John Adams: Schedule encouraging for UT

John Adams

Tennessee won't win a bowl game this week. And there's no hint of a five-star running back suddenly becoming infatuated with the Vols.

But the last week of December is still a huge upgrade over the last week of November. You don't have to look hard at the SEC's newly released 2012 football schedule to appreciate that.

LSU is off UT's schedule and nightmare list. Arkansas is gone, too — a welcome victim of conference expansion in Tennessee's case.

Mississippi State will take LSU's place in the non-divisional rotation. So what if UT has to play the Bulldogs on their home field. That's better than having to play LSU anywhere.

Missouri will make its first trip to Neyland Stadium as a new member of the SEC. Better Missouri than Arkansas, which, if not for expansion, would have been back on UT's schedule.

The most obvious benefit of the schedule: fewer sure losses.

When you looked ahead to the 2011 season, there was no reason to believe that even under the most bizarre circumstances UT could beat Alabama, Arkansas or LSU. Those games played out just as expected: Opponents 124, Vols 20.

Contrast that with the new schedule. Only Alabama looms as a certain defeat. If you asked "What about Georgia," you haven't been paying attention.

The Bulldogs have all the makings of a top-10 team with plenty of prominent players returning and another accommodating schedule, which won't include Alabama, LSU or Arkansas from the West. But despite their back-to-back victories over the Vols, the Bulldogs have had too many recent mishaps in the series to assume they won't play their worst game of the season against Tennessee.

And the Vols at their best could beat the Bulldogs at their worst.

Another favorable aspect of UT's next conference schedule: the October workload has been reduced considerably. Moving Georgia to the last week of September is a plus. So is the Oct. 6 open date, which will give the Vols a week off before they take on Mississippi State, Alabama and South Carolina in succession.

If you go through the conference schedule one Saturday at a time, you can find more subtle advantages for Tennessee.

The week before it opens the conference season against Florida, it will play Georgia State. Florida will play at Texas A&M the week before it plays at Neyland Stadium.

The week before Georgia, UT will play Akron. The week before UT, Georgia will play Vanderbilt.

The Vols will have two weeks to prepare for Mississippi State, which will play at Kentucky the Saturday before it plays UT.

Alabama will play at Missouri before playing at Neyland Stadium. South Carolina will play back-to-back road games against LSU and Florida before playing UT at Williams-Brice Stadium. Missouri will play at Florida the Saturday before coming to Knoxville. UT will warm up for Missouri with a home game against Troy.

No SEC schedule is easy, especially for a UT program that is 11-21 in the conference the last four seasons. But this schedule is at least easier than the ones that have helped turn its program topsy-turvy.

The Vols haven't won more than seven games since 2007. This schedule will give them a chance to do just that.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns

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iowavol writes:

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say its evident that Adams drew the short straw and had to cover all week. Witch Doctor say Adams pays....we all pay. Witch Doctor say cheer up Adams Grinch.
Bones never lie.

movol77 writes:

Venom. Snide. Slanted.

Good grief, what's left for JA to write? "Ok, let me be completely forth right; I despise UT."

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say its evident that Adams drew the short straw and had to cover all week. Witch Doctor say Adams pays....we all pay. Witch Doctor say cheer up Adams Grinch.
Bones never lie.

Witchy and fellow Vols,

I may have told you this........I emailed Adams and told him he was on a roll at year's end with his sarcastic reporting of Tennessee Sports.

He replied..........."I like to finish strong."

What a jerk

born2ride writes:

We beat Akron, Georgia State and Troy.

Every other game is a possible loss with Dooley as coach. <-- Just Fact

tnsportsman writes:

The Schedule for 2012 does not matter, Dooley win 8 or 9 games or ELSE! No excuses, lack of talent, youth and all the other BS! Just Do It, WIN!

GO VOLS ALWAYS!

tovolny writes:

We don't need John Adams heading up a pitty-party. Our present team may lack a desire to excel, and a desire to compete, but when you go back and look at the record of UT vs LSU the old tradition comes through. The buying out of North Carolina will hurt me till I die. The effort put forth in this years Kentucky game still makes me throw up every time I think about it. One of these days some players with Tennessee Spirit will show up and not be concerned with jumping early to the NFL and play the kind of hard-nosed, "give it your all" football that real Tennessee football fans expect.

Maybe John Adams will take his terrible comedy show to Louisiana. But he is so bad, that no one else wants him. Already, at least two KNS sports writers have passed over him and moved to ESPN. John, you are not very good, else you would not still be here. Talk about rising to the level of incompetence...wow!

jobrando#216494 writes:

How many will the Vols be favored to win by Vegas? Six

proud2btnvol (Inactive) writes:

in response to born2ride:

We beat Akron, Georgia State and Troy.

Every other game is a possible loss with Dooley as coach. <-- Just Fact

Don't count on Troy and terry Bowden is coaching at Akron now.

RoadTrip writes:

John - go back to bed after you take your meds. It's obvious that you have been cut off from the internal info mill and you don't like it so you take a shot every chance you get. The act has gotten old and proves how lazy you've become. There is an alpha and omega to all careers and we know where yours is.

Millisa writes:

We need a better Head Coach and a Better QB and Offensive line before we will win ANYTHING

Razor784 writes:

in response to born2ride:

We beat Akron, Georgia State and Troy.

Every other game is a possible loss with Dooley as coach. <-- Just Fact

I hate to say it, but that's right on the money, although i'd add KY to the list, no way we're losing 2 in a row to them. Rest of the games are a tossup and CDD usually finds a way to lose the 50-50 games.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Witchy and fellow Vols,

I may have told you this........I emailed Adams and told him he was on a roll at year's end with his sarcastic reporting of Tennessee Sports.

He replied..........."I like to finish strong."

What a jerk

Witch Doctor say thats kinda funny! Witch Doctor wanna punch him in the belly and run still but with smile on Witch Doctors face!
Bones never lie.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to iowavol:

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why in the world would you be he first to read this article if you hate JA so much.
Informative - thanks for the info. A reason to look forward to next season.

Brentwoodvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say thats kinda funny! Witch Doctor wanna punch him in the belly and run still but with smile on Witch Doctors face!
Bones never lie.

Ha ha. No need to run I got your back. I'm old but we both can take him!!!!!!!!!

HadMyPhil writes:

I'm not clear what all the JA haters on here see that is wrong in this article. When I look at the schedule, I see (at best) a 7-5 record. How can you see anything differently? Without some ugly mistakes by Vandy, we go 0-fer this year in conference. Who on the current roster is going to make that much difference this coming year? 7-5 is an improvement...and by softening the out-of-conference schedule, it is a legitimate goal. Lose to NC State, though, and it will be a long season.

VOLtage writes:

Lets get the Baylor AD and all their coaches here. Baylor football team 9-3 and #16 with a Heisman winning QB. Basketball team is 12-0 and #6. Women's basketball team is 12-0 and number 1.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to born2ride:

We beat Akron, Georgia State and Troy.

Every other game is a possible loss with Dooley as coach. <-- Just Fact

NO, it's called an opinion and that is your opinion that the Vols will win 3 games next year..You are clearly getting facts and opinions mixed up.

Smokey says you know what they say about..well..you know..

John_10065 writes:

"The most obvious benefit of the schedule: fewer sure losses."

There is only one sure loss around here. And the loser is a so called sports writer with the initials JA.

fearthehound writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

why in the world would you be he first to read this article if you hate JA so much.
Informative - thanks for the info. A reason to look forward to next season.

I'll take a stab at this one jhayes. I'm guessing it's because he is a big Vols fan and he is just looking for stories and info on his team. Adams is really not a bad writer, it's just that he really isn't a Tennessee fan--even after all the years he's covered them. He sees himself as a disinterested third party news guy with a quick wit and a sharp tongue. All fine and dandy, except maybe he ought to stop and consider who his freakin' audience is. If you spoke weekly to womens' groups and each week you told smart aleck jokes about women, guess what? You're audience of women aren't going to like you very much. That's pretty much the case with Adams. I suspect if the consumers of KNS products get tired enough of it, eventually they'll complain enough to the powers that be at KNS, and JA will tone it down real fast.

orange_eVOLution writes:

A pretty level article. Dooley needs to finish with a WHAM! in recruiting on National Signing Day. I predict further coaching change(s) on the UT staff after bowl games are played out.

GO VOLS!!

springtx_vol writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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FINALLY a voice of reason in this mess. I suggest everyone take a chill pill and let next season play out. Be a big Vol fan and cheer the team on. Welcome Hunter and Lathers back from bad injuries. Let Bray completely heal from a broken hand that put Culter and others out for the season (not just 4 or 5 games).

We will have plenty of time after next year to talk about whether Dooley should stay or go. So far, other than a bad game against Kentucky this past season, give me one game that we should have won that we didn't? UGA this year comes close, as does South Carolina, but we weren't really better than those teams.

It is my opinion that we go go 10-2 against this schedule. Anything less than 7-5 will be completely disappointing. 9-3/8-4 is more realistic. Most importantly, a lose to a depleted Florida team will be very disappointing, maybe even costing Dooley his job. Note, all of this is barring injuries like we had this year, even though we will have better depth next year with three capable QB's on the roster.

springtx_vol writes:

in response to fearthehound:

I'll take a stab at this one jhayes. I'm guessing it's because he is a big Vols fan and he is just looking for stories and info on his team. Adams is really not a bad writer, it's just that he really isn't a Tennessee fan--even after all the years he's covered them. He sees himself as a disinterested third party news guy with a quick wit and a sharp tongue. All fine and dandy, except maybe he ought to stop and consider who his freakin' audience is. If you spoke weekly to womens' groups and each week you told smart aleck jokes about women, guess what? You're audience of women aren't going to like you very much. That's pretty much the case with Adams. I suspect if the consumers of KNS products get tired enough of it, eventually they'll complain enough to the powers that be at KNS, and JA will tone it down real fast.

I will take it one step further. I think JA is a pretty good writer and tells it like it is (which is what I want, I don't need a homer telling me how good things are regardless of what is happening). I think the folks at KNS agree and have had very few people stop taking the paper because of JA. The further part is that I think KNS likes the comments against JA. It shows that people read his stuff to make more complaints about what he says.

The role of the press in any situation is not to be a cheerleader(even applies to politics which is why I don't understand the main stream media being in bed with the Democrats). The role of the press is to dig into things and let the readers know what the inside, behind the scenes story is. Cheerleaders should work for the University, the employer, the political party, not the press/media.

fearthehound writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

I will take it one step further. I think JA is a pretty good writer and tells it like it is (which is what I want, I don't need a homer telling me how good things are regardless of what is happening). I think the folks at KNS agree and have had very few people stop taking the paper because of JA. The further part is that I think KNS likes the comments against JA. It shows that people read his stuff to make more complaints about what he says.

The role of the press in any situation is not to be a cheerleader(even applies to politics which is why I don't understand the main stream media being in bed with the Democrats). The role of the press is to dig into things and let the readers know what the inside, behind the scenes story is. Cheerleaders should work for the University, the employer, the political party, not the press/media.

Sounds good, if you're talking about hard news. Problem is, once again, JA writes columns for the consumption of a pretty specific audience--fans of Volunteer sports. Constant sarcasm and negativity is out of place and irritating.

Classof72 writes:

It seems the most likely outcome will be just a little better next year, since a bad beating or a close one is still a loss. The team should be a little better, a little more mature. The most likely outcome seems to be 7-6, or 8-5, depending on the outcome of a bowl game. Since this staff doesn't seem to be overly resourceful, 7-5 regular season with a bowl loss seems likely. With bad injury luck it could be worse.

Everybody, especially Dooley, wants it to be better faster, but 2013 is probably the season in which to evaluate Dooley's program. Look how long it took Majors to accomplish anything. Since even Texas, with every advantage, has experienced adversity, there's probably no quick fix. Under the circumstances, any Vol bowl win in 2012 would be something to celebrate.

docwater#225789 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say thats kinda funny! Witch Doctor wanna punch him in the belly and run still but with smile on Witch Doctors face!
Bones never lie.

John Adams has a dry and cutting wit about him. Posters take him far too seriously. Think of it as a monologue on the Tonight show. He provides entertainment and biting commentary, not real meaty sports reporting.

westknoxrepub writes:

I read a bit over on Texas A&M and Missouri sites to see how they reacted to thier schedules. Texas A&M really isn't relevant to Tennessee since we don't play, but the general feeling from the Missouri fans is UT is a sure win, in other words, they're not worried about us. Living in Knoxville we get an idea of the reputation Tennessee is supposed to have to the outside, but after the past few years, people think we suck. I still say 4-8, there's no evidence over Dooley's career to suggest we're going to do any better.

buzz29 writes:

Adams and Dooley haters aside (where they should be), this is a positive article listing the benefits of UT's 2012 schedule. Bones never lie, and they also never tell the truth, but boneheads blinded by hatred always display their willful ignorance.

snakeplissken writes:

With a schedule like that, we should expect 9 wins as a minimum.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

in response to HadMyPhil:

I'm not clear what all the JA haters on here see that is wrong in this article. When I look at the schedule, I see (at best) a 7-5 record. How can you see anything differently? Without some ugly mistakes by Vandy, we go 0-fer this year in conference. Who on the current roster is going to make that much difference this coming year? 7-5 is an improvement...and by softening the out-of-conference schedule, it is a legitimate goal. Lose to NC State, though, and it will be a long season.

Good points, but a loss to Florida at home is enough to consider some changes. A signature win here means a confidence boost both for the team and coaching staff. Lose to them in the fashion that we have over the last few years will take the wind out of the sail.

snakeplissken writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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Only the Dool-Aid drinkers get mad at Adams for saying what everyone else knows is true.
7 or 8 victories with the much easier 2011 schedule won't cut it with most Vol fans. A good coach could win 10 games, and an average one could win 9 games. Dooley is average, so I set the bar at 9 victories.
We have more players returning than ANY SEC team we play. These are Dooley's recruits so he owns what happens in 2011.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Witchy and fellow Vols,

I may have told you this........I emailed Adams and told him he was on a roll at year's end with his sarcastic reporting of Tennessee Sports.

He replied..........."I like to finish strong."

What a jerk

Just what I'd expect. He's as Yellow as his journalism. Yellow and Purple at heart.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to snakeplissken:

Only the Dool-Aid drinkers get mad at Adams for saying what everyone else knows is true.
7 or 8 victories with the much easier 2011 schedule won't cut it with most Vol fans. A good coach could win 10 games, and an average one could win 9 games. Dooley is average, so I set the bar at 9 victories.
We have more players returning than ANY SEC team we play. These are Dooley's recruits so he owns what happens in 2011.

How many contributing seniors did we graduate last year? and how many in 2012? That's right 5 in both years, 2011 and 2012. Tell you anything? So, again, you say an average coach could win 9 games on our schedule with 5 seniors? You are simply full of it.

2012 is The first year that he does actually own this team. Now, if you bashers could just let him do it before all the insufferable knowledge spewing takes place that would be grand. An AVERAGE coach could win 7 games with our roster, REALISTICALLY, a good coach 8, and a very good coach 9. To pretend in year three, after basically being without the 08 and 09 classes, we should magically win 10 games, is ludicrous. You bashers love trying to set Dooley up, but it is not working. Too many on here know the game too well, and know full well when certain "fans" are being ridiculous.

Supersayin1 writes:

Looking at the fact that our (YOUNG) Team has been baptized in Fire, by being tossed to the Wolves in the SEC. Our team will be much better, and the biggest problem we will have next year is........ Wait for it........ Which of our Awesome WR's to throw to next year!!! Man there will be so much talent at this position, that Chaney's hardest task will be who will be in what package! Every player coming in at this position can contribute on the field in a big way. Maybe hunter and Da'Rick will actualy be able to sit out some games to prevent injuryl. Despite losing Arnet, we will have Croom, whos a big beast, Dallas a speedster,Pig whos another speedster, Rivera, and Clear, not to even come close to mentioning a healthy Hunter and Rodgers. Man we may put up Pac 12 scores on teams. Cincy felt that fire early, imagine what will happen when the extra talent comes in!!!

We FINALLY HAVE DEPT!!!! And man Young, and Pig on special teams will make something big happen. I can't wait! We just need to light a fire under the o-lines butts! Defense will be beastly! GO VOLS! I see 8 to 9 wins next year, and a top 25 finish!

Supersayin1 writes:

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Good point!

jgl#233810 writes:

I honestly can't see anything more than 6 wins even with the more optimistic approach to the schedule (that has any connection with reality) And 5 seems more likely, with 4 a distinct possibility.

EMBuckles writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say thats kinda funny! Witch Doctor wanna punch him in the belly and run still but with smile on Witch Doctors face!
Bones never lie.

Witch Doctor! Glad to see you are still around! Happy New Year to you! And, if you punch Adams in the belly, you can then give him this advice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbgv8P...

Now I gotta go make up some monkey brain pot pies to eat whilst watching the bowl games! ;>

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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I am on crack.I knew it was something,just didn't know what it was.
We do have a lot of returners for 2012.There were a lot of returners this year as well and they got worse as the season went along. I hope that is not the case in 2012.
None of us know what this team will do until the season kicks off.I would not bet the farm on more than 6 wins if the season were to start today.

Just being realistic.Most teams ,like Alabama,LSU,Georgia etc.have better talent in reserve than we had playing last year.

Love our Vols and root like keck for them.Think with your head,not your heart.The Talent is not there yet. I sometimes think the Coaching isn't either.

IPOrange writes:

in response to VOLtage:

Lets get the Baylor AD and all their coaches here. Baylor football team 9-3 and #16 with a Heisman winning QB. Basketball team is 12-0 and #6. Women's basketball team is 12-0 and number 1.

How about let's remember who we are. We slough off at work and read articles. We watch games, and we complain. We don't hire anybody, we don't fire anybody, we don't influence anybody in any way whatsoever. We don't do anything constructive or destructive regarding the program other than buy a ticket. Just watch the games and root for the team wearing the orange shirts. That's what we do.

snakeplissken writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

Looking at the fact that our (YOUNG) Team has been baptized in Fire, by being tossed to the Wolves in the SEC. Our team will be much better, and the biggest problem we will have next year is........ Wait for it........ Which of our Awesome WR's to throw to next year!!! Man there will be so much talent at this position, that Chaney's hardest task will be who will be in what package! Every player coming in at this position can contribute on the field in a big way. Maybe hunter and Da'Rick will actualy be able to sit out some games to prevent injuryl. Despite losing Arnet, we will have Croom, whos a big beast, Dallas a speedster,Pig whos another speedster, Rivera, and Clear, not to even come close to mentioning a healthy Hunter and Rodgers. Man we may put up Pac 12 scores on teams. Cincy felt that fire early, imagine what will happen when the extra talent comes in!!!

We FINALLY HAVE DEPT!!!! And man Young, and Pig on special teams will make something big happen. I can't wait! We just need to light a fire under the o-lines butts! Defense will be beastly! GO VOLS! I see 8 to 9 wins next year, and a top 25 finish!

We have all the elements there to win 9 games, and an outside chance to win 10 games. The only thing that will keep us from 9 wins is player development and coaching - and hoping Kentucky won't use a 4th string wide receiver at QB. ROFLMAO

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

in response to snakeplissken:

We have all the elements there to win 9 games, and an outside chance to win 10 games. The only thing that will keep us from 9 wins is player development and coaching - and hoping Kentucky won't use a 4th string wide receiver at QB. ROFLMAO

You're NOT fooling all the REAL Tennessee fans or the smart fans that DO know how college football works.

You ARE a Vols hater and a snake and pretty good at psychology for the young and stupid that do NOT know anything about college football.

We DO have some depth now but NOT quality depth like LSU and Bama so the play doesn't suffer when starters need a braks.

We do NOT have really great starters yet at several positions like the top 5 teams have but CDD is recruiting pretty well so we'll be much better and back in the top 10 in a few more years.

LIES from you and your friends, who all have several screen names like you, will NEVER stop the love for our Vols from us REAL Vols fans nor will you trick and fool us into believing we have a greater football team than we realistically know we have just to feed your further rhetoric of hate and lies for the future.

Many on all message boards are very young and do NOT know what all it takes to rebuild a solid football team and program so those UNeducated kids fall for your LIES and garbage but you'll NEVER fool those of us that really know that it takes many years to rebuild a total disaster that CDD was brave enough to try and tackle when no other coaches wanted to try.

Grow up kid and try to find a real LIFE instead of always coming here to further prove what a liar and moron you really are.

VFL...GO BIG ORANGE!!!

TarheelVol writes:

in response to HadMyPhil:

I'm not clear what all the JA haters on here see that is wrong in this article. When I look at the schedule, I see (at best) a 7-5 record. How can you see anything differently? Without some ugly mistakes by Vandy, we go 0-fer this year in conference. Who on the current roster is going to make that much difference this coming year? 7-5 is an improvement...and by softening the out-of-conference schedule, it is a legitimate goal. Lose to NC State, though, and it will be a long season.

UT should be able to beat NCSU but will lose this one if not focused.
After their bowl win, several NCSU players talked about how they
couldn't wait to play UT. These boys won several late in the season to
get into a bowl game and played like they gave a d*mn to win it.

Contrast that with the lackluster Vols who couldn't get "up" to beat a lousy Kentucky team with a bowl berth on the line. Jeesch. There's no heart
in this UT program right now and that's got to get fixed if UT expects to beat NCSU or anyone else next year.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

You're NOT fooling all the REAL Tennessee fans or the smart fans that DO know how college football works.

You ARE a Vols hater and a snake and pretty good at psychology for the young and stupid that do NOT know anything about college football.

We DO have some depth now but NOT quality depth like LSU and Bama so the play doesn't suffer when starters need a braks.

We do NOT have really great starters yet at several positions like the top 5 teams have but CDD is recruiting pretty well so we'll be much better and back in the top 10 in a few more years.

LIES from you and your friends, who all have several screen names like you, will NEVER stop the love for our Vols from us REAL Vols fans nor will you trick and fool us into believing we have a greater football team than we realistically know we have just to feed your further rhetoric of hate and lies for the future.

Many on all message boards are very young and do NOT know what all it takes to rebuild a solid football team and program so those UNeducated kids fall for your LIES and garbage but you'll NEVER fool those of us that really know that it takes many years to rebuild a total disaster that CDD was brave enough to try and tackle when no other coaches wanted to try.

Grow up kid and try to find a real LIFE instead of always coming here to further prove what a liar and moron you really are.

VFL...GO BIG ORANGE!!!

Yep, IF he actually knew college football he wouldn't be spouting off about UT winning 10 games, except for bad coaching of course (sounds ridiculous). IF he understood where we are roster wise, compared to other top shelf SEC teams, he wouldn't make such stupid statements. OR, he might actually understand, but he'd rather lie about it in the hopes that he "damages" Dooley's chances (also sounds ridiculous). He's got it all figured out how to get Dooley out, and Fulmer back in. Just convince knowledgable VOL fans they aren't as bright as he is, and that there's no reason to be optimistic.

I doubt many, except for other posers, buy what he's selling. At least I hope real Vol fans aren't that gullible.

The guy's a JOKE.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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So you're saying it's a FACT that "UT" feels lucky not to have LSU and Arky on the schedule. I think it's john adams saying that, not UT, by the way. I think you'll find it's the POSERs and the trolls that say that, not UT. As a matter of fact, I haven't heard one player or coach quoted as saying we're "lucky" not to have LSU and Arky on the schedule.

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