5 Big Things for Vols vs. Kentucky

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1. Pride of Alcoa: Kentucky's do-it-all Randall Cobb will be the best Cobb to play in Neyland Stadium since Reggie was running over and around people for the Vols in the late 1980s. As the cliche goes, the Vols won't stop the Alcoa alum, who leads the SEC in all-purpose yardage at 186 per game, but they better at least contain him. Cobb needs 264 all-purpose yards today to break the SEC season record.

2. The Streak Adds Up: Wildcats were seen wearing "517" T-shirts this week, which references the combined margin of Tennessee's 25 consecutive victories. Derek Dooley would be thrilled if the 2011 Wildcats are spotted in "518" T-shirts.

3. Home for the Holidays: Tennessee kept Kentucky from being bowl eligible five times during The Streak. Today, the Wildcats could turn the tables on the Vols. UT desperately wants a bowl bid to get the extra practice time and juice for recruiting season. Win and they're in. Lose and they're out for the third time in six years. The Vols haven't gone bowl-less three times in six years since 1975-80.

4. Hart Attack: Ryan Mallett is the only SEC quarterback with more touchdown passes and passing yardage than Kentucky's Mike Hartline going into the final weekend. The unsung Hartline has had a strong year and will be a test for Tennessee's pass defense, whose 16 interceptions rank third in the conference.

5. Chunks Welcome: Coaches love to see plays that make big yards and Tennessee has been getting its share of "chunk" plays. Although they rank only 76th nationally in total offense (360 yards a game), the Vols have 65 plays of 20-plus yards, the most since 2006. Even the 2007 SEC East title team had only 49 chunk plays.

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Comments » 26

Jediphysics writes:

c'mon Vols! We just CAN'T lose to Kentucky... I was in elementary school the last time that happened... I believe in you

britt writes:

Put Hartline on his back and establish Poole. Win the turnover battle and find ANYBODY who can catch a punt for us

TommyJack writes:

518? how so?

mdvol writes:

High scoring game.

Vols 45 - Cats 34

#26

The only "UT" to make a bowl game!

OrangePride writes:

The real game changers will, in my view, come down to 3 real issues:

1. Avoid costly turnovers (i.e. muffed punts, int's, etc.)
2. Maintain possession and keep Hartline/Cobb and company standing on the sidelines. First downs and a good running game will be needed...not throwing the ball all over the field.
3. When thowing, help Tyler Bray to play a "smart" game by using underneath plays, passes to folks like Rogers and Oku coming out of unlikely places, and line play that gives him at least some time to make good decisions.

GO VOLS!! MAKE IT 26!!!

PlaidinOrangeandWhite writes:

"Tennessee kept Kentucky from being bowl eligible five times during The Streak. Today, the Wildcats could turn the tables on the Vols."

O.K.; I am reading this on friday and I could have sworn the game was at noon on Saturday.

OrangePride writes:

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But you could win 27-26 and get the same result, no? +1

TommyJack writes:

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Makes sense now that I cogitate on it. duh

OrangePride writes:

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lol.....yes, me too....I'm almost mobile at this point...brain still on "stand down."

gnm53108 writes:

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It's a Maddenism.

The team that scores the most points will win....kinda funny it made #2.

ncvol17 writes:

Brother, the spectre of this game is BOO Scary this year isn't it? UK should win on paper, let's hope it's only on paper. GBO, beat the hated Cats. Now let's see, where's my lucky shirt?

tdvol1989 writes:

I don't care if we run or throw as long as we score. I think our defense plays better when the other offense is forcing it, which will happen if we keep putting points on the board.

I think the keys are avoiding the momentum swinging turnovers (punts & in the red zone), and 3rd down defense. And, I am more concerned with the trick plays and Cobb/Wildcat type of plays to convert 3rd downs. We cannot let KY convert 3rd and long with gimmick plays. It will take the heart out of the defense and keep them on the field. So, on 3rd down, find Cobb (lesson learned from South Carolina).

I really hope this is not a tight game with the Vols up by 3 or 4 late in the 4th and KY with the ball. I don't know if I can take it again. Let's have a runaway win and close out the regular season with the kind of win that will generate "New Commitment" articles instead of "Struggling Tyler Bray - after 1 so-so game" articles.

FWBVol writes:

The 517 is the total margin of victory for UT during the 25-game streak. So thus CDD would be happy to get that number to 518 be it by a score of 7-6, 21-20, 42-41 etc.

For the most part this season has gone as expected. We've won the games we thought we would and lost the games we were supposed to lose. Yes, the LSU game hurts, but this team has rebounded well in November.

No other Tennessee squad has gone through what this team has having to learn their third systems in three years.

Hopefully we can fight through adversity one more time and get win number six tomorrow. But even if the Wildcats end the streak I believe the future is bright for the Vols.

Most of our starters return on offense and defense. We've got a gun slinger for a QB and coaches that have shown they are willing to spread the field with a group of wide receivers that could be the best in the SEC next year.

As always, It's great to be a Tennessee Vol!

codybain13 writes:

i hope they dont wear 518 shirts next year, cause that would mean we only scored 1 point...i really dont think the writers on here know a single thing about football.

Catchone writes:

Boy!, Adams sure likes to stir up and confuse the hillybillies. I'm surprised he didn't recommend breaking out the black uniforms.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Normally, I'd say some flattering things about the UK program, as they have been to several bowls the last few years. They are a much-improved football team. but b/c of the trolls who come on here and say the junk they do, it's really hard for me to compliment them after all.

GBO!!

ncvol17 writes:

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i hope they dont wear 518 shirts next year, cause that would mean we only scored 1 point...i really dont think the writers on here know a single thing about football.

I guess this proves: 1]the term Margin of Victory confuses you or 2] you don't read any replies to the articles in order to clarify or refocus your thoughts.3]you think you know more football than you actually do 4]KNS does know more football than you do

orangecountyvols writes:

The 5 big things:

1. Be polite when U K fans pass through the gates,
hand out free boxes of kleenix
2. Have ushers distribute cotton balls to anyone in
blue...........unless they really want to hear
Rocky Top hundreds of times
3. Don't be rude to Randall Cobb since he's a born
and raised Tennessee boy, and help him back up
after Malik Jackson floors him for no gain
4. Hum My Ole' Kentucky Home a couple of times to be
polite and so Catscratchinghimself will hear a
bit of a recognizable tune..........just for the
U K trolls who made the trip..........
5. Finally, thank them for #26 and wish them a safe
trip home.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

The 5 big things:

1. Be polite when U K fans pass through the gates,
hand out free boxes of kleenix
2. Have ushers distribute cotton balls to anyone in
blue...........unless they really want to hear
Rocky Top hundreds of times
3. Don't be rude to Randall Cobb since he's a born
and raised Tennessee boy, and help him back up
after Malik Jackson floors him for no gain
4. Hum My Ole' Kentucky Home a couple of times to be
polite and so Catscratchinghimself will hear a
bit of a recognizable tune..........just for the
U K trolls who made the trip..........
5. Finally, thank them for #26 and wish them a safe
trip home.

have to agree w/every one! GBO!!

gnm53108 writes:

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Haha

Thats a good one.

Maybe that should be #3 in this article.

mercyseat writes:

If we just had an offensive line that could open holes for poole and give Bray an extra 2 seconds to throw, that would be wonderful. But, I'd settle for special teams to be well, special, and score some points as well as our defense
creating turnovers and scoring."Lord" we need help! GBO! Neuter those Mildkats!!!!

TKO writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Makes sense now that I cogitate on it. duh

well said

Juzkruzin writes:

Just think had Fulmer offered him a scholarship, instead of wanting him to walk on we all would be rooting for Cobb tomorrow, instead of having our hearts in our throats every time he touches the ball. I think the biggest thing to do for us to win is to stop Cobb when he goes into the Wildcat. He can pass (a former OB who ran an option offense) and he can pass as good as Hartline, who also can run the ball. I hope CDD gives someone a mirror when either Cobb or Hartline is at QB and hope it isn't a one way mirror and we get it turned around to the I don't see anything side and I hope we don't forget they have a pretty good running back that loves to use the cut back if we don't stay at home and let him get away from an arm slap by the DE that over pursues the play and lets him get outside and into our secondary for 8-10 yards when we have them at 3rd and 5-8 to go, because he will burn us there for sure and I would say Cobb will run the end around a few times along with their tight end who can run this play pretty well himself. This game scares the hell outta me and I have a bad gut feeling about the final outcome.

DannyVol writes:

Why not 25, as in 25 years? Maybe the KY players can get math class credit if they figure out the average margin. Let's make it 567 for next year, Big Orange!!!

RespectTradition writes:

I miss the Beer Barrel. :-(

Why they gotta go mess with traditions just to be PC?

Anyway. Go Big Orange! Let's see how many ways there are to skin a cat! 26, anyone?

Go Vols!

VOLinMAHWAH writes:

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517 = total margin of victory COMBINED over the last 25 years. If we WIN by only one point, that would be 518 total combined margin of victory, not total score!!

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