Five Big Things For Vols vs. Vanderbilt

1. Turnovers: Football coaches have a love/hate relationship with turnovers and for good reason. The Vols were down a combined 9-1 in the turnover ratio in losses to Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina but up 10-1 in wins over Memphis and Ole Miss. And a 4-0 edge is how UT nearly upset LSU.

2. Running on Empty: It's never too late to get some juice in the running game. Tennessee ranks last in the SEC at 118.9 rushing yards a game. It would be a huge boost for a team trying to get to and win a bowl game to make opponents pay some semblance of respect to the run. Guess who's last in the SEC in rushing defense?

3. Protect the Man: Freshman Tyler Bray, aka Mr. November, has injected life into Tennessee's offense. He's put up prolific passing numbers in his two starts but he's still getting hit a lot. Even if the hits don't knock him out of a game, they affect his accuracy. Build a wall.

4. Shut the Dore: Vanderbilt has the least threatening offense in the SEC. Still, Tennessee's defense doesn't want to help the Commodores by giving away any bonus yardage. Missed tackles kept popping up in the win over Ole Miss. That needs to get fixed before the Vols see Randall Cobb next week.

5. Paging Mr. Good Hands: Can't anybody on this team hold on to a punt? Tennessee's inability to successfully field a punt has grown farcical. But nobody on the coaching staff is laughing. Glue? Duct tape? Something's got to work.

- Mike Strange

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DenverVol writes:

Way to fix the FAIL Mike! I like #2 on this list. Would love to see us rush for some major yardage over the next two weeks to boost that average.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

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Way to fix the FAIL Mike! I like #2 on this list. Would love to see us rush for some major yardage over the next two weeks to boost that average.

I agree with you, pound the rock. However I do think the 118 rushing ypg could be a bit misleading. I'm betting our ypc avg is pretty good, Chaney just doesn't run the ball a ton of times. Poole has 100+ yds against Oregon, UT Martin, LSU, Bama, Memphis, and Ole' Miss. Poole is a beast.

Vols1998 writes:

According to your logic, then UT should when this game.....Nashville isn't what I would call an away game......we've owned that field for several years :)

GBO!!

tubavol writes:

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"ALL your former UT Grads working there"

That must be an awful big Wendy's if all of the UT Grads work there. How can they function as a fast food business with thousands and thousands of employees? I will take your advice and stop by tomorrow to see how this place operates.

UTSportsFanatic writes:

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And this relates to what happens on the football field in exactly what way, you idiot?

Futurecoach16 writes:

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Ok, I'll just tell my aeronautical engineer buddy, who got that degree from UT, that he's been failing to uphold his obligations at Wendy's. He must've been mistaken when he thought he works for NASA. Like another poster said, what does this have to do with football? You ready for another butt-whooping? Gonna be interesting to see what you have to say Sunday.

harleyln1956#415938 writes:

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You must have your teams crossed. UT is the best school and I wouldn't take my dog to a Vandy doctor. How can they call themselves a doctor? But hey at least we know what school is really on drugs and it isn't orange.

al2476 writes:

We might occupy Wendy's , but the Dores keep Centennial Park occupied with whatever you and your partner care to be doing.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

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FEAR THE DORES!!! I am scared to death........NOT!!! Give me a d@mn break!!!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

My prediction:

Vols 45
Vandy 14

FEAR THE 'DORES!!!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

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That is a distinct possibility, but I'm playing it safe..My husband would agree with the break fifty because he said 59-6..LOL!!!

volsalways writes:

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LOL! Dream on...

volsalways writes:

65-10 Big Orange!

volsportsfanatic writes:

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And Tyler "Clausen" Bray gets Freshman of the Week honors again for the 3rd straight week. But that doesn't really matter because it has been against teams that "don't count"! Although, how many freshman quarterbacks in the SEC have achieved that honor this year, and not to mention 2, possibly 3, weeks in a row. Wish I could be at this game! GBO!!

easleychuck writes:

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Stupid is, as Stupid does.

steelersman42 writes:

does anybody happen to have tickets for the game today? PLEASE!!!

VolinVirginia writes:

I know it's an old one, but here is the joke of the day:

How many Vandy grads does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: 101 - one to change the light bulb (taking about 20 minutes to do it) and the other 100 to pontificate that this Vandy grad changed that light bulb just as good - if not better - than any Ivy League grad.

djohnnyg writes:

What is the world coming to when Vanderbilt fans come on here talking smack. And not even a good Vandy team at that.

I can only guess that this is some satirical bit.

This guy can't be serious.

djohnnyg writes:

All you guys are lucky that Austin Peay is not in the SEC or else you'd all be crying for mommy after a humiliating loss in Clarksville.

"FEAR THE GOVS".

-and yes I'm joking.

wmainhotrods writes:

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f off

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