John Adams: Vols should make it quick and easy for Tide

Tennessee can learn something from Ole Miss.

Look what the Rebels did last Saturday against Alabama. They drove 72 yards for a touchdown on their first possession.

How stupid was that?

All that did was infuriate the No. 2 Tide, which spent the rest of the game punishing the Rebels in a 52-7 victory.

The Rebels' only chance was overconfidence on Alabama's part. The Vols have the same chance on Saturday night.

And that chance would be enhanced by a quick, easy score for Alabama.

I'm not suggesting UT should let Alabama score. The NCAA might frown on such creativity. But if the Tide does score quickly and easily, so much the better for the Vols.

As a 27-point favorite and with four consecutive victories in the series, Alabama already should be susceptible to overconfidence. If it scores with little opposition, it would be more susceptible.

UT should remember that from last season when LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson ran up the middle for 83 yards and a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. His path was so clear, he must have thought he was running the wrong way at some point. Right away, the favored Tigers probably started wondering how they would hold down the score.

And the Vols spent the rest of the game playing well enough to win before losing on the last play by two points.

Longtime UT fans have an even better example. They can remember when the Vols routed heavily favored Miami 35-7 in the Sugar Bowl.

The rout began with a quick, easy touchdown for the Hurricanes.

Alabama 33, Tennessee 7: The Vols blew it last year against Alabama when they scored the game's first touchdown on a 59-yard run by Tauren Poole. That also was their last touchdown in a 41-10 defeat.

Arkansas 49, Ole Miss 20: Coach Bobby Petrino has had two weeks to prepare for the Rebels. He needed about two minutes.

Never mind how good the Razorbacks are offensively. No way the Rebels will give up 50 or more points in back-to-back games.

LSU 34, Auburn 14: LSU's suspension of leading rusher Spencer Ware and defensive star Tyrann Mathieu has been the story of the week. Its depth of talent likely be the story of the game — as it was in the season opener against Oregon.

Playing without three starters, the Tigers beat the top-10 Ducks by 13 points.

Vanderbilt 34, Army 24: The Commodores have so many losing streaks in play, their one against service academies is often overlooked. Vanderbilt has lost three consecutive games to service-academy teams, including a 16-13 overtime loss to Army two years ago.

In the second half of the season, the Commodores also will have a chance to end losing streaks against Arkansas (2 games), Florida (20), Kentucky (2), Tennessee (5) and Wake Forest (3).

Kentucky 23, Jacksonville State 17: An open date followed by a game with an FCS team: That qualifies as momentum for the Wildcats, who reportedly have applied to both FEMA and basketball coach John Calipari for disaster relief.

Top 25: Oklahoma 52, Texas Tech 24; Oklahoma State 38, Missouri 27; Wisconsin 34, Michigan State 23; Oregon 61, Colorado 17; Boise State 49, Air Force 17; Clemson 38, North Carolina 24; Stanford 45, Washington 24; Kansas State 45, Kansas 31; Nebraska 45, Minnesota 17; Notre Dame 34, Southern California 27; Texas A&M 45, Iowa State 20; Virginia Tech 35, Boston College 17; Miami 34, Georgia Tech 30; Houston 42, Marshall 20.

Record: 121-22 (.846) overall, 80-49 (.621) 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 » 52

Esau writes:

We might stand a chance if the game was a sudden death first to score from opening kickoff,,, no wait I forgot about our kicker.

RussellP (Inactive) writes:

Adams is wrong on ND-Southern Cal and wrong on Miami-Georgia Tech.

mikec1000000 writes:

It sounds as though Adams would like nothing better than for the Vols to simply throw up a white flag, call Saban and tell him that we just dont see the point in even wasting the expenses on the trip.

waustin writes:

Please don't hide your feelings John. Heh.

SmokeDog1972 writes:

With the run blocking ability of our O-Line, Poole is liable to get hit so hard my TV will get knocked off the wall.

I may be going to bed early tomorrow night...

vol49 writes:

Adams you can make it quick and easy too. Throw your PC in the trash and move far away.

schymtz writes:

Alabama 33, Tennessee 7? John must be speaking of a "moral" victory just to "T" off the cheering section.

dwa7#337691 writes:

early predict:

UT 16
Bammer 31

wagee12 writes:

Hey John, if you are really 80-49 against the spread, it begs the question, why are you still writing when you could already be independantly wealthy by betting on the games! BTW, thanks, I'm sure those young kids at UT really appreciate you dissing them again.

bemami writes:

in response to RussellP:

Adams is wrong on ND-Southern Cal and wrong on Miami-Georgia Tech.

Maybe. Or maybe you just hate ND even more than you hate Lane Kiffin? Go Irish.

TheStupidPolice writes:

Adams has written some real pieces of trash over the years, but this takes the cake. This article is an absolute embarrassment coming from the sports editor of the hometown newspaper. Even if UT is over matched and destined for a butt whoopin', you don't write phooey like this. JOHN ADAMS YOU ARE UNDER ARREST FOR STUPIDITY.

SGTSpurge writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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I think you're right here. UF, UGA, and LSU have all been close at the half, at least enough to make me start to think UT might have a chance. But for some reason, each of those games have seen big plays for the other teams to open the second half. I do think it's a lot to do with inexperience on the part of many UT players. If UT can keep it close at the half tomorrow and show even a little improvement in the second half, I'll consider that progress. It'll also give me a little hope for USCe and more hope for Arky. I don't see UT beating Alabama, but I do think that USCe and Arky are now toss-ups, with probable W's for MTSU, Vandy, and the streak against UK remaining in tact.

spvol writes:

I used to think Adams was about half smart; I was giving him too much credit by 50%.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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That fine print was for the Gators halftime score against Bama. And it gave too much credit to the Gators.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

I meant LSU

tdvol1989 writes:

Why does everyone rag Adams so much? After the pathetic display at home last week - because of our youth - why would you expect anything different this week ... on the road?

Sure LSU has a better passing game than Bama. And, we played Ware pretty well. And, Simms got his 1st start this year out of the way. So, theoretically, we could play Bama a little better. But, until the young guys stop playing so bad, we cannot expect much. Remember, it's all about the youth on the team. Doom and Gloom, Doom and Gloom. We have too much Youth. You can get better each week. But, you cannot turn your Freshman into Seniors. So, we have to play bad until next year.

Of course, next year we will have NEW freshman on the team. Then, we have a Youth problem again. Are we going to have freshman every year?

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

We have nothing to lose..UT has had a history of being an underdog not having a chance of even keeping it close,much less win and has pulled off a miracle,ex:UT vs. Miami in the 1985 Sugar Bowl..I'm not saying that will happen tomorrow; but as I have said many times before, that is why they play the game..The Vols WILL play hard and give it all they got..You just never know, they might surprise us by pulling off the upset...But realistically, probably not gonna happen this year.

Sorry guys:
Bama 41
Vols 14(if Simms plays better)

Smokey says just give it all you got and leave everything on the field..

GONAVY writes:

in response to vol49:

Adams you can make it quick and easy too. Throw your PC in the trash and move far away.

Good one!

abnerPeabody writes:

Ala 49 Tn. 3

GiveHimSixMoreYears writes:

Saban 59
Doofus 3

Tennessee is now a 30.5 underdog to the Tide. It won't be that close. By the way, for all you Doolittle lovers, that makes us a bigger dog than Vandy was. How do you like that kind of progress.

Willis writes:

Phillip Fulmer would whip Joan Adams asz in a cage match.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Tonight is like a prisoner awaiting execution the next day.

Willis writes:

"His path was so clear, he must have thought he was running the wrong way at some point."
I give you props on that one johnny

Willis writes:

in response to jandjhome#228397:

Tonight is like a prisoner awaiting execution the next day.

Not for me and 10 other folks rolling out in the morning. We're still The University of Tennessee!

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

johnboy could make it easy for alot of readers and LEAVE!

snuffysmiff writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

Saban 59
Doofus 3

Tennessee is now a 30.5 underdog to the Tide. It won't be that close. By the way, for all you Doolittle lovers, that makes us a bigger dog than Vandy was. How do you like that kind of progress.

GiveHimSixMoreYears = Vandy fan.
You've tipped your hand showing up here within 72 hours after Vandy's shoulda woulda coulda moral victory over UGA, making comparisons of Vandy vs. Team X and UT vs. Team X. I've heard this from Vandy fans all my life and that's a long time.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

I can still remember the words of Keith Jackson after Miami scored the first, and only, td they would score that day...."And the rout is on!" What a glorious memory in the grand history of UT football. Unfortunately, Sat.'s game will be a memory we will soon want to forget. Just hope we can return more players to Ktown than we leave in the ER. Maybe we get 1 offensive td, but I believe no more than 10 pts. if we don't turn it over. I had predicted 3 turnovers against LSU, and I feel like Bama will force at least that many. So many great memories from this series, but this will not be one BO fans will care to remember. 48-10 Bama

SEC1 writes:

in response to jandjhome#228397:

Tonight is like a prisoner awaiting execution the next day.

lmao.. might be the post of the year!

underthehill writes:

in response to Willis:

Not for me and 10 other folks rolling out in the morning. We're still The University of Tennessee!

Don't let em talk you guys into puttin on a uniform..

born2ride writes:

Maybe we can claim a moral victory if Bama does not beat us by more than 30 points.

ScottEmge writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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"Adams, once again doing everything he can to undo our coaches' attempts to convince the players they can win."

Coach's attempts to convince our players they can win? If the coaches made some attempts to teach our players how to wrap up when they tackle, to snap a ball properly in the shotgun, to catch a pass even if it means jumping or diving, etc...
we might actually have some chance of beating someone besides chump teams.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

I'm old enuf to remember pre-Pottamus fading when we where considered a force in the SEC.

Since Wyoming we've had a major problem recruiting linemen, D and O.

I love me some Vols and I'll pull hard for them tomorrow.

A better future is ahead.

GBO.

ScottEmge writes:

in response to Willis:

Phillip Fulmer would whip Joan Adams asz in a cage match.

Only if John Adams was wearing a jacket covered with Krispy Kreme donuts.

dislikethemtrolls writes:

in response to Willis:

Not for me and 10 other folks rolling out in the morning. We're still The University of Tennessee!

GO WILLIS GO!!!! All "The Sky Is Falling" posters on here tonight. Heck, why don't we just forfeit the game. I'll be watching start to finish. Proud to be a VFL!!!!

murrayvol writes:

in response to Willis:

Phillip Fulmer would whip Joan Adams asz in a cage match.

"Joan", maybe. John, he'd never catch him.

tovolny writes:

Stupid...the word that comes to mind when I read Long John's item. If Tennessee was the ranked team and Alabama not, then John would be talking about tradition and how one should not count out the underdog in any SEC matchup.

How can we get John to move to another state? I'll put up $500. If enough of us come up with a CHEST, he might take it and leave town. He knows too much on the KNS brass for them to run him off. Does anybody else have any ideas?

murrayvol writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

I'm old enuf to remember pre-Pottamus fading when we where considered a force in the SEC.

Since Wyoming we've had a major problem recruiting linemen, D and O.

I love me some Vols and I'll pull hard for them tomorrow.

A better future is ahead.

GBO.

+1

The sun will come up on Sunday.

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to ScottEmge:

"Adams, once again doing everything he can to undo our coaches' attempts to convince the players they can win."

Coach's attempts to convince our players they can win? If the coaches made some attempts to teach our players how to wrap up when they tackle, to snap a ball properly in the shotgun, to catch a pass even if it means jumping or diving, etc...
we might actually have some chance of beating someone besides chump teams.

Right...because despite their NFL experience, our coaches would never think to teach any of that. Send them a resume...a football mind like yours would be a terrible thing to waste

DannyVol writes:

This is govolsopponents.com

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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At this point, ut's running game would LOVE six more inches.

BustaRhymes writes:

UT 52 Bama 3

Key to victory: spike their Gatorade w/ Ex-lax. It’s Doo-ley’s only hope.

ACWLY writes:

in response to vol49:

Adams you can make it quick and easy too. Throw your PC in the trash and move far away.

Yea, FAR FAR away, please GO quickly, and take the rest of the NON-Vols at KNS with you.

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

Thanks for being on our side as usual John. Ever think of moving somewhere?

retiredgrocer#1397986 writes:

I would like to see Tennessee keep it close. We need something at this point in the season, even if it is only a moral victory. Alabama has a lot of horses and our ponies wear out quickly. Maybe in this game they will dig deeply and pull out some second half grit and maybe the coaching staff can pull out some razzle dazzle to keep Bama off balance and maybe that will give the fans some hope for next season.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to tdvol1989:

Why does everyone rag Adams so much? After the pathetic display at home last week - because of our youth - why would you expect anything different this week ... on the road?

Sure LSU has a better passing game than Bama. And, we played Ware pretty well. And, Simms got his 1st start this year out of the way. So, theoretically, we could play Bama a little better. But, until the young guys stop playing so bad, we cannot expect much. Remember, it's all about the youth on the team. Doom and Gloom, Doom and Gloom. We have too much Youth. You can get better each week. But, you cannot turn your Freshman into Seniors. So, we have to play bad until next year.

Of course, next year we will have NEW freshman on the team. Then, we have a Youth problem again. Are we going to have freshman every year?

What a bunch of tripe! Your last paragraph was lame. This year, the freshmen are playing everywhere because they HAVE to play if the Vols are to field a complete team. Next year, the freshmen will be experienced sophomores and the only freshmen who play will be the ones who can be GOOD fill-ins. It's one thing to break in a FEW freshmen among a generally experienced squad; it's quite another when you have to play them in bunches because there ARE no experienced players. If you can't understand that, there is no help for you.

Go_Big_O writes:

You know, I'm beginning to suspect that BodeaneVol, GiveHimSixMore, Merlotvol, and now this orange pants BOGO are all the same person. It used to be CantStandSaban and several other names. He's just playing games to get us riled up. But it's working. The best way to handle him is the same way you deal with a little kid who is throwing a tantrum - just ignore him, he'll become bored and stop.

UTKin1992 writes:

"Shoot him? Oh no, don't shoot him. That'll just make him mad." - Blazzing Saddles.

BTW, I'm not surprised to see the garden variety, blindly optimistic nutso fans whooping it up as if we have a chance to win.

Pipe_Down_Otis writes:

Hey, if Vandy can hold them to 14 points down there for a half, then there is no reason we can't give them a game, too.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Agree with you, MerIOT. But last week was the week I really felt confident. I even posted that I thought the line should have been closer to 21-24 pts. Just hope I am wrong about this one; there was a time I really looked forward to this weekend because I knew the BO would not just compete, but would just as likely triumph.

CroKev writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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"... and frankly, a receiver that can't jump up in the air and land in open space without a season ending injury is not good either."

This is what you wrote on another post. 'Nuff said.

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