John Adams: Vols won't go 0-for-October in SEC

John Adams

Georgia just another tough opponent in October for Dooley

The Georgia game isn't what it used to be for Tennessee.

It used to be the biggest challenge between Florida and Alabama. Now, it's the easiest SEC game of the month.

That says more about UT's October schedule than it does the Bulldogs. Its next two opponents are No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. Then comes No. 18 South Carolina.

Compared to them, Georgia is almost suitable for homecoming.

But don't get the wrong idea. The stakes are high for both teams.

If the game goes the Vols' way, they will have a great chance of improving on last year's 6-6 regular-season record. If it goes the Bulldogs' way, they likely will be tied for first in the SEC East.

No matter how the game and season turn out, both can look forward to next year. The Vols will start only four seniors; the Bulldogs, six.

Tennessee 30, Georgia 27: The Bulldogs have a more balanced offense, and superior defensive statistics. But they haven't faced a passer of Tyler Bray's caliber since Boise State's Kellen Moore riddled them in the season opener.

Neyland Stadium also could be a factor. The Bulldogs have lost 10 of their last 17 games away from Sanford Stadium.

LSU 27, Florida 13: The Gators and Vols can compare notes at the end of the month and decide who's better: LSU or Alabama?

The Gators warmed up for this afternoon's game by being knocked silly by Alabama. Their offense could be as overmatched today as it was last Saturday.

But in a best-case scenario, their starting quarterback will be able to walk off the field.

Freshman Jeff Driskel will start in place of injured John Brantley. You can tune in to CBS to see if he is healthy enough to finish.

Alabama 31, Vanderbilt 0: Headline from the Tennessean last week: "Despite struggles, Vanderbilt stands behind Larry Smith at quarterback."

That's about as newsy as "Leaves expected to change this month."

Seasons change. Vanderbilt coaches change. But Smith keeps struggling, and whoever is coaching him keeps standing behind him.

It's the most consistent theme in SEC football.

After four games, Smith's production has been so meager, you won't even notice a significant drop-off against Alabama.

Arkansas 38, Auburn 24: It's almost as though the Tigers' schedule is punishment for last year's national championship.

They already have played No. 8 Clemson and No. 18 South Carolina. Eventually, that might be remembered as the easy portion of their schedule.

After Arkansas, they play No. 17 Florida and No. 1 LSU. In November, they will play Georgia and No. 2 Alabama.

South Carolina 27, Kentucky 7: Ever hear of "Morgan Newton envy?"

I didn't think so.

But the way South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia performed over the last few weeks, you couldn't have blamed coach Steve Spurrier for coveting Kentucky's Newton, who has thrown three fewer interceptions than Garcia.

Spurrier has benched Garcia in favor of Connor Shaw. How familiar does that sound?

Mississippi State 30, UAB 13: Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen blames his team's lack of offensive production the last three games on poor execution. I blame it on Mississippi State's failure to schedule more teams like UAB.

No one complained about the Bulldogs lack of execution after they beat Memphis 59-14 in the season opener. And no one will complain about their offensive shortcomings after they are finished with UAB, which ranks 118th nationally in yards allowed per game.

Top 25: Oklahoma 38, Texas 20; Oklahoma State 56, Kansas 27; Stanford 48, Colorado 17; Clemson 41, Boston College 17; Michigan 45, Northwestern 34; Georgia Tech 42, Maryland 27; Nebraska 31, Ohio State 20; West Virginia 48, Connecticut 20; Illinois 34, Indiana 20; Missouri 34, Kansas State 30; Virginia Tech 27, Miami 23; Arizona State 27, Utah 20; Florida State 34, Wake Forest 17; Texas A&M 41, Texas Tech 37; Baylor 45, Iowa State 27.

Record: 91-16 (.855) overall, 58-32 (.644) 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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sameolvolalum writes:

Dawgs won't stop Bray. The noise will make it too "ruff" for them flea bitten mongrels. GBO!

Galaxie500XL writes:

A positive article from John Adams?

I'm stunned!

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

We are gonna get killed in october, and bray will get injured.

hbryant130#634726 writes:

John Adams is another Nostradamus.

He is able to predict the past...considering the Vols scheduled mighty Buffalo and won last week (October 1st)

VolinCalif writes:

Naaa. John is always pretty good. We just love to bash him.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to ROCKYTOPBRAD:

We are gonna get killed in october, and bray will get injured.

Wow!! what a positive attitude!!Let's just cancel all of our games in Oct. and totally skip those games because we can for sure avoid Bray getting injured..Seriously, Bray could get injured in any given game not just against the more physical teams..If we go around worrying about him getting injured, then you won't be able to enjoy watching him throw TD pass after TD pass..While your concern is understandable, don't worry about things you can't control,Brad.

Smokey says that is the best advice that one Vol fan can give to another Vol fan..

TartanShuttle writes:

I'll be there for my 1st game since 1985. I hope Adams is correct and expect us to win.

As I said in a more lengthy post, with six automatic wins on this schedule, it won't be Tennessee football, if we don't win at least two of our remaing six more challenging games. Anything less won't indicate progress - 8-4 is the minimum.

GBO

VOLKING writes:

in response to hbryant130#634726:

John Adams is another Nostradamus.

He is able to predict the past...considering the Vols scheduled mighty Buffalo and won last week (October 1st)

People, look at the title again before making idiots of yourselves. He said they won't go 0-for in "the SEC"!!!!! Last time I checked, mighty Buffalo is not in the SEC.

vol888 writes:

I like the your thinking on the UT/GA game John I think?

tenacjim#211887 writes:

in response to hbryant130#634726:

John Adams is another Nostradamus.

He is able to predict the past...considering the Vols scheduled mighty Buffalo and won last week (October 1st)

The article refers to SEC games (Vols won't go o-for October in SEC). "Mighty Buffalo" isn't an SEC team....

arkyvol writes:

i think we will find out for real if there's any there there in dooley or whether he's just another of hapless hammy's heirlooms.

hope i'm wrong, but my money is on the latter. hambone made screwup a fine art.

DalTexVol writes:

Dallas Morning News says Vols-21 Dawgs-20. Hope they are right!

slb#1351874 writes:

Ahmen brother I feel it all the way down here in Lizardville, Florida.

SGTSpurge writes:

Mr. Adams isn't saying that beating Georgia will keep us from going 0-for-October, as in guaranteeing us at least 1 win this month. He is saying that we won't go 0-for-October in SEC play. There is a difference. The Buffalo game has nothing to do with it. Last I checked, Buffalo isn't in the SEC, although with all this conference realignment stuff going on, that may change next week. You never know, these days... .

CheckerBoardMeanMachine writes:

in response to TartanShuttle:

I'll be there for my 1st game since 1985. I hope Adams is correct and expect us to win.

As I said in a more lengthy post, with six automatic wins on this schedule, it won't be Tennessee football, if we don't win at least two of our remaing six more challenging games. Anything less won't indicate progress - 8-4 is the minimum.

GBO

Couldnt agree more with all your post! Even Michigan is 5-0 and back in the top 25 after being down and out for a few. And before everybody rips that sentence saying oooooo they dont play in the SEC, the VOLS have been playing like they are not an SEC calibre team. And until we start throwing our weight around in this conference again like we used to season after season then we have not made ANY progress. 8-4 minimum or we are still treading water!

VolBy3 writes:

Great :-( The Adams pick. The pick of death. He only picks the Vols to make them lose. Come on Vols! Lets block his strategy and kick some puppy butt around!!

All4VOLS!!

seadaddy writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Is that you again Lady Gaga,seeking attention?

VolBy3 writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Light years trekie? Lay off the red for a day or two and you will be able to see that this team and coaching staff is getting very close. We're looking for that confidence building win, a recruit or two, and then the championships will soon follow. No road is so long that it doesn't have turns. Look out! The Vols are coming round the corner!!

All4VOLS!!

chuckfromwoodbury writes:

Seems to me the only one going 0 fer Oct. is Jeff Flowers. If you had just executed that block Jeff, the fake punt would have worked.

keviningeorgia writes:

There you have it!!!! Adams just predicted the Vols will go 4 - 0 in Oct.

Way to go John Adams! You are my hero!

PS - And several of my Georgia neighbors said to tell you "you got a purdy mouth." They said you would know what they meant...

born2ride writes:

The Vols can beat Georgia at home and get 7 wins this season. If not, Dooley goes 6-6 again and we play in a tiny bowl.

Go Big Orange!

VolBy3 writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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I see the glass half full, you see it half empty. The good in being the pessimist that you are is that the only two outcomes for you are either being proven right or being pleasantly surprised. The bottom line is, I hope I'm right and you're wrong. Time will tell.

All4VOLS!!

ReVolver writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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So you are so very certain that he is wrong in saying our team and staff are going in the right direction?

What exactly are you basing that on?

I've seen some very positive signs from our staff and team...need a little longer to get our recruits built back up and we'll be right in the hunt.

OldNumber7 writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Based on the recent 4 star committ list - I'd tone down and not use the word "programs" light years ahead. Those teams have ton of experience and depth, something we cannot buy...only time and experience will fix this. If these young players (freshmen and sophomores) are "competitive" this year..it's a complete victory. Everyone's minds are getting foggy on this board. This year has never been about wins or losses but competitiveness and readying for 2012 and 2013. But keep in mind, Dooley's 4 star recruits right now won't be experienced until 2014 and in some cases 2015. Remember, we have freshmen returning kick offs and freshmen linebackers starting. You better be patient and look deeper than "W" or "L" when you judge Dooley this year.

keviningeorgia writes:

All kiddin' aside, John Adams. That 58 - 32 (.644 winning percentage) against the spread is good work!

tn_rockytop writes:

in response to hbryant130#634726:

John Adams is another Nostradamus.

He is able to predict the past...considering the Vols scheduled mighty Buffalo and won last week (October 1st)

haha you idiot he said (0)for in sec in october

murrayvol writes:

in response to TheBlue:

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At last you have seen the light. Takes longer for the mentally challenged.

murrayvol writes:

in response to VolBy3:

I see the glass half full, you see it half empty. The good in being the pessimist that you are is that the only two outcomes for you are either being proven right or being pleasantly surprised. The bottom line is, I hope I'm right and you're wrong. Time will tell.

All4VOLS!!

He's not a pessimist, an optimist, or a fan.

He's a brain half full troll with no place else to go.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Wanna revise your prediction now, Mr. Adams?

Beating UGa was our best shot. A catastrophe would have to befall our remaining opponents, and we'd need to suit-up a few old players from the NFL for an SEC October "W" at this point.

bigdawg88 writes:

in response to ROCKYTOPBRAD:

We are gonna get killed in october, and bray will get injured.

Dang! Are you Nostradamus? Can you send me the scores for next week's game?
Man, this is really spooky reading this the day after it happened. Hope they don't blame you for "cursing" him or something.
Sorry about Bray, hope his backup does a good job the rest of the month.

BurlSipes writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Actually, UT does have an occasional 'lost' or 'throw-away' season, just like most every other program does from time-to-time. In fact, I'd say this makes at least the second one you've had in the past two years. It just takes time to rebuild when your program gets as far down as UT's has fallen in the past four or five years.
And No, I don't think Dooley will be in any 'trouble' this year, unless they just go 0fer the rest of the season.
The last thing the athletic powers at UT want right now is to make another coaching change anywhere.

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