Five Big Things for Vols against North Carolina

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  • What: Tennessee vs. North Carolina at the Music City Bowl
  • When: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: LP Field
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: All ages
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1. Be Here Now: Bowls are the least predictable game on the schedule. It's been 34 days since Tennessee beat Kentucky and virtually impossible to sustain that momentum. Bowl success is often about which teams want to be there and which teams are going through the motions. The Vols should have ample motivation to play well.

2. The Butch Factor: Tennessee's November rally included wins over three first-year head coaches. Butch Davis is a proven commodity. Assume that has made a difference in preparation and that it could make a difference in the heat of battle.

3. Limit T.J.'s TDs: Tennessee's secondary has to step up against Tar Heels quarterback T.J. Yates. The Vols would help themselves hugely with an interception or two. Yates threw only eight picks all year but his two multi-interception games (four against Virginia Tech, two against Miami) were both losses.

4. Protect The Kid: With little expectation for success on the ground, Tennessee is putting the game in Tyler Bray's hands. The rookie quarterback needs to be protected against a decent pass rush. All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick Quinton Coples has 8.5 sacks, which ranks top five nationally among defensive tackles.

5. Fagiddaboutit: History has proven a bowl win doesn't assure success the following year. Nor does a loss portend doom to come. Win or lose, Vol fans should keep in mind that this game is tied to 2010, not 2011.

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Comments » 23

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Strange's #4 comment..........assuming a lot. "Little
expectation for success on the ground."

Maybe he's right, if so it'll be an "I told you so".

But bottom line is keeping the reins on Yates and keeping the Carolina defense at bay................
if possible. It is possible.

Go Vols

RoadTrip writes:

NC also lost their starting mike and an OL besides the RB. A little more attrition doesn't hurt our chances any. Our boys will be ready.

wazzya69vol writes:

You got that right volbalrocks. We're coming your way Carolina, buckle up! We are going for five in a row, and the MCB will be filled with Orange! What a great finale to a tough season, but our Vols showed they were tougher!! GBO!!

thereturnoftriumph writes:

the ol' gator fan triumph wishes you guys the best of luck. make the sec proud.
my prediction is mr poole will make it a 27-20
vol victory.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Poole is VASTLY under-rated. 996yds is pretty impressive being that 1)He missed 1 or 2 games due to injury, 2) His o-line had 3 freshman starting, 3)Chaney virtually abandoned the run MULTIPLE times this yr. His numbers might not be huge in this bowl game but his impact will be. Being that Chaney's gonna air it out with Bray and UNC is extremely aggressive up front, Poole will GASH them with draw plays and screens IMO.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to thereturnoftriumph:

the ol' gator fan triumph wishes you guys the best of luck. make the sec proud.
my prediction is mr poole will make it a 27-20
vol victory.

What up Triumph?

Ga_Dave writes:

We are the 1st SEC team to play in bowl this year. Hoping for an 8-2 record for SEC starting with Big Orange victory Thursday! GBO

voloffaith writes:

in response to Ga_Dave:

We are the 1st SEC team to play in bowl this year. Hoping for an 8-2 record for SEC starting with Big Orange victory Thursday! GBO

Let's see You don't want Flarida 2 win and Aubie? Oops that was probably sabini at bamuh instead............

crimsonviper writes:

in response to thereturnoftriumph:

the ol' gator fan triumph wishes you guys the best of luck. make the sec proud.
my prediction is mr poole will make it a 27-20
vol victory.

SEC is where it's at! Vols by 10.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to thereturnoftriumph:

the ol' gator fan triumph wishes you guys the best of luck. make the sec proud.
my prediction is mr poole will make it a 27-20
vol victory.

T...I have been trying to return your message...You need to reset your account to allow personal messages..

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

SEC is where it's at! Vols by 10.

SEC and Big 10 IMO. I've gotta give them credit, the Big 10 is REALLY tough this yr. Second to the SEC of course.

MusicCityVol writes:

I hope I'm wrong but I think Yates will be a handful.

http://checkerboardchatter.blogspot.c...

crimsonviper writes:

Aye,RR..Truth in that,they have suprised me this year...Hope you and yours had a great Christmas.

tnsportsman writes:

Just got back home from the battle of the bands downtown.

While partying on 2nd Avenue, the Very Few UNC Fans sounded like the Very Few Miami Fans at the 1985 Sugar Bowl. They were saying, THEY are so much better on both offense and defense, that THEY will win big tomorrow.

VOLS GO KICK SOME TAR HEEL AZZ! Just like the 35 to 7 1985 Sugar Bowl Win! The VolNation will be 55,000 strong tomorrow and OUR VOLS WILL WIN!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

ncvol17 writes:

UNC is no pushover. It helps us that they lost their running back. He was pretty good. Yates is also having a good season and their backup QB was almost their starter. Score early and often to beat UNC.

duke.moses#299699 writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Just got back home from the battle of the bands downtown.

While partying on 2nd Avenue, the Very Few UNC Fans sounded like the Very Few Miami Fans at the 1985 Sugar Bowl. They were saying, THEY are so much better on both offense and defense, that THEY will win big tomorrow.

VOLS GO KICK SOME TAR HEEL AZZ! Just like the 35 to 7 1985 Sugar Bowl Win! The VolNation will be 55,000 strong tomorrow and OUR VOLS WILL WIN!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

The NC fans must be drunk already!! If they are so much more talented, then why were they sub-par in a pathetic league??? The ACC champion lost to James Madison!!
Vols 33 NC 17

GBO

tnsportsman writes:

in response to duke.moses#299699:

The NC fans must be drunk already!! If they are so much more talented, then why were they sub-par in a pathetic league??? The ACC champion lost to James Madison!!
Vols 33 NC 17

GBO

LOL Agree duke.moses! The UNC Fans are a little drunk tonight on Broadway. Hope their Team is as over confident as they are, just like Miami was in 1985!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

duke.moses#299699 writes:

in response to ncvol17:

UNC is no pushover. It helps us that they lost their running back. He was pretty good. Yates is also having a good season and their backup QB was almost their starter. Score early and often to beat UNC.

Good grief people quit building these guys up as world beaters!! We took on 6 legit top 25 teams and led or tied all of them in the 3rd quarter, still say we (beat LSU) so it's not like we haven't played a tremendous schedule!! NC played LSU about the same as we did. We will win this game, not even worried about it. CDD has the team heading in the right direction now and the guys now know how to win a game. NC is in trouble and Davis may be fired after this game.

Riding in from Greenville SC tomorrow round 1pm, how's the traffic situation and where is the best place to park for the game? 1st time to LP field.

GBO

volsbandit writes:

"With little expectation for success on the ground, Tennessee is putting the game in Tyler Bray's hands." I doubt it.
Expect Tauren Poole to have a big game, and Tyler Bray to struggle, especially early due to cooler temps.

springtx_vol writes:

SEC Bowl Analysis:

I see a 9-1 bowl record for the SEC, as outlined below. Someone (possibly USC and Arkansas, if I had to pick two more teams) will also lose, so 8-2 or 7-3 is more likely. This assumes that all of the teams actually want to be there. I can not predict those types of performances (such as Alabama - Utah a couple of years ago).

Kentucky - Pitts: Kentucky offense should give Pitt fits except Hartline will not be playing. Predict UK will come out with something to prove and win by at least 10.

UT - UNC: UT should take advantage of home field crowd and Bray's arm. I predict Hunter and D'Rick will have a field day on offense and a healthy UT D will prevent a lot of UNC big plays. UT by 14.

USC - FSU: Which FSU team shows up? I am not sold on Emmanuel as QB. USC's strength is shutting down the run. Can Emmanuel play well enought to win? Can Garcia not make any boneheaded plays? USC by 10.

UF - PSU: Which Florida team shows up? The offense that played against Georgia, Kentucky and Vandy? Or the one that played the other 9 games? My prediction is that Brantley starts his transfer papers and Burton/Reed play the bulk of the plays at QB. If that happens, UF can win big. UF by 20.

Georgia - UCF: You're kidding, right? If the Dawgs show up, it will not be a contest, UGA by 28.

MSU - Michigan: Michigan has not seen anyone that plays defense like MSU. With a month to prepare, Mullen's crew will be ready. Robinson will have his worst game of the year. MSU by 7.

Alabama - MSU (Michigan variety): The relative strength of the SEC vs the Big Ten (12) will be apparent. Alabama will run all over MSU and their D will shut down a weak MSU offense. Alabama by 17.

LSU - Tex A&M: Will LSU handle not being in a BCS bowl? Can "The Hat" motivate his team? Will LSU offense be productive? I foresee an disappointing game from an SEC school that doesn't want to be in this bowl game. A&M by 7.

Arkansas - OSU: The Ohio State university will be licking their wounds from the suspensions handed out by the NCAA. They will be 0-10 against the SEC in bowl games. Mallet will torch them right and left. Pryor may end up having a big game running the ball, but it will not be enough. The Hogs by 8.

Auburn - Oregon: I read an article earlier in the week about 10 reasons Oregon will win. Everyone of them treated Auburn as a second tier team (close wins over KY, Alabama, S. Carolina compared to Oregon stomping everyone but Cal), Auburn defense not be in shape to play the full game, Oregon shutting down the Auburn ground game and forcing Newton to throw, etc., etc., etc. Auburn might as well not show up. The SEC still gets no respect. If memory serves me, the SEC representative was bad mouthed by the national press in each of the four previous MNC games. Auburn will return the BCS trophy to the SEC, winning 40 to 27.

stompintheswamp2 writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

SEC Bowl Analysis:

I see a 9-1 bowl record for the SEC, as outlined below. Someone (possibly USC and Arkansas, if I had to pick two more teams) will also lose, so 8-2 or 7-3 is more likely. This assumes that all of the teams actually want to be there. I can not predict those types of performances (such as Alabama - Utah a couple of years ago).

Kentucky - Pitts: Kentucky offense should give Pitt fits except Hartline will not be playing. Predict UK will come out with something to prove and win by at least 10.

UT - UNC: UT should take advantage of home field crowd and Bray's arm. I predict Hunter and D'Rick will have a field day on offense and a healthy UT D will prevent a lot of UNC big plays. UT by 14.

USC - FSU: Which FSU team shows up? I am not sold on Emmanuel as QB. USC's strength is shutting down the run. Can Emmanuel play well enought to win? Can Garcia not make any boneheaded plays? USC by 10.

UF - PSU: Which Florida team shows up? The offense that played against Georgia, Kentucky and Vandy? Or the one that played the other 9 games? My prediction is that Brantley starts his transfer papers and Burton/Reed play the bulk of the plays at QB. If that happens, UF can win big. UF by 20.

Georgia - UCF: You're kidding, right? If the Dawgs show up, it will not be a contest, UGA by 28.

MSU - Michigan: Michigan has not seen anyone that plays defense like MSU. With a month to prepare, Mullen's crew will be ready. Robinson will have his worst game of the year. MSU by 7.

Alabama - MSU (Michigan variety): The relative strength of the SEC vs the Big Ten (12) will be apparent. Alabama will run all over MSU and their D will shut down a weak MSU offense. Alabama by 17.

LSU - Tex A&M: Will LSU handle not being in a BCS bowl? Can "The Hat" motivate his team? Will LSU offense be productive? I foresee an disappointing game from an SEC school that doesn't want to be in this bowl game. A&M by 7.

Arkansas - OSU: The Ohio State university will be licking their wounds from the suspensions handed out by the NCAA. They will be 0-10 against the SEC in bowl games. Mallet will torch them right and left. Pryor may end up having a big game running the ball, but it will not be enough. The Hogs by 8.

Auburn - Oregon: I read an article earlier in the week about 10 reasons Oregon will win. Everyone of them treated Auburn as a second tier team (close wins over KY, Alabama, S. Carolina compared to Oregon stomping everyone but Cal), Auburn defense not be in shape to play the full game, Oregon shutting down the Auburn ground game and forcing Newton to throw, etc., etc., etc. Auburn might as well not show up. The SEC still gets no respect. If memory serves me, the SEC representative was bad mouthed by the national press in each of the four previous MNC games. Auburn will return the BCS trophy to the SEC, winning 40 to 27.

If DaRick and Hunter are having a field day, what will Demo and G. Jones be doing? Hopefully scoring lots of TDs....AIR IT OUT Baby!!

rich182x writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Just got back home from the battle of the bands downtown.

While partying on 2nd Avenue, the Very Few UNC Fans sounded like the Very Few Miami Fans at the 1985 Sugar Bowl. They were saying, THEY are so much better on both offense and defense, that THEY will win big tomorrow.

VOLS GO KICK SOME TAR HEEL AZZ! Just like the 35 to 7 1985 Sugar Bowl Win! The VolNation will be 55,000 strong tomorrow and OUR VOLS WILL WIN!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

` I envy you, Sir. Im stationed in Germany now, (lastly Korea) and I would kill to be on 2nd Ave with all the UT fans and gameday. I have a good friend here that is a UNC fan so we will watch the game on the Armed Forces Network and drink German beer celebrating a UT victory!! (at least one of us) Please, enjoy my home state for a little bit for me as well, everyone!

volnnwbama writes:

again, LAY THE WOOD TO EM let them know what the big orange is all about

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