols!

VolunteerLifer writes:

Another lazy sportswriter too intellectually challenged to take a different slant on the 'Lane Kiffin shouldn't have said something to ruffle the feathers of the mighty gators' story.

He like the rest of the idiot moron imbecile sportswriters could have taken the angle: 'You mean to tell me that with Spurrier as their coaching icon that Florida has the nerve to get their backs up against someone talking smack at THEM for a change. That's a hell of an altitude to fly at.'

But of course sportswriters, being journalists, and having the same subpar education that journalists have, can't think for themselves. They are just like all journalists, they follow the herd.

VolunteerLifer writes:

In this atmosphere and in this game, the Volunteers should just forget about the scoreboard and focus on knocking out as many of the florida players as they can. We should pull out all the stops and play kamikaze football. What do we have to lose? We're supposed to lose by four touchdowns, at least, anyway - so why not just play like kamikazes?

vol49 writes:

anyone see holtz on espn spewing phooey about CLK's wife having to hire someone to carry his coffin? espn is a classless joke. now i know the espn losers would never take anything out of context, but a person could take that and...

the10sevol writes:

in response to cloudodust:

"Nuts."

perfect quote. many of the kids on here won't know its origin unless they were awake in history class, but it truly is the perfect quote for the Vols going into this game. i salute you.
GBO

Vol_in_Mich writes:

#1 Gator fan on his way to the game.
http://i43.tinypic.com/15z3ya1.jpg

GO VOLS!!!

mjaichele writes:

in response to the10sevol:

perfect quote. many of the kids on here won't know its origin unless they were awake in history class, but it truly is the perfect quote for the Vols going into this game. i salute you.
GBO

Perfect quote for the Perfect storm. Florida wins 63 to 3. Horrible offensive line, that is beat up already, Cromptard running for his life, and a defense that will be worn out from having to play the whole game. This game is a W for Tennessee, as in Who Cares, this team is rebuilding, desperately needs offensive lineman, and may not be good enough even next year to beat Florida. Sorry, reality sucks.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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No Goob,That is a Hyundai you are in sitting at a rest stop.Probably with one of your buddies.

Sand_Eater_6 writes:

When did America lose it's guts? We didn't cower in fear before the mighty juggernaut of the Nazi regime, we didn't run in fear from the Communist Chinese...we were politically hamstrung in Vietnam, and yet we had a clear objective in the "first Gulf War". We had an overwhelming victory in the second Gulf war (It's the peace that is getting us).
As a former soldier, and a current contractor, this fight is different only in that there aren't bullets and bombs. Florida will try to throw down the "Scorched Earth" policy, thinking that the Vols are beaten down as if they are a bunch of Grenadian soldiers or Cubans, when in fact, the Vols should make this their Thermopylae. Total war; every play, no stops, full bore effort and play with an angry righteousness. Our men in Orange have been maligned since Kiffen first spoke...and yet the mental chess match he has played has gotten us a recruiting class that is coveted by every other team. Hopefully, his (and his staff's) coaching will equal his recruiting. One thing's for sure, it's a different attitude in "Orange". "operor non votum vulnero super vestri hostilis , intentio is" Do not wish harm upon your enemies, plan it.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

in response to Vol_in_Mich:

#1 Gator fan on his way to the game.
http://i43.tinypic.com/15z3ya1.jpg

GO VOLS!!!

I just hope the team is ready for those jorts...

cloudodust writes:

We've been written off from A-Z but I can't accept the unknown as fact in the game of football. The line is based on the premise that Florida will do whatever Florida wants to do and nobody can stop the raging beast from devouring Kiffin's Vols today. From opening day 2008, that has been the case with the Gators, Ole Miss being the lone exception. We all know Florida is a good, deep team. But as my Dad use to tell me, 'The bigger they are, the harder they fall.' Until the final gun sounds we fight to win, not to place. Go Vols

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