5 Big Things for Vols vs. Georgia

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1. Underdawg? Big Deal: Being an underdog in Sanford Stadium hasn’t exactly been the kiss of death for Tennessee. The Vols won (51-33) as dogs in 2006 and (19-14) in 2004. Way back in 1992, an underdog win (34-31) by interim coach Phillip Fulmer was another brick in the wall of a coaching change.

2. More Blessed to Receive: Forget giving. In the past two games the Vols have been taking and thus turned the turnover margin around. UT’s offense has avoided a turnover since Florida and the Vols are plus-5 in that span after a four-takeaway day at LSU. Matt Simms has a streak of 73 pass attempts without a pick.

3. Shrinking Offense: There’s a trend that needs to be stopped. The Vols’ offensive yardage has shrunk every week: 537 vs. UT Martin; 333 vs. Oregon; 288 vs. Florida; 287 vs. UAB; 217 vs. LSU. Georgia is allowing 324 yards per game. That’s a goal to aim for today.

4. Then There Were Two: If Dallas Thomas (ankle) doesn’t play today, the Vols are down to only two of their five opening-day offensive linemen, Jarrod Shaw and Ju’Wuan James, and they’ll both be playing new positions. Yikes. James will flip from right tackle to the left side, Shaw will slide from guard to right tackle and right guard Zach Fulton will become the third true freshman starter. Darrin Gooch will make his fourth start at center, James Stone his third at guard.

5. Bag of Chips: Tennessee has 15 scholarship players from the state of Georgia. Some of them grew up dreaming of being a Bulldog, but weren’t asked. Others want to keep the barking from folks back home at a minimum. Either way, that’s 15 Vols who should have a chip on their shoulder and play accordingly.

— Mike Strange

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Witch_Doctors writes:

#6 Witch Doctors ghost say take out anger on puppy dogs.
Bones never die.

VOLinAthensGA writes:

Go Vols!!! I am 6 miles from the Stadium. Can't wait for kickoff!!!!! We can win this!

crimsonviper writes:

Big game for both programs...Vols by 10
Free WD!

UTbassdrummer writes:

I want us to just unleash hell this week. I know that our issues are still real, but we have shown that we can bring it. Now, let's bring it. And keep it there for 60 minutes.

tovolny writes:

Has anyone else out there, fans or coaches, observed Luke Stocker just mailing it in? He does not play like he is committed to the situation. This is strange because where he goes in the draft will probably be determined by how well he plays this year. Carl Perkins and Kelly Washington, seemed to me, to just be filling out the uniform when they were seniors, but stocker has not built up that much stock. Can anyone remember seeing Luke ever jumping or streching out to make a play. It is obvious that he is afraid to go across the middle. He sticks up one hand sometimes which reminds me of playing pickup ball in the backyard. He being the one who just happens by and dosn't want to get his pants dirty. We bound to have a tight end who is not a sissy...play a true freshman and let Stocker be safe for about a sixth round pick. HAS ANYONE ELSE SENSED THIS?

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

not good news and there is a reason the Vols are underdogs by 11 pts. Not much chance for us in Athens this yr.

UGA 31
UT 21

madcountyvol writes:

in response to VandyGrad:

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Yeah and you said we didn't have a chance last week. Why don't you go post on a vandy site, loser.

jjsteel writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

#6 Witch Doctors ghost say take out anger on puppy dogs.
Bones never die.

I agree Doc...this will be Coach Dooleys first SEC win.

jjsteel writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

not good news and there is a reason the Vols are underdogs by 11 pts. Not much chance for us in Athens this yr.

UGA 31
UT 21

Go play your drums in a closet.

mdvol writes:

Vols have Georgia's number. Hate to see it for Richt but it is what it is.

Vols 28-13.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.
.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Good Omen: While my husband was working today, he found a rug with a ripped Smokey relieving himself on a UGA helmet....I vaccuumed it and it looks really good...Just for fun, we step on it every time we walk in the door..OF ALL WEEKS TO FIND THAT RUG!!!

Anyway, I will stick with my original prediction of 24-17 in favor of the Vols.

GBO!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to VandyGrad:

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going to have to be soddydaisygrad if you fail on your prediction

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to kcsbigorng:

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Yeah..he drinks orange-flavored KoolAid with a little "kick" to it!!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

I would feel more confident if our Oline wasn't 3 freshman and a not so good juco center..I give them kudos for effort but the lack of experience;injuries and position changes partly explains the decrease in offensive production..We got a lot of turnovers at LSU but I don't recall getting even a FG in return..I watched the 2nd half of GA vs COL. and the buffs ran a similar spread option much like Oregon..GA defense didn't deal with it any better than we did..Chaneys vanilla;run straight at ya offense only works okay with a well executing Oline..Personally Iam hoping for a DTD or 2 to get this win..With each game there is new hope!!Also is it too much to ask KNS to give more in depth injury reports???We are down to zero depth on lineman;Is anyone returning??Specifically Cody Pope??

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to jjsteel:

Go play your drums in a closet.

jjtinfoil, if we say something you disagree with then you degrade them or call them trolls. I seem to recall you picked UT to beat Oregon and Fla. also. I am a big UT fan, but we don't have it this yr, Sorry you don't want to hear that UGA will prevail. That's your problem.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

I would feel more confident if our Oline wasn't 3 freshman and a not so good juco center..I give them kudos for effort but the lack of experience;injuries and position changes partly explains the decrease in offensive production..We got a lot of turnovers at LSU but I don't recall getting even a FG in return..I watched the 2nd half of GA vs COL. and the buffs ran a similar spread option much like Oregon..GA defense didn't deal with it any better than we did..Chaneys vanilla;run straight at ya offense only works okay with a well executing Oline..Personally Iam hoping for a DTD or 2 to get this win..With each game there is new hope!!Also is it too much to ask KNS to give more in depth injury reports???We are down to zero depth on lineman;Is anyone returning??Specifically Cody Pope??

A couple of defensive TD's is a definite possibility because we forced 4 turnovers in the LSU game..If we do that in the UGA game, then we win.period.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

We all have our own prediction of the game tomorrow, but NONE of them are guarantees..They are just opinions, so let's not read too much into them.

ChuyitoDawg writes:

5 keys for the Dawgs to get the W

1. AJ Green. That's it. GET HIM THE BALL, that simple. I will let you in on a secret. Look for bubble screens and AJ returning punts. You heard it here first.

2. Run Game. This is the game that UGA's O-line will finally show up. #3 and #4 will run up and down the field because UT will be too concerned with AJ and Durham. Durham is still 50/50 but will probably play.

3. DEFENSE. Our D better get after the inexperience that UT has with their O-line. Different blitz packages to keep the young line guessing and keep Simms running for his life everytime he thinks about dropping back. Got to stop this Poole kid, I really like him and he could give us a hard time on D. Stuff the box and let Simms beat you.

4. Special Teams. Boykin is always capable of taking one to the house and is always capable of giving us good field position. AJ will return some punts, dude is really good with an open field in front of him. We have two of the best kickers in the country. Walsh is clutch on the FG game and Butler was the best punter in the country last year.

5. New UGA. Our new mascot will have a heck of a debut. This team will play as if their heads are on fire. This a desperate team with a very motivated coaching staff.

This should be one heck of a game. UT is a team that has been getting better every week. Our issues have been well documented but this is the game our team finally busts out. Good luck and hope you enjoy it.

GO DAWGS!!!!

MarbleCitySon writes:

in response to VandyGrad:

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Vanderbilt is the worst football program in modern history. They haven't won consecutive games in a coon's age. They should join the Big East so they might be able to gain some semblance of relevance. I do appreciate the way they like to come out and play extra hard against Tennessee and wish and hope. And while they did win in, what 05 or 06? A broken clock is right twice a day. Ultimately though, they should just be ashamed that they will never be more than an afterthought in the SEC.

rkw2 writes:

in response to VandyGrad:

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...and this coming from someone whose team lost to UConn...?

DannyVol writes:

Quit all your belly-aching, UT fans. So what if we are in a down-cycle? It happens and it'll happen again -- just like big wins and championships. This is Tennessee. Just like every other SEC team, we go through droughts. Many people look at Alabama right now and see a permanent, unbeatable force...but it hasn't been that long since we owned them. And before that, they owned us. Again, it's called a cycle - I'm just glad we are one of the teams that actually rises well above mediocrity for periods of time.

In the meantime, our boys still wear orange and a "T" on the side of their helmets just like they did in 1998. While we might not have a Johnny Majors, a Reggie White, or a Peyton Manning on this roster, the players we do have are busting their tails and deserve our appreciation for doing so. I don't know how some of you can continue claiming to be fans after the comments you make. If anything ever made me so utterly miserable and contrary, I think I would find something else to occupy my time.

In less than eight hours we play a 1-4 Georgia team that's favored by 11 points. Those odds should tell you something about the state of the program without too much analysis...because most of us know how we got to this point. With that in mind, it's nearly amazing that our coaches can put together a two-deep to compete with right now. What Dooley and company inherited is not their fault. The fact that we can compete at the level we have so far this season should show every Vol fan with a lick of sense that Dooley is doing a good job. Is he the "future" of the program? Maybe, maybe not. But he's a good "present" for sure, especially considering everything that needs to be fixed.

So, instead of complaining about everything we should look at the steps and efforts being made to get us out of this hole. We will get out of this hole eventually, but when that time comes it will be much more gratifying if we can honestly say that we were loyal UT fans the entire time.

OTPVol writes:

in response to ChuyitoDawg:

5 keys for the Dawgs to get the W

1. AJ Green. That's it. GET HIM THE BALL, that simple. I will let you in on a secret. Look for bubble screens and AJ returning punts. You heard it here first.

2. Run Game. This is the game that UGA's O-line will finally show up. #3 and #4 will run up and down the field because UT will be too concerned with AJ and Durham. Durham is still 50/50 but will probably play.

3. DEFENSE. Our D better get after the inexperience that UT has with their O-line. Different blitz packages to keep the young line guessing and keep Simms running for his life everytime he thinks about dropping back. Got to stop this Poole kid, I really like him and he could give us a hard time on D. Stuff the box and let Simms beat you.

4. Special Teams. Boykin is always capable of taking one to the house and is always capable of giving us good field position. AJ will return some punts, dude is really good with an open field in front of him. We have two of the best kickers in the country. Walsh is clutch on the FG game and Butler was the best punter in the country last year.

5. New UGA. Our new mascot will have a heck of a debut. This team will play as if their heads are on fire. This a desperate team with a very motivated coaching staff.

This should be one heck of a game. UT is a team that has been getting better every week. Our issues have been well documented but this is the game our team finally busts out. Good luck and hope you enjoy it.

GO DAWGS!!!!

I didn't think the LegHumper 8 debuted until next week?

OTPVol writes:

Regardless, I live down here, have some great buddies who are Dawg fans, my blood will ALWAYS run orange, it should be a good game. GBO!!! (I just hate having to start drinking so early in the day).

757vol_fanatic writes:

in response to VandyGrad:

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We can't possibly have the wrost offense in the SEC while Vandy is still around.

BTW you lost too Northwestern (unranked), LSU, and UCONN(unranked).

We lost too Oregon (#3), Florida (14), LSU (#12).

Oh and if you take away Simms 181 yards against UTM he's still better than your offense. Enjoy playing eastern michigan today it should be a good competitive game, considering they are winless and all.

CCLC writes:

Get the Picture! It's a Saturday afternoon Between the Hedges. Georgia versus Tennessee. Georgia coach Mark Richt leads a pack of hungry junkyard dawgs into The Hedges to do battle with some tired bluetick coonhounds. But as any Southern boy will tell you, a Knoxville hound dog has a tough old hide and can bite just about as hard as any Bulldog. Russ is leading his final charge as the temporary Georgia mascot because his nephew will be introduced at next weeks homecoming. Both dogs will be looking for their first SEC win, with today's game serving as a springboard into the win column for the rest of the season. Papa Dooley will be watching this one from the couch at home, when his young pup Derrick tries to lead a battered Vol army into the hedges. Depth could be an issue for today's early afternoon kickoff. For the first time since opening day the Dawgs have their full contingent of running backs and all O lineman are playing in their proper spot in the trenches. Today marks the first time in history that a Georgia Coaches bride will be wearing the opposing team colors. Miss Barbara has been absent all week from her usual activities in Athens Town. Whichever dog wins---- the victory will only be half as sweet for the former First Ladydawg. However, never come between a Momma and her young and Miss Barbara will be cheering for Precious and none in the stands should be offended. This game on the gridiron will be a close one, but the Dawgs will have more ammunition than the Vols today. In a close one...Dawgs 27 - Vols 21.
just sayin'

757vol_fanatic writes:

in response to VandyGrad:

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this is the 2nd post you've made about Tennessee having 5 sacks, what you are leaving out is that Vandy also only has 5 sacks.

What you're leaving out is that Vandy has played far worse talent, the also only have 4 picks compared to Tenns 6.

Oh and until Vandy beats Tenn you really don't matter, maybe you should join a chess debate forum.

volfan#207874 writes:

in response to DannyVol:

Quit all your belly-aching, UT fans. So what if we are in a down-cycle? It happens and it'll happen again -- just like big wins and championships. This is Tennessee. Just like every other SEC team, we go through droughts. Many people look at Alabama right now and see a permanent, unbeatable force...but it hasn't been that long since we owned them. And before that, they owned us. Again, it's called a cycle - I'm just glad we are one of the teams that actually rises well above mediocrity for periods of time.

In the meantime, our boys still wear orange and a "T" on the side of their helmets just like they did in 1998. While we might not have a Johnny Majors, a Reggie White, or a Peyton Manning on this roster, the players we do have are busting their tails and deserve our appreciation for doing so. I don't know how some of you can continue claiming to be fans after the comments you make. If anything ever made me so utterly miserable and contrary, I think I would find something else to occupy my time.

In less than eight hours we play a 1-4 Georgia team that's favored by 11 points. Those odds should tell you something about the state of the program without too much analysis...because most of us know how we got to this point. With that in mind, it's nearly amazing that our coaches can put together a two-deep to compete with right now. What Dooley and company inherited is not their fault. The fact that we can compete at the level we have so far this season should show every Vol fan with a lick of sense that Dooley is doing a good job. Is he the "future" of the program? Maybe, maybe not. But he's a good "present" for sure, especially considering everything that needs to be fixed.

So, instead of complaining about everything we should look at the steps and efforts being made to get us out of this hole. We will get out of this hole eventually, but when that time comes it will be much more gratifying if we can honestly say that we were loyal UT fans the entire time.

Most intelligent and discerning post that I have read in weeks, if not months. I have been blessed to have been able to follow the Vols for about 70 years, and I have seen lean times before, but like Venus we will rise again, as we have on numerous occasion in the past. GBO

volfan#207874 writes:

in response to VandyGrad:

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Wow! And this coming from a Vandy grad? Go back to elementary school and please learn how to spell words correctly. Just saying, GBO

psychovol2 writes:

in response to ChuyitoDawg:

5 keys for the Dawgs to get the W

1. AJ Green. That's it. GET HIM THE BALL, that simple. I will let you in on a secret. Look for bubble screens and AJ returning punts. You heard it here first.

2. Run Game. This is the game that UGA's O-line will finally show up. #3 and #4 will run up and down the field because UT will be too concerned with AJ and Durham. Durham is still 50/50 but will probably play.

3. DEFENSE. Our D better get after the inexperience that UT has with their O-line. Different blitz packages to keep the young line guessing and keep Simms running for his life everytime he thinks about dropping back. Got to stop this Poole kid, I really like him and he could give us a hard time on D. Stuff the box and let Simms beat you.

4. Special Teams. Boykin is always capable of taking one to the house and is always capable of giving us good field position. AJ will return some punts, dude is really good with an open field in front of him. We have two of the best kickers in the country. Walsh is clutch on the FG game and Butler was the best punter in the country last year.

5. New UGA. Our new mascot will have a heck of a debut. This team will play as if their heads are on fire. This a desperate team with a very motivated coaching staff.

This should be one heck of a game. UT is a team that has been getting better every week. Our issues have been well documented but this is the game our team finally busts out. Good luck and hope you enjoy it.

GO DAWGS!!!!

Very respectful post and I appreciate that. Nevertheless, GA is desperate as evidenced by Richt running out in front of the team. I wouldn't be surprised to see black shirts as well. I'm afraid UGA is on the way down just like UT was during the last decade and the Vols are on the way up under Ga's favorite son. I'm not going to make a prediction in this game because there are too many wild cards; namely young men's emotions after bitter dissapointments. Good luck to you and enjoy if you can.

I enjoyed 60 minutes of the LSU game but that untimed down was a bugger.

CoverOrange writes:

1. Georgia is getting players back on the field while we are losing them. ad Ga.
2. Georgia's defense is not nearly as good as LSU's but their offense is not nearly as bad as LSU's either. Push.
3. Mark Richt won't have Les Miles luck but he will have the brains Les misplaced. Push.
4. We are wearing orange pants. Ugh. Ad Ga.
5. Tauren Poole will make those short yardage plays against Georgia's 3-4 defense. ad Tn.
6. Palardy shows why it was a big deal to sign him.

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