5 Big Things to beat Florida

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1. Make it a Rivalry: Florida has won five in a row since Urban Meyer took over the program and the past three games haven’t been close. Meyer’s assertion that the Vols were essentially playing to avoid a blowout last year in a 23-13 game rings true enough to hurt.

2. 7-10 Split?: Seventh-ranked Oregon, then No. 10 Florida. Never before have two top-10 opponents visited Neyland Stadium on consecutive Saturdays. Oregon’s 48-13 romp was the Vols’ worst home loss since Shields-Watkins Field opened in 1921. What’s the encore?

3. Finish the Fight: Tennessee battled a superior Oregon team on even terms into the third quarter. But when adversity struck, the Vols didn’t strike back. Oregon won the fourth quarter 21-0. UT has to learn from that lesson and take the battle to the Gators for 60 minutes.

4. Return Burn: Tennessee hasn’t returned a kickoff or punt for a score since Oct. 30, 2004. In the nearly six seasons since, the Vols have given up 10 return touchdowns — seven on punts and three on kickoffs. As a two-touchdown underdog Tennessee has to make the return scores to have a chance, not allow them. Florida’s Brandon James, who annually tormented the Vols, is gone but NCAA sprint champion Jeff Demps is trouble.

5. Car Poole: Tauren Poole has been UT’s one reliable weapon but the junior tailback can’t drive the ball alone against the Gators. He needs his buddies in the passing game — Luke Stocker, Da’Rick Rogers, Justin Hunter, Denarius Moore — to step up and make plays. Who wants to hop in and go along for the ride?

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rockitwithrespect writes:

GO VOLS!!!

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

About #5. Tauren's buddies will step it up as long as the quarterback will throw them a catchable ball.

#6. Tauren Poole for Hesiman

VOLS....TCB...KOKO...BEAT the gators....GBO!!!!

VolBlitz writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Well said CC.

Our No. 1 are good, our No. 3 are good, we just have no No. 2's.

VolBlitz writes:

forgot to say,

Matt Simms is not a SEC quarterback. Not meant to be a knock on Matt, he's doing the best he can. Unfortunately for Vol fans it's nowhere near good enough. No doubt Worley will be our QB next year unless Tyler makes some huge strides.

jobrando#216494 writes:

HOW ABOUT FIELD POSITION. KICK IT INTO THE ENDZONE AND PUNT IT 45 YARDS. TIRED OF THE OPPOSITION STARTING ON THE FORTY.

volcycle writes:

"10 touchdown returns since 2004 by our opponents." I've heard that the ball we use is not a good one for the kicking game. That could explain the low trajectory and successful returns by the other team. Anyone else read about this?

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to VolBlitz:

forgot to say,

Matt Simms is not a SEC quarterback. Not meant to be a knock on Matt, he's doing the best he can. Unfortunately for Vol fans it's nowhere near good enough. No doubt Worley will be our QB next year unless Tyler makes some huge strides.

Look for Tyler to start the UAB game if Matt has a bad day. If this happens winning 6 may be pushing it. I'm hoping Matt gets his feet and eyes working and beats Florida.

oskie_score writes:

Know, understand, and carryout your assignment...trust in your teammates to do the same.

Focus, be disciplined, & execute.

volman91 writes:

Did last year teach you nay sayers nothing? At least wait until mid season to pass judgment on our young QB. I am no kool-aid drinker but complaining about the team’s current status can only serve to create unnecessary negativity. Win or lose support our players.
GO VOLS

TommyJack writes:

Let's play the game anyway...just for the hell of it.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Matt Simms is SEC caliber, but it takes more than that to beat Fla. or Alabama. We will not upset either Fla. or Ala. - 4 losses is very respectable for this team and we will be winners. We don't have to beat Ore., Fla. or Ala. to be a winning team. Not many teams beat those guys.

Go Vols!!

OrangePride writes:

Mike, the keys to victory are more fundamental than what you have here. 1. Avoid the big play! We can't have huge plays for scores because beyond the points, they are demoralizing for both players and fans. 2. Control the Clock. Keep our offense on the field grinding out first downs. 3. Keep Simms from having to win the game. It's got to be a great OL and execution so that Simms can throw when the defense is giving that to us...not because we're behind. 4. Maintain focus and intensity for 60 minutes! Some breaks will go against us....that means up the intensity, not sit down and get dejected. 5. Use the crowd energy! I'm certain the Big Orange Nation will be there in strong voice. Feed off one another and let Florida feel the heat. Now GO VOLS BEAT DEM GATORS!!

OrangePride writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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The OL won't have to block 8 if and when Simms gets the combination right to throw to Stocker in the seam down the middle. THEN the safeties and corners will have to play like DB's and not extra linebackers. He's got the arm, we've seen that. It's the confidence and accuracy that's at question. If you throw that ball high, it's comin' back.....count on it! (which is probably why Dooley seems to have ripped that play out of the book.) GO VOLS!

HtownVol writes:

I keep seeing SO MANY "UT fans" be so negative about this game.

What happened?

The worst 2 quarters in Neyland Stadium history, yeah I saw it but that does not take away the 2 quarters before that when UT went blow for blow with possibly one of the best teams in the country.

I dont care about depth. If Tauren poole can run for 4 quarters the way he did in the 1st last week and Simms can forget about his ill-advised int then UT can play keep away from UF.

Remeber that UF has not looked very good against below average teams. They have not seen a defense like UTs. Honestly the only player that can beat UT is Demps. Keep Demps from setting the edge and we have a very good chance.

Lay off Simms. I aw what happened after the int, but before that he threw very accurate and had a lot of power in his throws. D Moore dropped one big pass that was right in his hands. If the WRs can catch the ball to keep Simms momentum up Simms is very capable of leading UT to a W.

Come on UT fans!

Do what it takes to have Neyland ROCKING like it was in the 1st 30 minutes last week!

GO VOLS!

jbocap writes:

Looking forward to this game....and the fans need to be LOUD LOUD LOUD!!!!! Let's go VOLS...play tough, play smart and lets prove we can win!!!!

Fla_Vol writes:

The defense needs to key on their center, Pouncy,His snaps become very erratic when pressured. 13 mishaps between center and QB in the opener against Miami of Ohio.He settled down against South Florida because of no pressure.

By the way, how many of you know that they placed an orange letter "T" in their urinals this week for motiviation.

With that said what other motivation do we need to beat their AXX.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

Who wants to hop in? Zach Rogers is definitely in that group.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Let's play the game anyway...just for the hell of it.

I with you there, TJ!!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

I hope the overrated D. Moore will run his routes PAST the first down markers this week. I recall at least twice he ran down and out routes on 3rd down that were one or two yards short of the first down markers. A senior does not do that.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

This being week 3 Chaney would be smart to give the gators offense they haven't been watching film on all week..His play calling is pretty predictable so far..how about some Play action;roll out;throw more on first down when the whole defense is looking for a run to Poole.open it up and roll the dice;after 5 losses what have we got to lose..Try a halfback pass even..Traps;draws;screens and short passing game isn't got beat the gator defense!!

volfan8#549730 writes:

Ok Guys let's get loud!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to volfan8#549730:

Ok Guys let's get loud!

I will get loud in my living room and the neighbors will hear me.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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For once, I agree with you, CC!!!

516milesfromUT writes:

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usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to jbocap:

Looking forward to this game....and the fans need to be LOUD LOUD LOUD!!!!! Let's go VOLS...play tough, play smart and lets prove we can win!!!!

they need to be LOUD LOUD LOUD and STAY STAY STAY

516milesfromUT writes:

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UR MOM!

murrayvol writes:

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Urban being crazy as hell kind of evens things out.

Break out the the plastic jacket if the Vols cover or, be still my heart, win.

Vol_FAN_atic writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

I hope the overrated D. Moore will run his routes PAST the first down markers this week. I recall at least twice he ran down and out routes on 3rd down that were one or two yards short of the first down markers. A senior does not do that.

You obviously are merely a bystander when it comes to football. Did you ever play? Didnt think so!

That is the typical route on a 3rd and long. Your route is just underneath the coverage. You hope the WR makes a play for the extra 2 to 3 yards.

It still amazes me to see how many of you here bash the program and seem to know everything about the game. Most of you know only what you watch on TV or hear on sports radio!

OrangePsyched writes:

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I have to say that it is a mismatch. Urbie is a mental deficient..a walking timebomb. He will go the way of Woody Hayes on day. I mean just completely lose it. It will be one of those scenes that will toy with my emotions for him. Should I feel sorry for him or just laugh. As Doc said in Tombstone..."he's a little high strung". Meyer is about as stable as our economy. The first nail will be driven in Saturday. ROCKY TOP!

TKO writes:

Need the tight end play to step up and special teams. Offense must allow the defense to rest.

Bleedsgreen writes:

I focused my energy on the Brando thread but felt compelled to comment on the main thread for this week's game.

Top 5 keys for UT fans:

1. Why so negative? Believe it or not my Ducks just may be as fast and explosive as they looked once the jabbing was over and we recovered from some roundhouses from your stud RB Poole. No one plays faster than Oregon on offense.

2. I will admit some fans and players may have checked out after the punt return to go up four TDs but before that what I saw (seen the tape 3 times now btw) was UT still competing. Don't let last week underscore the effort that was there.

3. Bring the same intensity this Saturday as last and I have no doubt the game will be close entering the 4th. The key is to take advantage of Florida's sluggish start and translate them into sevens and not threes.

3. Scream your heads off! Minus the knee jerk supporters and haters of UT, I've enjoyed my time reading this cool site. Please know I'll be rooting for you all here in Oregon.

4. If Simms can improve on reading coverages and moving DBs instead of encouraging them to the location of his interest, Poole is a stud RB; Vol's O doesn't have to be an automatic liability.

5. Go Vols! UT: 27 UF: 21

dtennessee#235123 writes:

TEN RETURN TOUCHDOWNS !!!!!!!!

I just threw up my coffee.

516milesfromUT writes:

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I thoght the last word was iffy. Sorry site staff

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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just stating the facts. we are 2 yrs from being competitive. Tennesse football is not currently competitive. I would like to beat the Packers, too, but wishing and hoping doesn't make it true. Being realistic is a little different from being a pessimist. Look it up in Webster's.

jcp201 writes:

Don't leave the stadium, stick with your team and be the 12 man on the field.

BeRealistic writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

just stating the facts. we are 2 yrs from being competitive. Tennesse football is not currently competitive. I would like to beat the Packers, too, but wishing and hoping doesn't make it true. Being realistic is a little different from being a pessimist. Look it up in Webster's.

For once I agree with you JH. I have been a real VOL fan since the 50's (single wing football). I have been through our good & bad years. This is gonna be a year in which we have to improve our depth & experience. We should see improvement in our last 4 games.

hikerdude writes:

What a nothing article. The author might as well have advised UT to score more points than Fla.

Shake_Bake writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

HOW ABOUT FIELD POSITION. KICK IT INTO THE ENDZONE AND PUNT IT 45 YARDS. TIRED OF THE OPPOSITION STARTING ON THE FORTY.

Excellent Point!!

Shake_Bake writes:

in response to VolBlitz:

forgot to say,

Matt Simms is not a SEC quarterback. Not meant to be a knock on Matt, he's doing the best he can. Unfortunately for Vol fans it's nowhere near good enough. No doubt Worley will be our QB next year unless Tyler makes some huge strides.

I hope the coaches can work with Matt and get him to the point where he no longer stares down his primary receiver! That is his biggest flaw, and now everyone in the world knows it, especially the other team!! Matt has to work hard, and try to improve on this.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to 516milesfromUT:

I thoght the last word was iffy. Sorry site staff

LOL

Smokey_Told_Me writes:

We are going to see a measure of CDD as a head coach today. We will see how well he can take a team out of the "wood shed" and remotivate them to play, win or loose, with pride and intensity.

If our Vols play the entire 60 minutes, win or loose, with the said pride and intensity, then I say that CDD has improved this team.

Smokey wants to remind everyone that "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight inside of the dog."

Go Big Orange.

...Smokey knows where the bones are buried.

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