5 Big Things for Vols to beat Vanderbilt

1. Get A Grip: Tennessee's fate possibly rests on whether quarterback Tyler Bray can grip the ball to pass accurately in his first game back from a fractured thumb. Vanderbilt's opportunistic secondary will be watching with keen interest.

2. Picks Parade Slows: That Vandy secondary isn't quite as opportunistic as it was in September. After four games, the 'Dores had 14 interceptions. They've added only one in the past six games and none in the past four. The Vols don't want to turn the tap back on.

3. The Weight: Tennessee has won 27 of the past 28 games against Vandy, including one when the Commodores were favored (2008) and one in which Vandy led 28-3 (1987). Does that history weigh heavy on either team tonight, particularly in a tight fourth quarter? The team that stays loose and plays closest to its potential is the likely winner.

4. Crossing (Off) Jordan: Tennessee's defense must stymie the dynamic duo of quarterback Jordan Rodgers and his favorite target, Jordan Matthews. Rodgers has averaged 285 yards total offense in his four starters. Matthews has a streak of three consecutive 100-yard receiving games.

5. Second-Half Empty: The Vols, incredibly, have not scored a point in the second half since Georgia on Oct. 8. That worked against MTSU but not in the SEC. It won't work tonight.

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say number #6
right before you take the field look in the mirror and say "its Vandy" and that smile on your face will say everything is gonna be OK.
Go Vols!
Bones never lie.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Let's send the Geek Squad back to Nashville Black and Blue

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Thanks Witch, I agree. I have said all week the Dores will choke.

elbtenn#502977 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say number #6
right before you take the field look in the mirror and say "its Vandy" and that smile on your face will say everything is gonna be OK.
Go Vols!
Bones never lie.

I like the way you think, Doc.

willblitz4bacon writes:

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DarthVol writes:

in response to Abdul_Wauhatchie_Tiftonia_Rahman_of_Orange:

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I'll bet you're like me. Sometimes late at night, I like to get baked, throw in the soundtrack to "Annie" on level 10 and watch "Pink Floyds the Wall"...in reverse.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to Abdul_Wauhatchie_Tiftonia_Rahman_of_Orange:

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Your posts, along with your egregiously long screen name, are nothing but a waste of cyberspace.

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

in response to willblitz4bacon:

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Racist!

dvols writes:

it will all be over in a few weeks anyways...

4114 writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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There is not enough Lynchburg lemonade made to get over a loss to the 'Dores. She might want to skip the lemonade part and go with the Jack straight up!!

OrangePride writes:

ITEM #6 TO KEEP IN MIND; THE CROWD: The crowd will be more important in this game than any of the previous contests. An energized, loud, and supportive crowd will provide us a big advantage. A tepid, defeatest, "here we go again" crowd will supply the edge to Vandy. So you'all pick which one you want it to be. GO VOLS!!

volpreacher writes:

in response to OrangePride:

ITEM #6 TO KEEP IN MIND; THE CROWD: The crowd will be more important in this game than any of the previous contests. An energized, loud, and supportive crowd will provide us a big advantage. A tepid, defeatest, "here we go again" crowd will supply the edge to Vandy. So you'all pick which one you want it to be. GO VOLS!!

And stay past the third quarter. Stay until the end and cheer until the end. Vols will win this one. 24-14. Go Vols

TheStupidPolice writes:

in response to DarthVol:

I'll bet you're like me. Sometimes late at night, I like to get baked, throw in the soundtrack to "Annie" on level 10 and watch "Pink Floyds the Wall"...in reverse.

STUPID!

willblitz4bacon writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

Racist!

Awe SHUCKY DUCKY

gvegasvol writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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Uhhhmmm...it was the LSU (and bama) loss where they didn't show up after half-time...no...it was SC game where they had no ability to move the ball in either half...no wait...it was definetly the ark game when they gave up after the entire team couldn't tackle a punt returner...no...no it was definetly the UGA game...no wait a sec...yea it was the fla game where CDD's "young and depleted team" looked the worst - didn't you forget to mention that it is also kiffin's, hamilton's and fulmer's fault, too?

HOSSFLY writes:

i wonder if dooley has a grasp on the historic nature of tonight's game. even as bad as we have been this year, we better beat the westenders.

my bet is that he ain't got it.....and might not....ever.

Bubba_Knows writes:

Never thought I'd see the day when Vandy was favored in this game and deserved to be favored. How low can we fall?

cloudodust writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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While I concur with allowing CDD 3-4 years time, I see the failings that rile the fanbase. I have the feeling that after two years at the helm, CDD has to make changes to his program. The problem may be at the administration level that hasn't allowed him the leeway. If Tennessee has an athletic dept that controls the hiring and firing of asst's by proxy, who in the blue blazes would want that layer of non-coaching expertise making those kind of calls..?. He11, we've already experienced this type clusterbang first when Cut left and after the firing of CPF. We became a program experienced and proven coaches didn't want to be a part of. Let CDD run his program without insider interference...

HOSSFLY writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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i like what you are saying......both uga and sc were home games that i thought we could've and should've won.

those were the type of games where a good coaching staff will pull out a win or two along the span of 20-25 games, no matter how low the talent level is.

does dooley have such a game ? and close don't count.

.....anybody ??

GBO !...beat vandy !

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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Let's see Bama lost to LSU, USC lost to Auburn and to Ark, Georgia lost USC, and Ark lost to Bama. Georgia is 6-1, USC is 7-1, ARK is 6-1, Bama is 6-1, and LSU is 6-0 (Total 31-4) Now explain to me how you get 29-1. This should be good.

stumpyb writes:

let him coach out his contract and if by then no improvement then let him go. Tired of firing coaches with 2-3 yrs left on a contract and having to pay 2 coaches at the same time.

HOSSFLY writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

Never thought I'd see the day when Vandy was favored in this game and deserved to be favored. How low can we fall?

two more years worth, i'm afraid. if doolittle cannot beat vandy tonite, i vote to cull him right away.

but "they" won't.

two more years worth...........

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

Never thought I'd see the day when Vandy was favored in this game and deserved to be favored. How low can we fall?

Guess you were not around in 2008 when Vandy was favored.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

A trip to Shreeveport could hang in the balance.

Any bowl game would be sweet fot these young Vols.

Stay the course with them.

Fry those Dores, Orange.

thevoice writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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This year it's not necessarily about the wins and losses, rather the game within the game (aka coaching, progress, technique, game command, getting the right assistant coaches, etc.). There is no indication that Dooley is winning either.

The biggest problem is that there are no signs that Dooley is a great SEC coach. Now we have two things upon which to improve: coaching and the team. That double whammy void may be filled with Dooley, but it will be 12+ years, even if he has the No. 1 recruiting classes the next four years because he needs to learn how to handle talent and learn how to win. AND get the right assistants in. A sign of a good coach is the demand for his assistants. Does anyone really think his assistants are in demand now? Or are they learning how to coach too? Most of us on here aren't coaches, but we can identify good coaching when we see it.

thevoice writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

Guess you were not around in 2008 when Vandy was favored.

Bubba was likely talking about a UT/Vandy game in Knoxville.

tnfanincali writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

Let's see Bama lost to LSU, USC lost to Auburn and to Ark, Georgia lost USC, and Ark lost to Bama. Georgia is 6-1, USC is 7-1, ARK is 6-1, Bama is 6-1, and LSU is 6-0 (Total 31-4) Now explain to me how you get 29-1. This should be good.

Think when he said "against the rest of the SEC," he was referring to those teams records excluding their records against each other... That's the way I read it at least. Didn't take the time to research whether this is correct or not...

Take_Back_Knoxville writes:

That's pretty funny. The trolls have taken over. Looking back at the posts, I'm seeing few recognizeable names. Us Vol fans are so gullible. Some doofus jumps on here with a name like BubLicker36 (from Nashville or Birmingham no doubt) and spews negativity and does it non-stop for 2 months and we think it must be true because it's on the newspaper site.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Abdul_Wauhatchie_Tiftonia_Rahman_of_Orange:

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Packer_Pork if the Vols win will you deactivate this account like you have all your others

tnfanincali writes:

in response to thevoice:

This year it's not necessarily about the wins and losses, rather the game within the game (aka coaching, progress, technique, game command, getting the right assistant coaches, etc.). There is no indication that Dooley is winning either.

The biggest problem is that there are no signs that Dooley is a great SEC coach. Now we have two things upon which to improve: coaching and the team. That double whammy void may be filled with Dooley, but it will be 12+ years, even if he has the No. 1 recruiting classes the next four years because he needs to learn how to handle talent and learn how to win. AND get the right assistants in. A sign of a good coach is the demand for his assistants. Does anyone really think his assistants are in demand now? Or are they learning how to coach too? Most of us on here aren't coaches, but we can identify good coaching when we see it.

Texas went after Wilcox when Muschamp took the Florida job. Tend to agree with you about Chaney though. Think he was a holdover from the previous coaching staff to try to keep some sort of continuity and give the returning players a familiar face that they recognized after all the turnover.. He obviously isn't doing very well, but he has been without his best QB and best WR most of the season, and he hasn't had much time to build depth. We will know a lot more about this staff next year. I did expect our offensive line to be playing better in the run game at this point though..

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to tnfanincali:

Think when he said "against the rest of the SEC," he was referring to those teams records excluding their records against each other... That's the way I read it at least. Didn't take the time to research whether this is correct or not...

I know what he was trying to do. He is not counting the loses those 4 teams had against each other, but if he does that he then cannot count their wins against each other either. So they are 26-0 against the rest of the SEC. But at the same time how did Tennessee fair against the rest of the SEC not counting those teams. Tennessee is only 0-1. So those teams fair better against the rest of the SEC, than Tennessee. But Tennessee has only lost one game against the rest of the SEC, how is this a good measurement, or what is his point?

tnfanincali writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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I felt the same way after the SC game. I have tried to give Dooley my support but after that game I was about ready to throw in the towel on him. And even though the score in the Arkansas game was way way worse, I thought we played worse in the South Carolina game. This probably sounds ridiculous given the final score, but I thought the Vols looked way better in the Arkansas game than they did in the South Carolina game.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to tnfanincali:

I felt the same way after the SC game. I have tried to give Dooley my support but after that game I was about ready to throw in the towel on him. And even though the score in the Arkansas game was way way worse, I thought we played worse in the South Carolina game. This probably sounds ridiculous given the final score, but I thought the Vols looked way better in the Arkansas game than they did in the South Carolina game.

I agree with both of you. We played horrible in the SC game. Play calling was the worse I had seen. Chaney hasn't any imagination. Not any plays with mis direction, screens, rollouts, etc. Up the middle with 8 in the box, unbelievable. We played better in the ARK game except for tackling, they need to go back to basics on that task. We were just over matched in that game. If we could have only put in some good drives in the second half in most of our games, the scores would not have been so lopsided. I have always thought it was the play calling of Chaney, but I was critized about my comments against Chaney last year and the start of this year, so I layed off of those comments. It is like he uses the same game plan in the 2nd half that he used in the first and doesn't make any adjustments at the half. VFL (#35)

arkyvol writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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take those 29-1 teams away and you've got conference usa. even so, dooley is at best a long shot to win one against the dregs. so far this season, he's 0-2 against the midgets. keep those excuses coming. we're gonna need them.

tnfanincali writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

I know what he was trying to do. He is not counting the loses those 4 teams had against each other, but if he does that he then cannot count their wins against each other either. So they are 26-0 against the rest of the SEC. But at the same time how did Tennessee fair against the rest of the SEC not counting those teams. Tennessee is only 0-1. So those teams fair better against the rest of the SEC, than Tennessee. But Tennessee has only lost one game against the rest of the SEC, how is this a good measurement, or what is his point?

Good point there, but you kinda lost me at the end.. And not sure what his point was but I think it was something about how Dooley has lost a bunch of games to some really good teams.. I will agree that AL, LSU, ARK, and surprisingly GA are all pretty good teams this year, but at the same time FL and SC (at least when we played them) are not. Either way I hope we beat Vandy today and Dooley can get this team back to where we belong, and if we do not start to see some drastic improvement next year... well you know...

snakeplissken writes:

Vanderbilt is coached much better, but Tennessee has more talent, and the game is in Koxville where it's Senior Day. No excuses for Dooley today!

Besides, it's in Vandy's DNA to lose to Tennessee. ROFLOL

movol77 writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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Objective post.

movol77 writes:

in response to gvegasvol:

Uhhhmmm...it was the LSU (and bama) loss where they didn't show up after half-time...no...it was SC game where they had no ability to move the ball in either half...no wait...it was definetly the ark game when they gave up after the entire team couldn't tackle a punt returner...no...no it was definetly the UGA game...no wait a sec...yea it was the fla game where CDD's "young and depleted team" looked the worst - didn't you forget to mention that it is also kiffin's, hamilton's and fulmer's fault, too?

Subjective post.

bigchief writes:

in response to Abdul_Wauhatchie_Tiftonia_Rahman_of_Orange:

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i don't usually say things like this, but i just have to say that you are so stupid with all your comments. that if you put your tiny brain in a ant it would run around a bee bee backward. if you were not a troll you would at least say postive comments to build up the payers because they may read these articles. just dry up and blow away GBO

movol77 writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

Let's see Bama lost to LSU, USC lost to Auburn and to Ark, Georgia lost USC, and Ark lost to Bama. Georgia is 6-1, USC is 7-1, ARK is 6-1, Bama is 6-1, and LSU is 6-0 (Total 31-4) Now explain to me how you get 29-1. This should be good.

Easy. Re-read the post. Focus on the clause, "the rest of the SEC".

rockytopinga writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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For the first time ever, I don't look forward to next year; not with Dooley as coach

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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I get what you are saying, but your count is wrong. Those 5 teams are 25-1 against the rest of the other teams in the SEC. You cannot count their wins against each other, if you don't count their loses. Apples to Apples! Count them again. But at the same time Tennessee is only 0-1 against the rest of the pack. With that said, yes it is impressive, 25-1, no doubt about it. My take is Dooley is too much like Fulmer, nice guy and loyal to his coaches, which will get him fired quick. He should clean house on the assistance coaches, expecially Chaney. The play calling stinks. The tackling isn't there either, do they not work on tackling in practice? I read somewhere that the coaches saw somethings in the ARK game that they did not practice, and they tell the players to play with what they learned in practice......excuse me they saw things in the game that they had not practice...something is missing here. And they should have made adjustments at half....oh yeah I forgot they don't make adjustments at the half. VFL (#36)

movol77 writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

I know what he was trying to do. He is not counting the loses those 4 teams had against each other, but if he does that he then cannot count their wins against each other either. So they are 26-0 against the rest of the SEC. But at the same time how did Tennessee fair against the rest of the SEC not counting those teams. Tennessee is only 0-1. So those teams fair better against the rest of the SEC, than Tennessee. But Tennessee has only lost one game against the rest of the SEC, how is this a good measurement, or what is his point?

Good grief. You made a mistaken post. Trying to argue your point now makes you look like a moral victory candidate.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to movol77:

Easy. Re-read the post. Focus on the clause, "the rest of the SEC".

I did re-read, I did focus. I can count. The tally is 25-1. You cannot count their wins against each other if you don't count their loses. Apples to Apples.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to movol77:

Good grief. You made a mistaken post. Trying to argue your point now makes you look like a moral victory candidate.

The best thing I can say about you comments is: No Comment! VFL

ps11824 writes:

1. Arian Foster suits up & racks up 250 yds rushing
2. Jason Whitten sneaks into the game un-noticed
3. John Henderson comes back as Shaun Johnson
4. Travis Henry's best impersonation of T Poole
5. Newer model Peyton throws for 250. Colquit kicks

game over: UT 42 - dores zip, ha ha and the band plays on; Good ole Rocky Top. Rocky Top Tennessee.

majorsistheman writes:

vandy is the acid test. lose today and the fat lady sings.

movol77 writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

I did re-read, I did focus. I can count. The tally is 25-1. You cannot count their wins against each other if you don't count their loses. Apples to Apples.

Let me try to be more clear. You made a reply post that intended to embarrass the original poster. Instead, YOU EMBARRASSED YOURSELF AND NOW YOU ARE TRYING TO SAVE FACE. Childish.

HOSSFLY writes:

in response to snakeplissken:

Vanderbilt is coached much better, but Tennessee has more talent, and the game is in Koxville where it's Senior Day. No excuses for Dooley today!

Besides, it's in Vandy's DNA to lose to Tennessee. ROFLOL

agreed..........no excuses for doolittle tonight !

GBO

volsgirl writes:

in response to 4114:

There is not enough Lynchburg lemonade made to get over a loss to the 'Dores. She might want to skip the lemonade part and go with the Jack straight up!!

This has go to far..the lady had nothing to do with the football team .Please leave her along she just love her kid like you love your

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