John Adams: Sun rises in East; Kentucky loses to Vols

Dan Proctor draws the Tennessee-Kentucky game.

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Dan Proctor draws the Tennessee-Kentucky game.

Vols focus on Kentucky, not possible bowl games

All streaks end at some point, right?

Wrong. The sun keeps rising in the East. A Georgia running backs gets suspended every fall. And Auburn and Alabama fans never wake up without thinking how much they hate each other.

So UT fans shouldn't assume the streak against Kentucky — 26 victories and counting — must end.

They might have thought it would end way back in 1988 when the Vols finished 5-6. UT 28, Kentucky 24.

They might have thought it would end in 2005 when the Vols again finished 5-6. UT 27, Kentucky 8.

And they might have thought it would end in 2008 when the Vols finished 5-7. UT 28, Kentucky 10.

UT 27, Kentucky 10: Despite the likelihood of medical advances, no one alive today will live long enough to see the Vols lose to Kentucky.

Georgia 35, Georgia Tech 24: Running backs are the big story here.

The Yellow Jackets have six running backs who have rushed for 198 or more yards this season. That doesn't include the team's leading rusher, quarterback Tevin Washington.

The Bulldogs have had three running backs suspended this season. That doesn't include Caleb King and Washuan Ealey, the team's most experienced running backs. King was ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester, and Ealey was dismissed from the team in the spring.

Stephen Garcia fans will be tracking Thomas. With three suspensions this season, he is making a run at the former South Carolina quarterback's career record for suspensions.

Some thought Garcia's record was as untouchable as Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak.

South Carolina 27, Clemson 24: There were so many poll-shaking events last Saturday that the Tigers' collapse didn't receive nearly enough attention.

Oklahoma's loss was a bigger story. So was Oregon's loss.

But at least the Sooners and Ducks had a shot at winning in the final seconds. Clemson was beaten 37-13 by N.C. State, which two months ago looked like the worst FBS team in the country whose name didn't begin with a "K" (see Kentucky and Kansas for details).

Mississippi State 31, Ole Miss 17: Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen must be envious of LSU coach Les Miles after last week.

Mullen has stuck it to his rival Rebels at every opportunity. So he's surely second-guessing himself for not coming up with the kneel-down put-down that Miles implemented in a 52-3 victory over Ole Miss.

What's more demeaning? Scoring a touchdown that makes it 59-3? Or having your quarterback kneel down near the goal line play after play with plenty of time remaining?

Florida State 27, Florida 23: Charlie Weis showed again last Saturday why he's known as an offensive guru. His offense put up 55 points on Furman in the Gators' 23-point victory.

Suddenly, it looked like September again for a Florida offense that averaged 40 points in its first four games. But today's game might look more like October when the Gators couldn't manage 12 points per game.

Troubling stat for the Gators: Florida State ranks seventh nationally in total defense.

Florida has played four teams ranked in the top 10 defensively. It lost to all four, none of whom helped remind you that Weis is an offensive guru.

Alabama 42, Auburn 10: Anything can happen in a rivalry as intense as this one. And almost anything that happens today will be bad for the Tigers.

The Tide has had a full year to agonize over blowing a 24-0 lead in losing to Auburn last season. It has the motive and weapons to exact serious revenge on the defending national champions.

And if it has a big lead and a first down at the Auburn 1-yard line with five minutes to play, don't look for any subtle put-downs. It will just tack on another touchdown.

Why not? Last season's game proved no lead is safe against the Tigers.

Wake Forest 27, Vanderbilt 24: I never thought of Vanderbilt Stadium as a home-field advantage. That's probably because I expect a home-field stadium to be filled with home-team fans.

First-year coach James Franklin apparently has succeeded in making the Commodores feel at home, where the Commodores are 5-2 this season.

But Franklin still has some roadwork to do.

On the road, the over-achieving Commodores have reverted to their bad old days. They're 0-4 and about to go 0-5.

Top 25: Notre Dame 34, Stanford 30; Virginia Tech 27, Virginia 24; Boise State 45, Wyoming 17; Oregon 41, Oregon State 20; USC 34, UCLA 23; Wisconsin 34, Penn State 17; Kansas State 38, Iowa State 31; Michigan 23, Ohio State 20; Baylor 45, Texas Tech 31.

Record: 148-37 (.811) overall, 95-72 (.568) against the spread.

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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Comments » 27

Maverickman writes:

FIRST!!!

Maverickman writes:

27 Were not Tennessee but there still Kentucky..

OrangePride writes:

Throw out the Vegas lines and all the hyped, "we always beat Kentucky." The fact is this an SEC game and an SEC team. With the exception of Mississippi, who could not beat Farragut HS, an SEC team can beat you if you do not go up with your mind straight and your A game. I look for these Vols to come out focused and for Bray to have an even better outing than he did against Vandy. BUT, do not let this team get a lead and become "believers." Jump on them fast and hard, take it to them from the outset and "keep it there for 60 minutes." Tenn 31 KY 13.... GO VOLS!

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say KRAP the curse of Adams picks gonna keep Witch Doctor killing chickens well into dawn Witch Doctor not want to throw Adams underbus but he bad luck. lol.
Bones never lie.

bigdisbig writes:

in response to Maverickman:

27 Were not Tennessee but there still Kentucky..

Dude...go back and finish 3rd grade. You make no sense in your attempt of a sentence.

wildmed writes:

in response to Maverickman:

27 Were not Tennessee but there still Kentucky..

Let me translate: "27; we're not Tennessee but they're still Kentucky." You DID mean that, didn't you?

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to wildmed:

Let me translate: "27; we're not Tennessee but they're still Kentucky." You DID mean that, didn't you?

The most important thing he had to say was

"First"

How childish

voloffaith writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

The most important thing he had to say was

"First"

How childish

Other than another article with the afforementioned 3rd grader "FIRST" did he/she do that on any other articles? I already awarded the prestigious LINE LEADER post for the month of December so the need to be "FIRST" might subside.....I know wishful thinking....

BigBadVol writes:

KY played GA tough but this TN team is close. It won't be close. TN 31 KY 13.

Flabbergasted writes:

in response to Maverickman:

27 Were not Tennessee but there still Kentucky..

This has got to be the most illiterate post ever.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say KRAP the curse of Adams picks gonna keep Witch Doctor killing chickens well into dawn Witch Doctor not want to throw Adams underbus but he bad luck. lol.
Bones never lie.

Pity the poor chickens but, alas, it must be done.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Maverickman:

27 Were not Tennessee but there still Kentucky..

Eats shoots and leaves.
Eats shoots, and leaves.
Eats, shoots, and leaves.

Punctuation, does a sentence good.

cloudodust writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

KY played GA tough but this TN team is close. It won't be close. TN 31 KY 13.

Kentucky has been a stone in Georgia's gallbladder for years. No UGA run game, no production from the Dogs circa 2011. LSU should crush dem Dawgs. The balancing act is taken away when UGA is down to their 4th string scoutback vs the Cats. If CDD can keep Poole et al between the hashes, UT wins 45-20. If not, UT wins 34-12...

MarbleCitySon writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Eats shoots and leaves.
Eats shoots, and leaves.
Eats, shoots, and leaves.

Punctuation, does a sentence good.

Eats, shoots, and leaves....... The second comma, after shoots, is an oxford comma. It is no longer required before the conjunction.

vol64 writes:

Damn good record against the spread, John. Wish I could say the same. Older but not wiser. Sill trying to stay even with the bookies.

vol64 writes:

Methinks Witch Doctor may own a KFC franchise.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

4**** cut on the 'Vandy crowd", JA.

Vol_Believer writes:

You know the other thing Tennessee always does is We Kick The #%$# out of Kentucky !

CoverOrange writes:

in response to MarbleCitySon:

Eats, shoots, and leaves....... The second comma, after shoots, is an oxford comma. It is no longer required before the conjunction.

The placement of the commas change the meaning of the words.

FiftyOne writes:

Music City Bowl for the Vols?

Southland writes:

Liberty Bowl if we win

CroKev writes:

in response to MarbleCitySon:

Eats, shoots, and leaves....... The second comma, after shoots, is an oxford comma. It is no longer required before the conjunction.

A little context: this is the title of a grammar book (best-selling at that!) with a panda on the cover that "eats shoots and leaves." If one inserts commas, it becomes a cold-hearted gun-wielding bear. UT's English dept. rocks!

Zalweed22 writes:

Are we talking football or proper grammar?

DroopyDrawers writes:

Adams, it is all your fault.

volcraze writes:

Not since I was 12 have the VOLS lost to the blue and white. A sad sad day indeed. Just remember how young this team is. We will improve year to year. Hopefully it doesnt take too long. For all of us to be making comments on this site after the year we just had proves we do bleed orange and white. And that means something to me. Be safe this holiday season Vols fans.

AllforTenn writes:

The sun still will rise in the east, but that's all.

dhubbuch writes:

"Despite the likelihood of medical advances, no one alive today will live long enough to see the Vols lose to Kentucky." So I assume we are all dead today? Only the Vols are dead. Idiot.

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