5 Big Things against Georgia

Dan Proctor draws Tennessee vs. Georgia.

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Dan Proctor draws Tennessee vs. Georgia.

1.Money Down: Third down is life or death, as far as an offensive drive goes. Succeed and stay on the field; fail and slink to the sideline. The Vols are tied for the national lead with a sizzling conversion rate of 62.1 percent. But Georgia's defense is No. 2 nationally, allowing only 25.4 percent conversions. Who blinks?

2.A Mighty Fortress: There was a time in this rivalry when home field mattered little. Tennessee won four straight in Athens (1992-1998), then Georgia won three in a row in Knoxville (2001-05). Lately, order has been restored. The home team has won the past four games — and by an average margin of 21.5 points.

3.A Bray New World: Yeah, the competition hasn't been world-class but UT sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray is performing at a high level. He ranks seventh nationally in both passing efficiency and passing yards per game. His four-game pace is ahead of even senior Peyton Manning's 1997 start. In short, he gives the Vols a chance, even against a good defense.

4.Jail Break: You know it's coming. In each of UT's four games this year the defense has given up a scoring play of 60-plus yards. So far Georgia's freshman phenom Isaiah Crowell's longest run is 29 yards but he's probably licking his chops.

5.A Colquitt Cousin?: The biggest mismatch in the game might be punting. The Vols hope to avoid getting one blocked for a third consecutive game. Georgia's Drew Butler, a senior from Duluth, Ga., is the SEC's career leader with a 46.2-yard average. He won the Ray Guy Award in 2009 and, with a 47.0 average this year, likely will be a finalist again.

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rockytn2jc writes:

jhahaha!!!.... Licking his chops(very funny)...lol!!

VolGrad writes:

5 Big Things:
1. Tyler Bray, 300 yds, 3 TDs
2. Da'Rick Rogers, 150 yds, 2 TDs
3. DeAnthony Arnett, 75 yds, 1 TD
4. Defense, 0 BIG plays, 2 picks
5. Special Teams, 0 turnovers, 2 big returns, 2 field goals

Go Vols! Get it done!!!

thevoice writes:

Could cut and paste this template for the next 8 games. Go Vols!

bUTchVFL writes:

I'm a vol grad and an optimist, but in the SEC the keys to winning are running the ball and stopping the run. We don't do either very well. 125 yards rushing and we win. Under 125 and we lose. GBO!

VolGrad writes:

in response to bUTchVFL:

I'm a vol grad and an optimist, but in the SEC the keys to winning are running the ball and stopping the run. We don't do either very well. 125 yards rushing and we win. Under 125 and we lose. GBO!

Tell that Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer. The pass always set up the run for them. But I understand what you are saying.

And for us, traditionally, you are correct. We need to run the ball as a rule. But you've also got to go with a gameplan that fits your personnel and your strengths. Right now running the ball isn't a strength though we have competent backs. For us to just keep handing off for the sake of trying to run the ball hasn't worked. We have a great QB, a great WR and several other pretty good targets to throw to. If we want to get 80, much less 100 or more yards rushing, then we'd better get the defense to loosen up. The only way for us to do that right now is to throw it. And throw it we will.

Defensively with our current personnel, we've actually done very well outside of a couple of BIG plays here and there EACH game. We've got to stop that, and get more pressure on the QB. We've had some pretty good 4th down and goaline stands. Penalties have cost us in a couple of those situations. But stopping the Dawgs RB is the real caveat to us having a chance to win this game.

Go Vols!!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

From all the articles I've read folks might as well stay home as Georgia has won in advance.

tree_em_smokey writes:

We beat the Dawgs. Wanna know how I know.....I bet on it with an arrogant pierce I'm working with in NJ.

We win the game if we limit mistakes on special teams, third downs, big plays and penalties. GBO!!!

underthehill writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Tell that Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer. The pass always set up the run for them. But I understand what you are saying.

And for us, traditionally, you are correct. We need to run the ball as a rule. But you've also got to go with a gameplan that fits your personnel and your strengths. Right now running the ball isn't a strength though we have competent backs. For us to just keep handing off for the sake of trying to run the ball hasn't worked. We have a great QB, a great WR and several other pretty good targets to throw to. If we want to get 80, much less 100 or more yards rushing, then we'd better get the defense to loosen up. The only way for us to do that right now is to throw it. And throw it we will.

Defensively with our current personnel, we've actually done very well outside of a couple of BIG plays here and there EACH game. We've got to stop that, and get more pressure on the QB. We've had some pretty good 4th down and goaline stands. Penalties have cost us in a couple of those situations. But stopping the Dawgs RB is the real caveat to us having a chance to win this game.

Go Vols!!!

VOLGRAD has it right ..you have to go with what u do best..with FLA 7 TN 0 and TN moving the ball..3rd and 1 and we pound the rock for a 1 yard loss and then miss a field goal..a play action pass had a much better chance of successs..running into the other teams's strength only works when u are vastly superior physically and we ain't..

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Nothing makes my season more than beating GA especially in Athens.I watched most of the replay of the MSU game last night and State didn't lose because they suck or played bad..MSU's front seven seemed bigger and much faster than ours.They had a very good defensive game plan.They blitzed a lot;disguised it pretty well;put 8 guys in the box at the right time and GA's Oline;Murray and Bobo just kept moving along..I wasn't real impressed with Crowell in the first 2 games but he's better and smarter now and can move the chains..Murray and Crowell have a very good line in front of them and they have the play action stuff down well!!I was a bit shocked at how aggressive and hungry the Ga defense played..For now I'll assume their secondary looked good because MSU's WR's aren't very good..We do have the best QB in the SEC and better WR's, but Chaney is going to have call a way better game than he has in the past..One thing I don't like about Chaney is he doesn't have a plan "B" ready if the initial game plan goes south or Bray is seeing ton's of pressure in the shotgun.Chaney caught GA by surprise being 50% roll out; play action when Crompton laid 40 points on them in our house..Long story short any expectations of GA being a lesser team than the one the one that embarrassed last year is out the window because they are playing with more confidence and drive than Ive seen in years!! GO VOLS; make my day!!!!!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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The Chihuahuas have not played a team like this one yet. VOLS by 10

CCLC writes:

"In epic asymmetric warfare between choking and throat-slashing gestures, Todd’s smothering defense gives Georgia the win by 14"

Whiskey_Wizard writes:

vicclllldzx

chuckfromwoodbury writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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Hi Jeff. I really wish you hadn't missed that block on the fake punt. Then maybe your sibling rivalry complex wouldn't spill over onto OUR website. That's right, you have been excommunicated from the Big Orange faithful.

MtJ_Orange writes:

Going over to a friend's house for a Big Orange Party to watch the game. Might have to step out of the room when UT punts though. I still think the Vols send the Leghumpers home with a loss. UT 31 UGA 27 GBO!

allvol8 writes:

Play hard Vols!

born2ride writes:

Playing at home the Vols should beat Georgia in a close one.

osbymartin75 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Wow how original...epic fail...

xvolx writes:

Well it's good that we have a good third down percentage, but it also means we aren't accomplishing anything on first and second down. This dog won't hunt against good teams. This offense needs more consistency.

ReVolver writes:

Have to be stouter against the run, have to get our young offensive players caught up with Bray.

Tell you one thing, though...I used to be concerned about the mental toughness of UT's teams under Fulmer, but I'm just not concerned about it anymore, given Coach Dooley's obvious emphasis on building the right attitude in our players.

Voluntyranny writes:

in response to Whiskey_Wizard:

vicclllldzx

well said

ACWLY writes:

Tennessee 28
Georgia 17
SEC upset of the week
(LSU destroying the Goners I mean Gators by +40 is big but certainly not an upset)

Digital5000 writes:

Don't know if everyone saw, but we picked up Danny O'Brien.

So lets hear some of you tell me he's not that good and Dooley will never make it recruiting.

From where I’m sitting, and that’s with a glass of whisky down in the big easy on my porch, I like what I see out of this recruiting class. Loading up on D.

-Enjoy Yoselves

keviningeorgia writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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Yep, it's Jeff Flower's. I can tell by his writing.

Voice of reason my foot. Voice of jealousy is more like it. Missed any blocks lately, back stabber?

keviningeorgia writes:

in response to Voluntyranny:

well said

Bartender!!!

I'll have what they're havin'...

volsince53 writes:

dooleys teams do not quit, that alone is enough to show improvement, they will win some games this month, sc with all that talent but under coached this year.

jt45 writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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Your delusional Ga fans make me laugh..."have not played a team like this one yet". You act like you root for an elite team.
UT's offense will dominate and its QB will pass for over 300 yds. Vols by 14.

Voice of Reality

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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Well they are elite. Just got to get it on track. GA will be trying to hire our coach around 10pm tonight.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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That was by the O'Jays, in case anyone was wondering.

txvolsfan writes:

Need to throw an early Bray-Maker to Da'Rick and let them Dawgs see what they missed out on!!!
GO VOLS
TXVOLSFAN

Also suit up Barbara Dooley, she could kick some Arse!!!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

I, for one, hope the Vols give UGA's punter ample opportunity to pursue a 2nd Ray Guy award! Stick it to 'em, Vols!!!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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Elite Team -- Team that doesn't give up 8 1/2 games to lose the Wild Card to the Tampa Bay Rays.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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Guess that is why Richt is about to be out on his Arse!!! and all the puppy fans have to say but he is a nice guy

a few Bray-Makers will be thrown and that is the voice of reason and truth!!!

cloudodust writes:

#6) Keep the crowd in it for 60 minutes.

There's been many a highly touted running back that have had a bad day against a Tennessee defense. May this be another.

Huttdawg100 writes:

On Offense: Georgia hasn't played a great QB since Kellen Moore with Boise St. He picked them apart. They've played Garcia, Relf, and that guy at Ole Miss. Bray is probably the best QB they'll face the rest of their season. Protect Bray, and our offense will score.

On defense:
They don't have the wide outs to make plays like AJ Green. They've got a pretty good tight end and they have Crowell (he's a freshman and he's going to make a mistake). I think we need to make sure Murray is as uncomfortable as possible. Last week, he showed a propensity to make a bad decision when under pressure from the defense front. He threw a pick six that would've gotten MS State back in the game if not for State's complete ineptitude on offense. Wilcox needs to start earning that raise he got.

east_tn_ntv writes:

Can't remember which year it was but I remember a game against FL where on the first offensive possession, UT lined up in the gun with four wideouts spread all over the field. Then the QB handed to the RB and he ran it right up the middle. FL never did figure out how to defend it during the game and UT racked up serious rushing yards. It would be nice to see something like that pulled out of Coach Chaney's hat. But then he gets paid a lot more than I do to pay attention to this stuff. I'm sure the coaches have been looking at how they can scheme differently to get the run game going.

keviningeorgia writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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Nail on the head, there Nacho!

Where I grew up people understood what loyalty meant. Not blind loyalty but loyalty.

It's certainly ok to disagree with the direction of the team you once played for. But to continually, publically bash them with unfounded accusations, with the hope of undermining what the staff is trying to build, just wasn't acceptable then or now.

That place where I grew up? East Tennessee, of course!

GO BIG ORANGE!

Vol43 writes:

And who is this new_englander fool? Probably a reincarnation of ole css himself. I predict a VOL win this evening. Bray gets in a groove and the dogs won't know what hit 'em. Young, Rogers and Arnett have big games. Bray lights 'em up!

Vol43 writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Well they are elite. Just got to get it on track. GA will be trying to hire our coach around 10pm tonight.

That thought has crossed my mind. I hope that doesn't happen.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

5 big things

1.) Don't be one dimensional

2.) Move the ball quickly to thwart the pass rush

3.) Man up on Orson Charles, gang up on Isaiah Crowell (in other words, don't use Zone to try to stop Orson Charles, put a man on him at all times)

4.) Make the breaks (We need more than just 3 and outs, force some turnovers)

5.) Come out hot on defense and try to pitch a shutout until atleast halftime.

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

Gotta be at work at 7 tonight. Will be watching game on play by play on cellphone. Yell loudly Vol Fans at the game and at home. They can hear you thru the tv not matter what your wife says. Vols roll tonight as the Dooley Era of Domination begins. GO VOLS!

TKO writes:

Special teams and turnovers. Someone tell Palardy the game is tomorrow.

LADAWG writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Nothing makes my season more than beating GA especially in Athens.I watched most of the replay of the MSU game last night and State didn't lose because they suck or played bad..MSU's front seven seemed bigger and much faster than ours.They had a very good defensive game plan.They blitzed a lot;disguised it pretty well;put 8 guys in the box at the right time and GA's Oline;Murray and Bobo just kept moving along..I wasn't real impressed with Crowell in the first 2 games but he's better and smarter now and can move the chains..Murray and Crowell have a very good line in front of them and they have the play action stuff down well!!I was a bit shocked at how aggressive and hungry the Ga defense played..For now I'll assume their secondary looked good because MSU's WR's aren't very good..We do have the best QB in the SEC and better WR's, but Chaney is going to have call a way better game than he has in the past..One thing I don't like about Chaney is he doesn't have a plan "B" ready if the initial game plan goes south or Bray is seeing ton's of pressure in the shotgun.Chaney caught GA by surprise being 50% roll out; play action when Crompton laid 40 points on them in our house..Long story short any expectations of GA being a lesser team than the one the one that embarrassed last year is out the window because they are playing with more confidence and drive than Ive seen in years!! GO VOLS; make my day!!!!!!

Finally a Vol fan that actually posted something that makes sense.

LADAWG writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Coulda woulda shoulda....see you after the game when Ga kicks TN butt. Bray 3 picks....dawns win by 24

givehim6 writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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Wow, yank first time I'v seen you on here as a troll, is this your best shot calling us rubes? If that is the best you got and best your teams got it will be last we see ya' yank. Have you not heard? Home team wins!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Vol43:

That thought has crossed my mind. I hope that doesn't happen.

Recruiting is going well and if coach wins even two in october Mr Hart needs to put some serious money on our coach

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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Right, I agree with you about second tier but it has been just since you learned to write. That would make you about 12 years old.

murrayvol writes:

in response to CCLC:

"In epic asymmetric warfare between choking and throat-slashing gestures, Todd’s smothering defense gives Georgia the win by 14"

Hello. My screen name is CCLC and I'm an alcoholic.

traderjoe writes:

Tn wins if they get 3 sacks and 4 hurries and Crowell gets less than a 100 yards. That simple.

757vol_fanatic writes:

in response to New_Englander:

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whoa whoa whoa....you live in the Northeast? And you spend time on a college football board? shouldn't you be preparing for march madness? When you live in a region where Vandy could win you should probably keep your mouth shut.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to 757vol_fanatic:

whoa whoa whoa....you live in the Northeast? And you spend time on a college football board? shouldn't you be preparing for march madness? When you live in a region where Vandy could win you should probably keep your mouth shut.

+1!!

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