Mike Strange: SEC powerhouse? Vols hope O'Brien is right

North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien watches during the first half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game against Louisville in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien watches during the first half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game against Louisville in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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Twice during a Tuesday teleconference, North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien referred to Tennessee as "an SEC powerhouse.''

Five years ago I wouldn't have blinked. Now, it occurs to me that O'Brien was either thinking long-term tradition or viewing the SEC as a one-size-fits-all juggernaut.

Which, of course, it's not. But O'Brien isn't the first to make that generalization in the era of six consecutive SEC national titles.

Friday night, O'Brien's Wolfpack meets Derek Dooley's Vols in the first of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games at the Georgia Dome. Auburn and Clemson complete the SEC vs. ACC season-opening extravaganza on Saturday.

This is the fifth year of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, an idea born to launch the college season with a marquee TV game and to fill Atlanta hotel rooms. The SEC is 3-0 vs. the ACC thus far. Last year, Georgia lost to Boise State.

Tennessee is a slight favorite over State. But "SEC powerhouse" is generous under the circumstances.

The three SEC triumphs in this format came from teams that went on to average 11.3 wins (LSU 11 in 2010, Alabama 14 in 2009 and Alabama 12 in 2008).

The Vols averaged six wins during those three seasons. As for 2012, eight wins would be viewed as at least a moderate success.

The point being this Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game isn't a clash of titans.

What it is, is a match of two pretty good clubs who are optimistic that 2012 will be their respective programs' best season in a while.

"If training camp is any indication,'' Dooley said, "I think we'll be a team that's fun to watch.

But, Dooley cautioned: "We've got our hands full.''

He's right, if for no other reason that UT's dismal record against the ACC in recent years — 1-4 since the 1998 Fiesta Bowl win over Florida State.

The Vols and Wolfpack haven't met since 1939 but share a few similarities in 2012. Namely, they appear to be pass-first offenses.

Quarterbacks Tyler Bray of UT and Mike Glennon of N.C. State stand out in stature and statistics. They even shared time over the summer at the Manning Passing Academy.

"It's unusual the opposing team has a quarterback of the same ilk as yours,'' said O'Brien. "So your secondary gets a good look for the quarterback you're going to have to play in the opening game.''

Bray, Dooley said, "has been outstanding" in camp. "His maturity as it relates to football has been great.''

Dooley has his fingers crossed that Bray will make mature decisions against a larcenous Wolfpack secondary. Cornerback David Amerson alone recorded an amazing 13 interceptions last year.

"What those guys do best is make you pay for any mistakes,'' Dooley said. "We've got to be very careful with the ball and not get ambitious pushing that ball downfield.''

As for pushing his own offense downfield, O'Brien admitted to watching a fair amount of Alabama videotape to get a feel for Sal Sunseri's impact on Tennessee's defense. Would it, in fact, be a 3-4 based front?

"We weren't sure until the depth chart came out,'' O'Brien said.

The Vols will wear orange Friday night, the Wolfpack red. "I don't think it has any impact on our perspective,'' Dooley said.

But then it might, he worried, perhaps thinking of Amerson:

"If our guys think red looks like orange, we'll be in trouble.''

Mike Strange may be reached at strangem@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/strangemike44 and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/strange.

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VFL_Troll_Patrol writes:

Red look like orange? Only if the player is color blind. But I do see where the line can be blurred in fast paced situations. But I don't see that being an issue If they just go out and play tough and smart.

Friday is so close I can feel it!!! Go Vols!

*Im always watching*
*Shock the world*

The War Begins 10/20
http://triplethreat123.wix.com/tt

mdvol writes:

I only wish this game was on something better than ESPNU so more than 12 people could watch the VOLS put the smackdown on The Pack.

Fortunately I'll be one of the 75,000 screaming VOL fans at the Dome.

VOLS hang 100 in the first 2 games. Start 4-0.

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

If NC State still wears the red helmets like they finished out the year in last year it will look like the old UT versus Bama games back in the late 60s. Cool for us old timers.

OrangePsyched writes:

We're not a powerhouse yet but are on the verge with this team. Coaches always talk up the other team. I am ready to see if we are as good as I think we may be. This is the most optimistic that I have heard CDD talk. We are going to lay the smackdown and bring the packdown.

BigbearVol writes:

I can't wait for battle of the unbeatens. It's been a loooooong off-season. Enough talk, let's get down to the slober KNOCKIN!! #GBO

copia69296 writes:

I hope DD was joking about the Orange-Red confusion. Why not just wear white and not have to worry about it?

tovolny writes:

Greedy butterflies, upon finding a new field of flowers, usually get lost or eat themselves to death. Smarter butterflies develop teams and by working together enjoy the feast all season. Let's hope it is still a wonderful day in the neighborhood after Friday night. I see a close game and think the Vols will pull in their first win.

DannyVol writes:

Funny thing is, with all this talk about the quarterbacks, the team who runs the ball best will most likely win. Would not be surprised at all to see us run it between the tackles a lot more than what's expected.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

Copy and Paste From the National Handicapping publication "The Gold Sheet" Their 3 star best bet..

North Carolina St. 28 - Tennessee 21
UT’s under-fire 3rd-year HC
Derek Dooley counting on 7 new assistants, including defensive guru Sal
Sunseri, who’s switching from a 4-3 to his proven 3-4 scheme. But with Vol “D”
(4.7 ypc allowed; only 16 sacks LY) on learning curve, support ACC contender
NCS, feeding off momentum from 6-2 finish in 2011. Wolfpack’s highly productive
6-6 sr. QB Mike Glennon (3,054 YP, 31 TDs, 12 ints. LY) benefits
from return of soph RB Mustafa Greene (597 YR as true frosh in 2010; missed
LY due to foot injury), who teams up with versatile sr. RB James Washington
(897 YR, 42 catches LY). UT’s run game still iffy (116th in rushing LY), while
suspension of all-SEC WR Da’Rick Rodgers (67 catches, 9 TDs LY) makes it
rougher for Vols’ skillful 6-6 QB Tyler Bray to attack NCS’s amazing ball-snatching
secondary (school-record 27 ints. LY), spearheaded by A-A sr. CB David Amerson
(ACC-record 13 picks LY!). (at Georgia Dome)

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Copy and Paste From the National Handicapping publication "The Gold Sheet" Their 3 star best bet..

North Carolina St. 28 - Tennessee 21
UT’s under-fire 3rd-year HC
Derek Dooley counting on 7 new assistants, including defensive guru Sal
Sunseri, who’s switching from a 4-3 to his proven 3-4 scheme. But with Vol “D”
(4.7 ypc allowed; only 16 sacks LY) on learning curve, support ACC contender
NCS, feeding off momentum from 6-2 finish in 2011. Wolfpack’s highly productive
6-6 sr. QB Mike Glennon (3,054 YP, 31 TDs, 12 ints. LY) benefits
from return of soph RB Mustafa Greene (597 YR as true frosh in 2010; missed
LY due to foot injury), who teams up with versatile sr. RB James Washington
(897 YR, 42 catches LY). UT’s run game still iffy (116th in rushing LY), while
suspension of all-SEC WR Da’Rick Rodgers (67 catches, 9 TDs LY) makes it
rougher for Vols’ skillful 6-6 QB Tyler Bray to attack NCS’s amazing ball-snatching
secondary (school-record 27 ints. LY), spearheaded by A-A sr. CB David Amerson
(ACC-record 13 picks LY!). (at Georgia Dome)

Of course you would choose a publication that picked the Vols to lose

bljvol writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Copy and Paste From the National Handicapping publication "The Gold Sheet" Their 3 star best bet..

North Carolina St. 28 - Tennessee 21
UT’s under-fire 3rd-year HC
Derek Dooley counting on 7 new assistants, including defensive guru Sal
Sunseri, who’s switching from a 4-3 to his proven 3-4 scheme. But with Vol “D”
(4.7 ypc allowed; only 16 sacks LY) on learning curve, support ACC contender
NCS, feeding off momentum from 6-2 finish in 2011. Wolfpack’s highly productive
6-6 sr. QB Mike Glennon (3,054 YP, 31 TDs, 12 ints. LY) benefits
from return of soph RB Mustafa Greene (597 YR as true frosh in 2010; missed
LY due to foot injury), who teams up with versatile sr. RB James Washington
(897 YR, 42 catches LY). UT’s run game still iffy (116th in rushing LY), while
suspension of all-SEC WR Da’Rick Rodgers (67 catches, 9 TDs LY) makes it
rougher for Vols’ skillful 6-6 QB Tyler Bray to attack NCS’s amazing ball-snatching
secondary (school-record 27 ints. LY), spearheaded by A-A sr. CB David Amerson
(ACC-record 13 picks LY!). (at Georgia Dome)

Go troll somewhere they care this is a Volunteer Fan Site go respond negatively somewhere they believe you. Must be a Florduh fan surely not a volunteer fan

BolivrBob writes:

Bray needs to be careful. A good Secondary. If he comes out throwing picks, we will be in trouble.

nomietn#281095 writes:

"...fun to watch?" Is he crazy? Pee wee ball with your 9 year old grandson is "...fun to watch." We are talking serious business here. Million dollar salaries, an athletics department millions in the hole, community depression with suicidal ideation, and youthful dreams on the line. Tennessee needs a winning program now, not something "...fun to watch." Get with the program Dooley. It's time to grow up and do what we hired you to do. Lead, win, or get out of our way.

volfanlostnbama writes:

One Dooley stat that Chris Vernon introduced yesterday here in Birmingham sports radio in predicting NC State to win was...with teams that finish over 500 hundred CDD record is 5 & 27...based on that number and assuming NC State will be more than a 500 hundred team, Verno picked NC State to win.

It is an eye opening stat.

OrangeCounsel writes:

A team we haven't seen since 1939. Good omen. We beat them 13-0 then. That was our season opener, played in Raleigh, Sept. 29, 1939. That was also right in the middle of a streak that started Oct. 8, 1938, and lasted until Oct. 19, 1940, in which we didn't give up a regular season point. Not didn't give up a loss, didn't give up a point. Forget the 1990s; let's take this NC State opener as omen of a return to that.

Hope springs eternal.

Let's play.

OrangePsyched writes:

One common opponent...Cincy. Both teams are basically the same as last year. Our offense will not be stopped on the ground or thru the air. Our defense will harass Glennon and it will be our secondary that has the most picks. Finally we get to celebrate victory after a LONG offseason. ROCKY TOP!

AllVol1 writes:

Neal scampers for hundred fifty.

Amerson gets no picks cause Bray is smarter this year.

Vols by 24. GBO!!!

PUL4VOLS writes:

I would agree that the Vols are from a conference that is a powerhouse. To put that on Tennessee right now feels contrived. But I believe O'Brien is a respectable man and means well. The teams have a lot of commonalities. The WPack may deserve a little favored status because overall they played better last year. But we must remember THAT WAS LAST YEAR. There are a lot of news in Knoxville. For some, that is a reason for concern. For others, it feels much better. So the game is soon to be played. While I hope for the Vols to win solidly, I still have reservations until I see them put together a full solid game against a quality opponent. I do not bet, so no potential monetary loss. If I was to guess, I believe we will see a close hard fought game with the kicking game being crucial. Whichever team wins and I hope it is the Vols, will have a leg up on the rest of the season. I am just ready for some real FOOTBALL and guess I'll take a look in on Vandy and SC tomorrow even though I really do not care who wins that one. GO BIG ORANGE!

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

Of course you would choose a publication that picked the Vols to lose

Actually Phil Steele power play and Marc Lawrence Playbook also picked NC State. Just reporting the facts.. 7 new coaches and systems makes any handicapper leary in game one. Too many changes too quickly..

MichaelCheyne writes:

Interesting that the first half of the article discusses how Tennessee should not be confused with the powerhouses of the SEC (which I agree with), and then immediately follows that assertion with "[Tennessee will have their hands full] if for no other reason that [sic] UT's dismal record against the ACC in recent years — 1-4 since the 1998 Fiesta Bowl win over Florida State." The 1-4 record a) has nothing to do with NC State in 2012 b) applies the same incorrect logic that Strange dispelled in the first half of the article about Tennessee and the SEC.

This is what happens when you replace subscriptions with page clicks/views.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to DannyVol:

Funny thing is, with all this talk about the quarterbacks, the team who runs the ball best will most likely win. Would not be surprised at all to see us run it between the tackles a lot more than what's expected.

This. Running and play-action will determine the winning QB.

And it will be the Orange.

lguy (Inactive) writes:

in response to nomietn#281095:

"...fun to watch?" Is he crazy? Pee wee ball with your 9 year old grandson is "...fun to watch." We are talking serious business here. Million dollar salaries, an athletics department millions in the hole, community depression with suicidal ideation, and youthful dreams on the line. Tennessee needs a winning program now, not something "...fun to watch." Get with the program Dooley. It's time to grow up and do what we hired you to do. Lead, win, or get out of our way.

If you don't have fun watching, then why watch?

bleedorangeforlife writes:

Book makers are usually wrong they had Ten 4 point favorite now ita a 3 point favorite what i dont get is if SC is a number 9 team why are they only favored by 6 1/2 over vandy it was 7 and dropping every day TENN WINS BY 14 SC BY 18

hikerdude writes:

"Dooley has his fingers crossed that Bray will make mature decisions..."

Me too

bleedorangeforlife writes:

in response to bljvol:

Go troll somewhere they care this is a Volunteer Fan Site go respond negatively somewhere they believe you. Must be a Florduh fan surely not a volunteer fan

the line makers also have SC 6 1/2 point favorite over Vandy cant see that game even being close crazy line will take SC ALL DAY ON THAT LINE UNLESS I AM MISSING SOMETHING

Ironcity writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Actually Phil Steele power play and Marc Lawrence Playbook also picked NC State. Just reporting the facts.. 7 new coaches and systems makes any handicapper leary in game one. Too many changes too quickly..

I think you should bet all your money on NC St. I mean why even play the game with such well known handicappers such as yourself and Phil Steele. UT wins going away and fools like you stop watching in the second quarter when it becomes apparent one team is beating up the other team. Book It!

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Copy and Paste From the National Handicapping publication "The Gold Sheet" Their 3 star best bet..

North Carolina St. 28 - Tennessee 21
UT’s under-fire 3rd-year HC
Derek Dooley counting on 7 new assistants, including defensive guru Sal
Sunseri, who’s switching from a 4-3 to his proven 3-4 scheme. But with Vol “D”
(4.7 ypc allowed; only 16 sacks LY) on learning curve, support ACC contender
NCS, feeding off momentum from 6-2 finish in 2011. Wolfpack’s highly productive
6-6 sr. QB Mike Glennon (3,054 YP, 31 TDs, 12 ints. LY) benefits
from return of soph RB Mustafa Greene (597 YR as true frosh in 2010; missed
LY due to foot injury), who teams up with versatile sr. RB James Washington
(897 YR, 42 catches LY). UT’s run game still iffy (116th in rushing LY), while
suspension of all-SEC WR Da’Rick Rodgers (67 catches, 9 TDs LY) makes it
rougher for Vols’ skillful 6-6 QB Tyler Bray to attack NCS’s amazing ball-snatching
secondary (school-record 27 ints. LY), spearheaded by A-A sr. CB David Amerson
(ACC-record 13 picks LY!). (at Georgia Dome)

So Brett....are you betting your whole $20 on NC State? You are a "Professional Handicapper" about like my dog is a Deacon in my church. There is nothing professional about you. On your YouTube videos you sound like your nads are caught in a pair of vicegrips.(roids) Your head is the size of a washtub. Your shirt it about 3 sizes too small. Your hat looks like something Britney Spears would wear. Yep, you are a real professional.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPtjxg...

Notice the UT lamp in the background. LMAO

go_VOLS_13 writes:

in response to VFL_Troll_Patrol:

Red look like orange? Only if the player is color blind. But I do see where the line can be blurred in fast paced situations. But I don't see that being an issue If they just go out and play tough and smart.

Friday is so close I can feel it!!! Go Vols!

*Im always watching*
*Shock the world*

The War Begins 10/20
http://triplethreat123.wix.com/tt

This video gives me chills and makes it almost unbearable waiting for Friday. I can't lie, though, a little sad too. Rogers is talented and although I know we can't dwell on what happened, and he has some growing up to do, he was freaking good and he would have been a lot of fun watching this season. I'm not trying to take away from our team because we still have amazing players, but a lot of these clips reminded me of what a great player he was. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to volfanlostnbama:

One Dooley stat that Chris Vernon introduced yesterday here in Birmingham sports radio in predicting NC State to win was...with teams that finish over 500 hundred CDD record is 5 & 27...based on that number and assuming NC State will be more than a 500 hundred team, Verno picked NC State to win.

It is an eye opening stat.

Wow.
I haven't been feeling extremely confident about this team, or this game.
The referenced statistic can be described as devastating.

SIMSVOL writes:

in response to nomietn#281095:

"...fun to watch?" Is he crazy? Pee wee ball with your 9 year old grandson is "...fun to watch." We are talking serious business here. Million dollar salaries, an athletics department millions in the hole, community depression with suicidal ideation, and youthful dreams on the line. Tennessee needs a winning program now, not something "...fun to watch." Get with the program Dooley. It's time to grow up and do what we hired you to do. Lead, win, or get out of our way.

If you're not having fun in what you do - it's time to hang it up. nomie - sounds like your time has come...hang it up dude. Football in the end is supposed to be fun. Go VOLS!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to copia69296:

I hope DD was joking about the Orange-Red confusion. Why not just wear white and not have to worry about it?

Glad to see us wearing our home Orange..Ive seen us walk into the Swamp or Bama with those orange pants and white jersey and were snake bit from the get go..Guess it's dumb superstition but I think we play better in home orange..We really need to get this ACC; Dome jinx off our back..This and the UF game are huge for setting the tone for whats to come..2 wins and our players morale is sky high..1 and 2 and it's 2011 all over again

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Actually Phil Steele power play and Marc Lawrence Playbook also picked NC State. Just reporting the facts.. 7 new coaches and systems makes any handicapper leary in game one. Too many changes too quickly..

The addition of Sal is not a handicap. It's the mother of all upgrades in the SEC. You shall see soon.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mdvol:

I only wish this game was on something better than ESPNU so more than 12 people could watch the VOLS put the smackdown on The Pack.

Fortunately I'll be one of the 75,000 screaming VOL fans at the Dome.

VOLS hang 100 in the first 2 games. Start 4-0.

The game will probably be on ESPN3 so those who don't get ESPNU can watch online. Wish I could be in Atlanta! Hope everybody who does go will turn the Georgia Dome into Neyland South! This may not be the biggest game in the country this weekend, but it could not be bigger for the Vols and the 'Pack right now. GBO!!! TCB!!!

murrayvol writes:

in response to BolivrBob:

Bray needs to be careful. A good Secondary. If he comes out throwing picks, we will be in trouble.

And we'll also be toast.

murrayvol writes:

"His maturity as it relates to football has been great." D. Dooley

I'll settle for that.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volfanlostnbama:

One Dooley stat that Chris Vernon introduced yesterday here in Birmingham sports radio in predicting NC State to win was...with teams that finish over 500 hundred CDD record is 5 & 27...based on that number and assuming NC State will be more than a 500 hundred team, Verno picked NC State to win.

It is an eye opening stat.

Both La Tech and UT were way over-scheduled for the teams they had under Dooley. He started with a foot in a figurative bucket of cement at both places. Even the most eye-opening stat needs context to mean anything. Even so, I expect that stat to improve some this year.

murrayvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Both La Tech and UT were way over-scheduled for the teams they had under Dooley. He started with a foot in a figurative bucket of cement at both places. Even the most eye-opening stat needs context to mean anything. Even so, I expect that stat to improve some this year.

Sometimes you do have to look beyond the numbers but eventually the numbers matter regardless of how they came to be.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Actually Phil Steele power play and Marc Lawrence Playbook also picked NC State. Just reporting the facts.. 7 new coaches and systems makes any handicapper leary in game one. Too many changes too quickly..

I don't know why, but I just wasted abou 7 minutes of my life looking at the Youtube link someone posted on here about you, Youtube,really, you're so dang poor you can't even afford to own your own web page. You must really be rolling in the dough. After viewing the pitiful display of self indulgancee I can no longer even read your post for entertainment. You are a pathetic self serving punk. I usually don't call people names, but I feel as though if you really sat down and thought about it, you would realize just what you really are, and what you profess to be. you really need to rethink you social value an get help. I for one can't see why KNS even lets you post on this site. It can't be sensationalism, because there is certainly nothing sensational about you. Are you some- body relative and they feel sorry for you. You are without redeeming social value, and oh, by the way you need a new wardrobe.

johnlg00 writes:

As for Dooley's record at La Tech: You know how people always put down the "name" teams for "buying" victories against lesser opponents? Well, La Tech was one of those lesser opponents. I'll bet most of La Tech's games against .500+ opponents were that kind of game--money game for La Tech, cinch win for the big dog--played on the opponents' field. That was probably the only way La Tech could get a game with a "name" program. Again, context is everything.

CCLC writes:

Sorry Vols but no good will come of all the Kool Aid that is being passed around. Take a breath. "This won't end well."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZYjc5...
just sayin'

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to mdvol:

I only wish this game was on something better than ESPNU so more than 12 people could watch the VOLS put the smackdown on The Pack.

Fortunately I'll be one of the 75,000 screaming VOL fans at the Dome.

VOLS hang 100 in the first 2 games. Start 4-0.

So no longer hanging 40 on UF? LOL!!!

NCST by 7-10. Remember the name Mike Glennon. He will be the best QB on the field Friday night.

Wake up!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Actually Phil Steele power play and Marc Lawrence Playbook also picked NC State. Just reporting the facts.. 7 new coaches and systems makes any handicapper leary in game one. Too many changes too quickly..

"7 new coaches and systems.."

This clearly illustrates why you are such a well-known tard.

Yes, there are seven new coaches, but only one new system -- the 3-4 base allignment. The other six new coaches are position coaches, and they don't introduce some new system, they teach the players in their unit how to use proper technique and how to execute in the new DC's system.

Oh, and the new 3-4 base allignment is just a base allignment. If you had watched the Spring game, it was obvious that there was at least as much 4-3 as there was 3-4.

NCSU played a weak schedule (71st SOS) last season, and got a ton of interceptions, mostly against weak opposition. Their secondary is their strength, but any advantage the loss of Da'Rick Rogers might have given them is balanced out by their loss of CJ Wilson at corner.

If those "experts" think UT's run game is suspicious, then so is NCSU's, which was 109th last season. Our front 7, specially our LBs will stop their questionable run game with relative ease.

Sorry ProfessionallyHandicapped, The Vols win this one, and you know it.

gc_scvol writes:

Go away Peabodt Jim.You are boring and insignificant

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

So no longer hanging 40 on UF? LOL!!!

NCST by 7-10. Remember the name Mike Glennon. He will be the best QB on the field Friday night.

Wake up!

Vols,

Check out the above troll. Speaking of the best and worst, ole MESS of the East may not be the worst poster.......but he competes for that dubious award.

We might see some underneath stuff, Rivera, etc plus various other plays to get settled in. Probably we'll see how the running game goes, very early, and pounding the rock will be dictated by how the O L performs.

Guys, let's enjoy this one. Don't get caught up playing tag with the trolls like the above idiot, plus the kid-Seven, Bret, Flowers, rtrchatterbox, Merlot, Walt etc. This game is bigger than they. If we win it, let's not seek out these trolls to say "I told you so."
Concentrate on the game/games themselves and realize the idiots have nothing else to do.

We do have other things to do ourselves so focus on what's important........just as the Vols will do.

SCVFL writes:

150 running 300 through the air.
VOLS 31 NCST 24
Love me some VOL football
GO BIG RNG...VFL

MWAVolfan writes:

Perhaps he is calling UT a powerhouse so that if NCS beats UT then he can claim he beat a "powerhouse" SEC team.

lomas98 writes:

in response to bleedorangeforlife:

Book makers are usually wrong they had Ten 4 point favorite now ita a 3 point favorite what i dont get is if SC is a number 9 team why are they only favored by 6 1/2 over vandy it was 7 and dropping every day TENN WINS BY 14 SC BY 18

A bookmakers job is to make sure money will go on both sides, and depending on what side you bet yes they could be wrong a lot. A great season for a bookmaker is to be correct 52% of the time.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Actually Phil Steele power play and Marc Lawrence Playbook also picked NC State. Just reporting the facts.. 7 new coaches and systems makes any handicapper leary in game one. Too many changes too quickly..

No doubt Steele knows his stuff but he's wrong about the coaching changes and new systems..From what I can see the players love the change and it looks like they have adopted a TEAM attitude that we definitely did not have the last 2 years..Of all the coaching changes the loss of Baggett was the most damaging

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to johnlg00:

As for Dooley's record at La Tech: You know how people always put down the "name" teams for "buying" victories against lesser opponents? Well, La Tech was one of those lesser opponents. I'll bet most of La Tech's games against .500+ opponents were that kind of game--money game for La Tech, cinch win for the big dog--played on the opponents' field. That was probably the only way La Tech could get a game with a "name" program. Again, context is everything.

Four of his losses in his last season there were to Boise State (unbeaten), LSU, Navy (12-2) and Auburn.

Context.

MR_VOL writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

So Brett....are you betting your whole $20 on NC State? You are a "Professional Handicapper" about like my dog is a Deacon in my church. There is nothing professional about you. On your YouTube videos you sound like your nads are caught in a pair of vicegrips.(roids) Your head is the size of a washtub. Your shirt it about 3 sizes too small. Your hat looks like something Britney Spears would wear. Yep, you are a real professional.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPtjxg...

Notice the UT lamp in the background. LMAO

76,

Thanks, I needed a good laugh today.

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