John Adams: Montana might not provide much advance information for 2011 season

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Dan Proctor draws the start of the Tennessee football season

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Dan Proctor draws the start of the Tennessee football season

Remember when Tennessee's season openers were informative?

It wasn't that long ago — just three years, in fact.

In 2008, the Vols opened their season by wasting four first-half interceptions and blowing a fourth-quarter lead in an overtime loss to UCLA, whose dearth of talent had been compounded by one serious injury after another. Right then, you probably had a hunch the Vols weren't bound for glory — or even the Chick-fil-A bowl.

Don't expect tonight's opener at Neyland Stadium to be as illuminating, although Montana might be an improvement over the last two opening opponents, whom the Vols beat with such ease that a spring-game rerun would have provided more insight.

You want insight and information? Wait till next week. You want to revel in an inflated victory? Then, bring on the Montana Grizzlies, the No. 2-ranked team in their state and a slight upgrade over UT Martin (2010) and Western Kentucky (2009).

Tennessee 50, Montana 13: After outscoring the Skyhawks and Hilltoppers 113-7 combined in the last two openers, what's another half a 100?

LSU 24, Oregon 20: You could call today's game in Arlington, Texas, the Willie Lyles Bowl. He's the "scouting director" who supposedly has been helpful to both the Ducks and Tigers in their recruiting.

After tonight, Oregon might want a partial refund on that $25,000 it paid Lyle. Compared to LSU, it got shortchanged on linemen.

It also might have gotten shortchanged on shoes based on the 49 pairs that police found in the apartment of suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. He apparently had everything but getaway shoes.

Georgia 27, Boise State 20: Mark Richt's coaching hot seat will reach scorching proportions if the Bulldogs lose their first two games. This will be the best opportunity for a coolant, because SEC East favorite South Carolina is up next.

South Carolina 45, East Carolina 20: It's a close call whether Gamecocks senior quarterback Stephen Garcia has been a bigger newsmaker or playmaker in his college career. He has been suspended more times than Derek Watson and completed more passes than all but two South Carolina quarterbacks. After all the incidents and completions, he's still competing for a starting job in the opening game of his final season.

Alabama 45, Kent State 7: Coach Nick Saban's alma mater should consider the day a success if it manages to get Tide running back Trent Richardson on the ground at least once.

Florida 45, Florida Atlantic 7: The Gators' offense should be well ahead of last year's pace by the end of the day. They didn't have 30 yards after three quarters of the 2010 season opener against Miami of Ohio.

Vanderbilt 34, Elon 7: It's all good for the Commodores. Not only is this a sure win, they don't have to worry about Elon fans taking over their stadium.

Auburn 41, Utah State 17: A huge drop-off is expected from the Tigers after their 14-0 national championship season. But Auburn's millionaire offensive magician Gus Malzahn is full of surprises. Maybe he can make another athletic 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback appear.

Arkansas 55, Missouri State 10: Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino has three things in common with former Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt. Both of their fathers were coaches, both like to call plays and both have benefited from playing Missouri State.

BYU 27, Ole Miss 24: The real rebels will be on the visitors' sideline at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Cougars have declared their independence from all conference affiliations and will fly solo through the 2011 season.

The Ole Miss Rebels are perfectly content to stay on SEC welfare.

Top 25: Oklahoma 58, Tulsa 27; Florida State 51, UL Monroe 7; Stanford 48, San Jose State 10; Oklahoma State 57, UL Lafayette 7; Texas A&M 41, SMU 30; Nebraska 48, Chattanooga 0; Virginia Tech 42, Appalachian State 13; Ohio State 48, Akron 7; Notre Dame 30, South Florida 23; Missouri 32, Miami (Ohio) 16; West Virginia 37, Marshall 13; USC 38, Minnesota 13.

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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volbike writes:

IT will be much closer than JA thinks.

Montana is a perennial small college power.

They will come in believing they can win against an opponent that is very unsure of itself and UT is still transitioning to a new coach, players, system, etc.
Maybe the crowd will intimidate them, but I doubt it.

cloudodust writes:

Mr Adams : Starting Saturday they all count. No, it isn't as nationally glorified as UGA-Boise or LSU-Oregon for the non-Vol fan, but for us, IT'S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE...Saturday begins anew their progress toward winning the East and a SEC championship. Very soon, Grasshopper. Let us pray...GBO

govols1234567 writes:

Does anyone know a link for this game aside from espn3?

DannyVol writes:

John Adams might not provide much advance information for any season.

tovolny writes:

Is anybody cheering as the old John Adams comes back to life? The silk purse out of the pig's ear saying appears to still be valid.

Remember, always examine what the purpose is of a news article. In this case, it seems to me that what John is saying is: "the Vols and most of the other SEC teams are playing easy opponents while the mighty LSU Tigers are playing a high ranked team. He knows that Montana will not be that much of a push-over because he is waiting to tear the Vols up for not scoring a 100 points. To my surprise, he did mention the Geogia game with Boise State without giving them any credit at all...just a few slashes with his mighty sword so as not to distract from his mighty tigers.

Notice that he also placed the Proctor Titanic cartoon with his item. The Proctor stuff does not set well with me although I have tried very hard to get a feel of comedy from them. They somehow come cross as putting the Vols in a bad light.

What can we DO to send this biased _______ back to the BAYOU?

The_Real_Orange writes:

in response to tovolny:

Is anybody cheering as the old John Adams comes back to life? The silk purse out of the pig's ear saying appears to still be valid.

Remember, always examine what the purpose is of a news article. In this case, it seems to me that what John is saying is: "the Vols and most of the other SEC teams are playing easy opponents while the mighty LSU Tigers are playing a high ranked team. He knows that Montana will not be that much of a push-over because he is waiting to tear the Vols up for not scoring a 100 points. To my surprise, he did mention the Geogia game with Boise State without giving them any credit at all...just a few slashes with his mighty sword so as not to distract from his mighty tigers.

Notice that he also placed the Proctor Titanic cartoon with his item. The Proctor stuff does not set well with me although I have tried very hard to get a feel of comedy from them. They somehow come cross as putting the Vols in a bad light.

What can we DO to send this biased _______ back to the BAYOU?

If he wrote about the Vols the exact thing he wrote about LSU and Oregon, you would have bashed him for insinuating the Vols cheated. So who has the agenda?

GONAVY writes:

45-3 Vols. Next.

vut56#231073 writes:

Adams is correct in that we may not know much, either way; he just took the wrong tack. While not true in every case, college football offers more opportunities for upsets than one might think. The ASU-Michigan game a few years ago might appear a fluke, but in reality, ASU plays good football and Michigan was down...as that year proved. Point being, Montana is probably better than we might think and it is true we do not know about the Vols. So, Adams, as suggested, will hop on it if the Vols do not win by 50, but, in reality, if they play fairly well but win by much less, it might not tell us much..as JA suggests; he just put the wrong spin on it. A well played game, which should be the goal, that does not result in a blowout will not mean we cannot be competitive with our schedule.

tovolny writes:

in response to The_Real_Orange:

If he wrote about the Vols the exact thing he wrote about LSU and Oregon, you would have bashed him for insinuating the Vols cheated. So who has the agenda?

OKAY, thanks for setting me straight John.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

in response to govols1234567:

Does anyone know a link for this game aside from espn3?

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

johnadams is useless as tits on a borehog

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

We could call it the "Lyles Bowl?" That's a very funny remark, John. ESPN had an article three days ago that coined the phrase "Lyles Bowl," concerning the LSU/Oregon game.

transplantiam writes:

Well, John was right about everything except Boise did beat Georgia! We need to shore up our defense. If we can do that, we can beat anyone with just a couple of breaks. People can say what they want but Tyler Bray is as accurate a qb as I as I have seen since ..here goes...Peyton Manning! He really showed just how he can zip a ball or throw with touch tonight. He's still got a lot to learn, but the kid is good.

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