John Adams: Vols strike back against ACC, Georgia Dome

Tennessee's dreadful history in the Georgia Dome receives so much publicity that another succession of ineptitude has been overlooked in the buildup to this year's season opener at the same venue.

The Vols have lost their last six games in the Georgia Dome. But they will enter tonight's game against N.C. State with a five-game road losing streak against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

That includes four bowl losses, and the loss of face from backing out of last year's scheduled game at North Carolina.

Tennessee 31, N.C. State 20: Refusing to back down against the mighty ACC, Vols register biggest victory of the Derek Dooley era.

Alabama 30, Michigan 17: The Tide probably would have preferred a rematch with Michigan State, which it practically dismembered in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.

Clemson 27, Auburn 24: New Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables has one of the easiest jobs in the country. If his defense holds Auburn under 70 points, that will qualify as improvement over the last game.

Georgia 45, Buffalo 3: The Bulldogs get in so much offseason trouble, it's impossible to; remember who's doing what time for what crime. Here's my best guess: defensive back Sanders Cummings, suspended; running back Isaiah Crowell, dismissed; interim mascot Russ, good to go.

Mississippi State 41, Jackson State 13: The Bulldogs are counting on a big season from quarterback Tyler Russell, which is scary for a couple of reasons: (1) His skill set doesn't fit Dan Mullen's offense; (2) He's not even the second-best quarterback named Tyler in the SEC.

Ole Miss 45, Central Arkansas 14: Rebels fans now have another good reason to keep living in the past. It's the 50th anniversary of the 1962 season when Ole Miss went 10-0 and allowed only 40 points — or 12 fewer points than it gave up to both LSU and Alabama last year.

Florida 37, Bowling Green 6: The Gators get their first shot at a Dave Clawson offense since they held UT to six points in a 24-point victory in 2008.

LSU 52, North Texas 7: The Mean Green defense could be in big trouble in Tiger Stadium. LSU coach Les Miles has had eight months to figure out how to advance his team past midfield.

Arkansas 47, Jacksonville State 17: If the Razorbacks have a sense of humor, a motorcycle rider will lead them onto the field.

Missouri 45, Southeastern Louisiana 14: The Tigers will play seven of their first eight games in a city named Columbia, but none of the others will be as easy as this one.

Louisville 24, Kentucky 17: The SEC keeps pulling further away from the rest of college football. But it hasn't pulled so far away that the worst team in the East can beat the best team in the Big East.

Top 25: Southern California 50, Hawaii 13; Oregon 55, Arkansas State 17; Oklahoma 51, UTEP 14; Ohio State 38, Miami (Ohio) 3; Florida State 45, Murray State 7; Texas 37, Wyoming 17; West Virginia 42, Marshall 14; Nebraska 34, Southern Mississippi 16; Virginia Tech 27, Georgia Tech 23; Wisconsin 55, Northern Iowa 13; Michigan State 30, Boise State 27; Oklahoma State 42, Savannah State 0; Kansas State 41, Missouri State 10; Stanford 41, San Jose State 17.

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mdvol writes:

Solid win for the Big Orange. VOLS send in Worley and Zach Rogers to mop it up in the 4th. Going to be rowdy in Neyland next week.

Just like old times.

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

GatorHater1998 writes:

Why is everybody sayin 4-0, how bout 5-0 when we storm into Athens when all the pressure is on choke artist Georgia

watchdog writes:

Re: "Louisville 24, Kentucky 17: The SEC keeps pulling further away from the rest of college football. But it hasn't pulled so far away that the worst team in the East can beat the best team in the Big East."

Not to relive a bad year or anything ,but you have to look no further than last year, when Tennessee finished bottom of the SEC East at 1-7, and Cincinnati tied for top of the Big East at 5-2.

Snapshot writes:

in response to GatorHater1998:

Why is everybody sayin 4-0, how bout 5-0 when we storm into Athens when all the pressure is on choke artist Georgia

I like your thinking gaterhater.

VolzsFan writes:

John is trying to set DD up to fail. He is like Fienbaum and he needs conflict. His paper sells more when there is turmoil and a coaching search. You all bought in. Very sad.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to GatorHater1998:

Why is everybody sayin 4-0, how bout 5-0 when we storm into Athens when all the pressure is on choke artist Georgia

I like that statement. I also think that is what is going to happen. I now also think we will beat SC. Soooo
it is now 11-1 SECE champ, I'll leave the CGame hanging
Vols 35 NCS 14

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

UT can now take past frustrations out on NCS and finally get that tucky loss out of their head until November..GBO!!

greatdaysahead writes:

I love all of the enthusiasm, and Lord knows I want my Vols to win, but I have no idea what this team will look like. That being said I will not make any predictions but hope we 1) handle the Pack and 2) pound Florida into the dirt. Things will fall well into place should these two things happen. As always, GO VOLS!!!

anythinGOrange writes:

38-17 ORANGE!!!

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to mdvol:

Solid win for the Big Orange. VOLS send in Worley and Zach Rogers to mop it up in the 4th. Going to be rowdy in Neyland next week.

Just like old times.

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

You're funny. You make me laugh every day. ut won't "hang" 100 in the first three games. Loco is headed for a nightmare in The Dome. 'Pack by 7. ut starts 1-2.

Just like old times.

ethanfrome writes:

Thanks John, I had hoped someone would say something about the "Clawfense" when I heard that Boling Green was playing Florida.

Jakevol writes:

Vandy looks good. SC Shaw kid played with guts.

tovolny writes:

John did another good job here...give him credit. John usually draws circles around our weak spots, which is a good thing if we want to know what's going on. John is still the same ole John, but somehow, he is coming across with a little more flair. A lot of his jibes are now including the other SEC schools and not so much at UT. His comedy is beginning to work for us...more like Jay Leno and less and less like Dennis Miller. I didn't think I would ever say this, but I have actually been amused by John's work lately. And, KNS all around (GoVolsXtra) is coming across more of a pro-UT agency giving us fans the "reality base" we need. So, I guess I should thank KNS for their new approach.

hueypilot writes:

in response to Jakevol:

Vandy looks good. SC Shaw kid played with guts.

Same ol Vandy...home field against a one armed not good as predicted opponent and stll loses the fourth quarter. To be kinder depth will always be their Achilles heel and it shows at the end of games

cloudodust writes:

For Tennessee football, the Dome has been linked to a black cat crossing the path or walking under a ladder without spitting over your left shoulder. May our trials and tribulations be expunged beginning tonight. A pregame exorcism isn't out of the question...Witch Doctor, you available..? GBO

brod writes:

as for the streak in the georgia dome, should have beaten lsu both times, should have beaten clemson. that's the story of tennessee football, should have but didn't.

LCPanthers (Inactive) writes:

Well I had it
VOLS-31
Wolfpack-17
NCST--wont stop run game and when they try-Bray will burn them----Vols will stop NCST from running and I look
for more pressure on their quarterback.

GO VOLS!!!

Sir_Spanky writes:

"The Vols have lost their last six games in the Georgia Dome. But they will enter tonight's game against N.C. State with a five-game road losing streak against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference."

That's enough to make you want to fire everybody in the Athletic Dept who drew a paycheck during this time period.

cloudodust writes:

in response to brod:

as for the streak in the georgia dome, should have beaten lsu both times, should have beaten clemson. that's the story of tennessee football, should have but didn't.

As you mention 'the story of Tennessee football', did you read the chapter referencing 1998..?

MemphisVOLALum writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Same ol Vandy...home field against a one armed not good as predicted opponent and stll loses the fourth quarter. To be kinder depth will always be their Achilles heel and it shows at the end of games

To be fair...Vandy played a good game. The SC QB Shaw was a warrior last night. However, the ref's missed a huge pass interference call against SC late in the game. Vandy certainly didn't get any home cooking at home. That play would have given Vandy a real shot at the end. I'm no Vandy or SC fan, but as a football fan you want to see every game won or lost solely based on the players. No so last night.

UTVOL2001 writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

"The Vols have lost their last six games in the Georgia Dome. But they will enter tonight's game against N.C. State with a five-game road losing streak against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference."

That's enough to make you want to fire everybody in the Athletic Dept who drew a paycheck during this time period.

Yeah right! That is enough to make you want to go and hide.

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Same ol Vandy...home field against a one armed not good as predicted opponent and stll loses the fourth quarter. To be kinder depth will always be their Achilles heel and it shows at the end of games

Not kind...at all. I'm no Vandy fan, but they got shafted. Terrible call.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

The Big Money in Vegas is pushing the line down as UT has dropped to -3. Here are two top publication predictions.. Both predicting a UT loss.

Marc lawrence Playbook Newsletter
NC State over Tennessee by 1
From glory to gory. That’s been the story of the Tennessee Volunteers at
the Georgia Dome. After capturing back-to-back SEC championships in
this building in the late 90’s, the Vols have since dropped six in a row
in this building. That’s a stark comparison to the SEC’s 8-0 SU and 7-1
ATS dominance as road or neutral-site season-opening favorites versus
ACC foes since 1982. While we would love to ride that trend and back
loaded Rocky Top (18 returning starters, including 10 on offense that
includes QB Tyler Bray and the entire line up front), we’re well aware of
UT’s dismal 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS log versus the ACC this century and 3-12-
1 ATS mark when not getting points against this conference since 1980.
We’re also very familiar with NC State HC Tom O’Brien’s 54-33-2 ATS work
as a dog. That number even improves to 28-12 ATS when the line drops
below a touchdown, including 16-3 ATS with the ‘Pack. Yes, we hate
fading returning starter-loaded teams in season openers, but this is the
spot where short dogs work best – especially one that returns a QB (Mike
Glennon) who tossed for over 3,000 yards and 31 TD’s in 2011 and an
O-line that totals an ACC-leading 113 combined starts. It won’t be pretty
but we say grab the capable dogs. Editor’s note: Tennessee All-SEC receiver
Da’Rick Rogers has been indefi nitely suspended from the team.

The Gold Sheet Newsletter
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 highlyproductive
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)

I have to agree early in the year its hard to back a team that has 7 new coaches plus lost their best WR a week before kickoff. UT know relies on a WR off a knee injury in his first game back plus a JC transfer that has never played at this level of intensity. Gotta back the stability of a team who finished 6-2 without Russell Wilson at QB. NC State by 8 points.

jakethevolguy writes:

Where is the Witch Doctor? Need Witchie to whip up a Voo Doo doll or something to get that Jawja Dome curse off of my Vols!! GBO Whup up on some NCS Pack arse!!

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Same ol Vandy...home field against a one armed not good as predicted opponent and stll loses the fourth quarter. To be kinder depth will always be their Achilles heel and it shows at the end of games

Vandy outgained the number 9 team in the Nation 272-267 on offense and held Spurrier's passing attack to 67 yards. The non pass interference call was big, but the int thrown on the 5 yard line early was a 10 point swing. I would say Vandy showed they are not a pushover by any means. S carolina will wear most teams down in the 4th quarter other than a few. They have huge lines, outweighed Vandy by 40 lbs per man.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The Big Money in Vegas is pushing the line down as UT has dropped to -3. Here are two top publication predictions.. Both predicting a UT loss.

Marc lawrence Playbook Newsletter
NC State over Tennessee by 1
From glory to gory. That’s been the story of the Tennessee Volunteers at
the Georgia Dome. After capturing back-to-back SEC championships in
this building in the late 90’s, the Vols have since dropped six in a row
in this building. That’s a stark comparison to the SEC’s 8-0 SU and 7-1
ATS dominance as road or neutral-site season-opening favorites versus
ACC foes since 1982. While we would love to ride that trend and back
loaded Rocky Top (18 returning starters, including 10 on offense that
includes QB Tyler Bray and the entire line up front), we’re well aware of
UT’s dismal 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS log versus the ACC this century and 3-12-
1 ATS mark when not getting points against this conference since 1980.
We’re also very familiar with NC State HC Tom O’Brien’s 54-33-2 ATS work
as a dog. That number even improves to 28-12 ATS when the line drops
below a touchdown, including 16-3 ATS with the ‘Pack. Yes, we hate
fading returning starter-loaded teams in season openers, but this is the
spot where short dogs work best – especially one that returns a QB (Mike
Glennon) who tossed for over 3,000 yards and 31 TD’s in 2011 and an
O-line that totals an ACC-leading 113 combined starts. It won’t be pretty
but we say grab the capable dogs. Editor’s note: Tennessee All-SEC receiver
Da’Rick Rogers has been indefi nitely suspended from the team.

The Gold Sheet Newsletter
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 highlyproductive
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)

I have to agree early in the year its hard to back a team that has 7 new coaches plus lost their best WR a week before kickoff. UT know relies on a WR off a knee injury in his first game back plus a JC transfer that has never played at this level of intensity. Gotta back the stability of a team who finished 6-2 without Russell Wilson at QB. NC State by 8 points.

Please bet all your life savings on NC state (straight up), since you are in Vegas. That way when tomorrow comes you wont have money for internet, and like the commercial you will have to sell your hair to a wig shop.

tovolny writes:

in response to MemphisVOLALum:

To be fair...Vandy played a good game. The SC QB Shaw was a warrior last night. However, the ref's missed a huge pass interference call against SC late in the game. Vandy certainly didn't get any home cooking at home. That play would have given Vandy a real shot at the end. I'm no Vandy or SC fan, but as a football fan you want to see every game won or lost solely based on the players. No so last night.

It was an obvious pass interference. Why can't officials review some of these calls. No calls like this and in this day and time of making the officiating correct by review. I think maybe they need an official up in the booth that could have this type call reviewed on video. My opinion is, they should either make it right with the video reviews, or just forget it. Vandy played well enough to win. Shaw was a warrior, and even though latimore went for over a 100, he still didn't look like a starting SEC RB. SC can be HAD. GBO.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Most of our players weren't involved in this losing streak..Opening game jitters could hurt us,a walk thru at the dome yesterday would have helped..Those early motion and procedure penalties are drive stoppers..This game will be won in the trenches and I know nothing about States OLine except for the fact they ran the ball just as bad as us last year, and they had the same commitment as us in the off season to fix the run game..

RockyMtnVol writes:

I have an idea.....why don't we let the players decided the game vs. Vegas and these so called "handicap specialist", its the first game and anything can happen. On paper, UT should be favored, I might be wrong, but I don't think NCST played a SEC team last year, their numbers dropped against quality apponents, UT was young, with major injuries after Cincy last year. I see NCST < than Cincy....so barring any big issues, UT will win, the handicappers wants everyone to put their $$$ on NCST, they will not cover.

GBO!!

rbwtn writes:

Back in the Fulmer Days when I traveled to cities across America I use to bet the Vols and win all the time. All I had to do is start using my Southern Accent and almost every time I'd walk away with the Winnings my point; Never pay much attention to Vegas or any ratings when It comes to betting the Vols. They have no Idea and this year is a Great betting Year for fun or profit. Whoopee!

UT4prez writes:

in response to RockyMtnVol:

I have an idea.....why don't we let the players decided the game vs. Vegas and these so called "handicap specialist", its the first game and anything can happen. On paper, UT should be favored, I might be wrong, but I don't think NCST played a SEC team last year, their numbers dropped against quality apponents, UT was young, with major injuries after Cincy last year. I see NCST < than Cincy....so barring any big issues, UT will win, the handicappers wants everyone to put their $$$ on NCST, they will not cover.

GBO!!

I'm with you. For the first 2 or 3 weeks the odds makers know how to set a line about as well as I do. When I used to gamble on football, not recommended, the early weeks were always the best for me.

As far as SC-Vandy, that was exactly what I expected. I thought SC may end up getting another score to push the margin out but other than that it is exactly what I expected to see. SC has played that Thursday opener a lot the last few years and has never looked good. The game they played against Miss St was one of the worst football games I've ever seen. Vandy is decent. Not a pushover. SC is a good team though. Not top 10 good but top 25 for sure. Don't write them off.

As for the real game (just 5 more hours!) we will win but we won't smoke them. Around 10 points sounds right to me. I was actually thinking 31-20 as well but I can't have the same as Adams. I'll go UT wins 28-17 although this game has potential to be very high scoring. I'm counting on first game mistakes to keep the score down.

GeneralNeylandsReturn writes:

in response to tovolny:

It was an obvious pass interference. Why can't officials review some of these calls. No calls like this and in this day and time of making the officiating correct by review. I think maybe they need an official up in the booth that could have this type call reviewed on video. My opinion is, they should either make it right with the video reviews, or just forget it. Vandy played well enough to win. Shaw was a warrior, and even though latimore went for over a 100, he still didn't look like a starting SEC RB. SC can be HAD. GBO.

it was obvious pass interference on replay, but if you review every subjective call with limited angles you'd end up having to review holding calls and so many things the game would never have any flow. Fumbles, possession calls, spots, boundary and goal line are the key reviews to a game.

Mistakes like the non-call last night are part of the game and best handled by penalizing, critiquing specific referee's and crews. Which is done.

I wanted the call too, the kid was playing hard and great, but he has to ensure that the defender can't interfere with him that way by getting to the ball at a higher point. A lot of hand contact is going to get a non-call.

At most, give each coach one challnge for a play like that...

Don't underestimate South Carolina...it was the first game and they are deep on defense, but while both teams were extremely physical, Carolina has skills that will come to the forefront as the season progresses...still they are beatable, but they are better than the south carolina of old.

if shaw has to run like that all season they are in trouble, but dont count on that...and their d will keep them in every game...their d line can take over a game..not last night, but it can.

Vandy had chances, but really but really didn't do much...carolina played onservative, especially afer Shaw got hurt. early game...Carolina will be the better team by far.

we will beat Vandy with a good game...we will need a little bettter than a good game to beat carolina

gc_scvol writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The Big Money in Vegas is pushing the line down as UT has dropped to -3. Here are two top publication predictions.. Both predicting a UT loss.

Marc lawrence Playbook Newsletter
NC State over Tennessee by 1
From glory to gory. That’s been the story of the Tennessee Volunteers at
the Georgia Dome. After capturing back-to-back SEC championships in
this building in the late 90’s, the Vols have since dropped six in a row
in this building. That’s a stark comparison to the SEC’s 8-0 SU and 7-1
ATS dominance as road or neutral-site season-opening favorites versus
ACC foes since 1982. While we would love to ride that trend and back
loaded Rocky Top (18 returning starters, including 10 on offense that
includes QB Tyler Bray and the entire line up front), we’re well aware of
UT’s dismal 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS log versus the ACC this century and 3-12-
1 ATS mark when not getting points against this conference since 1980.
We’re also very familiar with NC State HC Tom O’Brien’s 54-33-2 ATS work
as a dog. That number even improves to 28-12 ATS when the line drops
below a touchdown, including 16-3 ATS with the ‘Pack. Yes, we hate
fading returning starter-loaded teams in season openers, but this is the
spot where short dogs work best – especially one that returns a QB (Mike
Glennon) who tossed for over 3,000 yards and 31 TD’s in 2011 and an
O-line that totals an ACC-leading 113 combined starts. It won’t be pretty
but we say grab the capable dogs. Editor’s note: Tennessee All-SEC receiver
Da’Rick Rogers has been indefi nitely suspended from the team.

The Gold Sheet Newsletter
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 highlyproductive
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)

I have to agree early in the year its hard to back a team that has 7 new coaches plus lost their best WR a week before kickoff. UT know relies on a WR off a knee injury in his first game back plus a JC transfer that has never played at this level of intensity. Gotta back the stability of a team who finished 6-2 without Russell Wilson at QB. NC State by 8 points.

good for you, you've learned to cut and paste, not that you know what any of that means. You really need to get a job. How long does it take to get to Vegas on a bus? Not that you'd know' having never been there. Too lazy to work and too scared to steal, you'll never make it.

RememberWhen writes:

in response to mdvol:

Solid win for the Big Orange. VOLS send in Worley and Zach Rogers to mop it up in the 4th. Going to be rowdy in Neyland next week.

Just like old times.

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

do the words "Hi, my name is MDVOL and I'm an idiot" mean anything to ya....

RememberWhen writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The Big Money in Vegas is pushing the line down as UT has dropped to -3. Here are two top publication predictions.. Both predicting a UT loss.

Marc lawrence Playbook Newsletter
NC State over Tennessee by 1
From glory to gory. That’s been the story of the Tennessee Volunteers at
the Georgia Dome. After capturing back-to-back SEC championships in
this building in the late 90’s, the Vols have since dropped six in a row
in this building. That’s a stark comparison to the SEC’s 8-0 SU and 7-1
ATS dominance as road or neutral-site season-opening favorites versus
ACC foes since 1982. While we would love to ride that trend and back
loaded Rocky Top (18 returning starters, including 10 on offense that
includes QB Tyler Bray and the entire line up front), we’re well aware of
UT’s dismal 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS log versus the ACC this century and 3-12-
1 ATS mark when not getting points against this conference since 1980.
We’re also very familiar with NC State HC Tom O’Brien’s 54-33-2 ATS work
as a dog. That number even improves to 28-12 ATS when the line drops
below a touchdown, including 16-3 ATS with the ‘Pack. Yes, we hate
fading returning starter-loaded teams in season openers, but this is the
spot where short dogs work best – especially one that returns a QB (Mike
Glennon) who tossed for over 3,000 yards and 31 TD’s in 2011 and an
O-line that totals an ACC-leading 113 combined starts. It won’t be pretty
but we say grab the capable dogs. Editor’s note: Tennessee All-SEC receiver
Da’Rick Rogers has been indefi nitely suspended from the team.

The Gold Sheet Newsletter
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 highlyproductive
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)

I have to agree early in the year its hard to back a team that has 7 new coaches plus lost their best WR a week before kickoff. UT know relies on a WR off a knee injury in his first game back plus a JC transfer that has never played at this level of intensity. Gotta back the stability of a team who finished 6-2 without Russell Wilson at QB. NC State by 8 points.

Thanks! After hitting Vandy last night, I'll just double down on TN tonight....you've posted info from about the 2 worst sheets in the biz!

Tru138 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Please bet all your life savings on NC state (straight up), since you are in Vegas. That way when tomorrow comes you wont have money for internet, and like the commercial you will have to sell your hair to a wig shop.

He doesn't have any hair, hence the Brittany Spears hat. BigOrangeFever76, queue the video.

Olddogsrule writes:

NC State's running game is at least as suspect as the Vols. Probably more so, as the reports on the Vols O-line have been very positive. We know nothing about how the Vols D-line will operate in the new 3-4. Two new JUCOs and none with great SEC experience. But they are all beasts who are too big for the good State O-line to knock around and just need to take care of their own run gaps during the rush. That's my only question with the O-Line, getting the gaps filled. Smith, Johnson, and Lathers along with the rest of the linebackers will plug holes and harrass Glennon all night long. The Vols secondary can contain the Wolfpacks receiving corp. Should this defense actually get it, and I believe they do, NC States running and passing game can held to, or less than, a couple of TDs. Our run and pass will be greatly improved as we've been hearing. It could get ugly, I hope it does. Are you ready for a frog(wolf)stompin!

Go Vols!! Go Dooley!! Go SEC!!
Smokey Rules
AAHHhhhhoooooOOOOOWWWWWLLLL!!!

ball1523 writes:

any links for streaming the game online?

UT4prez writes:

It's early but our run game does not look better. Maybe of we'd get out of shotgun from time to time. And they're killing our secondary over the middle.

tovolny writes:

in response to GeneralNeylandsReturn:

it was obvious pass interference on replay, but if you review every subjective call with limited angles you'd end up having to review holding calls and so many things the game would never have any flow. Fumbles, possession calls, spots, boundary and goal line are the key reviews to a game.

Mistakes like the non-call last night are part of the game and best handled by penalizing, critiquing specific referee's and crews. Which is done.

I wanted the call too, the kid was playing hard and great, but he has to ensure that the defender can't interfere with him that way by getting to the ball at a higher point. A lot of hand contact is going to get a non-call.

At most, give each coach one challnge for a play like that...

Don't underestimate South Carolina...it was the first game and they are deep on defense, but while both teams were extremely physical, Carolina has skills that will come to the forefront as the season progresses...still they are beatable, but they are better than the south carolina of old.

if shaw has to run like that all season they are in trouble, but dont count on that...and their d will keep them in every game...their d line can take over a game..not last night, but it can.

Vandy had chances, but really but really didn't do much...carolina played onservative, especially afer Shaw got hurt. early game...Carolina will be the better team by far.

we will beat Vandy with a good game...we will need a little bettter than a good game to beat carolina

I AM TALKING ABOUT THE OBVIOUS...not every dadgum play...c'mom.

Munsterlander writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

You're funny. You make me laugh every day. ut won't "hang" 100 in the first three games. Loco is headed for a nightmare in The Dome. 'Pack by 7. ut starts 1-2.

Just like old times.

idiot

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Great game! Yes, they made mistakes, but were able to overcome them! Finished with nearly 200 yds rushing. A (hopefully) tune-up game in Knoxville, and then the REAL fun begins when the Gay-tas come to town. Bray's back! I really hope he can last the whole season this time, b/c he was in the zone tonight!

GerryOP writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The Big Money in Vegas is pushing the line down as UT has dropped to -3. Here are two top publication predictions.. Both predicting a UT loss.

Marc lawrence Playbook Newsletter
NC State over Tennessee by 1
From glory to gory. That’s been the story of the Tennessee Volunteers at
the Georgia Dome. After capturing back-to-back SEC championships in
this building in the late 90’s, the Vols have since dropped six in a row
in this building. That’s a stark comparison to the SEC’s 8-0 SU and 7-1
ATS dominance as road or neutral-site season-opening favorites versus
ACC foes since 1982. While we would love to ride that trend and back
loaded Rocky Top (18 returning starters, including 10 on offense that
includes QB Tyler Bray and the entire line up front), we’re well aware of
UT’s dismal 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS log versus the ACC this century and 3-12-
1 ATS mark when not getting points against this conference since 1980.
We’re also very familiar with NC State HC Tom O’Brien’s 54-33-2 ATS work
as a dog. That number even improves to 28-12 ATS when the line drops
below a touchdown, including 16-3 ATS with the ‘Pack. Yes, we hate
fading returning starter-loaded teams in season openers, but this is the
spot where short dogs work best – especially one that returns a QB (Mike
Glennon) who tossed for over 3,000 yards and 31 TD’s in 2011 and an
O-line that totals an ACC-leading 113 combined starts. It won’t be pretty
but we say grab the capable dogs. Editor’s note: Tennessee All-SEC receiver
Da’Rick Rogers has been indefi nitely suspended from the team.

The Gold Sheet Newsletter
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 highlyproductive
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)

I have to agree early in the year its hard to back a team that has 7 new coaches plus lost their best WR a week before kickoff. UT know relies on a WR off a knee injury in his first game back plus a JC transfer that has never played at this level of intensity. Gotta back the stability of a team who finished 6-2 without Russell Wilson at QB. NC State by 8 points.

Whoopsie, looks like you and your expert boys start out the season 0-1. 1-0 baby on the way to 12-0! You posted all of them words above ... and lost.

OK, gamblin' guy. How about some odds on my gettin' out of ATL alive tonight wearing all of this orange? Need to get out to DeKalb-Peachtree with wheels-up NLT 1:00 AM heading back to the homestead.

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