Evan Woodbery: Tennessee has most of the advantages against Troy

Quarterbacks

Troy quarterback Corey Robinson leads an offense that passes for nearly 300 yards per game. Change-of-pace QB Deon Anthony can run the ball, too. Tennessee's Tyler Bray is coming off one of the better games of his career against a difficult South Carolina defense. Edge: Tennessee.

Running backs

Rajion Neal could return after a two-week absence, although his injured ankle is likely to be less than 100 percent. Troy tailback Shawn Southward is a little fellow (listed at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds) but is the second-leading rusher in the Sun Belt. Edge: Tennessee.

Wide receivers/tight ends

Senior Chip Reeves is the top receiver in a Troy offense that typically offers plenty of opportunities to catch passes. Bray spread the wealth in the South Carolina game. Vincent Dallas and Zach Rogers both had huge games. Edge: Tennessee.

Offensive line

The end of the South Carolina game was especially cruel to Antonio "Tiny" Richardson, who had held Jadeveon Clowney in check all day only to see him force a game-changing fumble late in the fourth quarter. In the bigger picture, however, the Vols' offensive line continues to hold its own against top competition. Edge: Tennessee.

Defensive line

The Vols have been putting more pressure on the quarterback and nose guard Daniel McCullers seems to improve each game. The Trojans don't produce many sacks and can't match the size of an SEC team. Edge: Tennessee.

Linebackers

Herman Lathers had one of the best statistical games of his career last week, joining fellow linebacker A.J. Johnson, who is a frequent member of the double-digit tackle club. But Curt Maggitt and Jordan Williams will be tested by Troy's offense. Edge: Tennessee.

Secondary

Troy has four veterans in the defensive backfield, and while they're accustomed to fast-paced, pass-heavy offenses in the Sun Belt, they will be tested by Bray and the Vols. Tennessee likely will continue its youth movement in the secondary in an attempt to find answers for the struggling unit. Edge: Troy.

Special teams

A blustery day played havoc with Michael Palardy's punting last week, but he recovered once the wind was at his back. Troy's Will Scott has been an effective punter and kicker. Edge: Even.

Coaching

Larry Blakeney has led Troy from Division II to the Football Bowl Subdivision during the past 22 years, winning 168 games along the way. Edge: Troy.

Intangibles

Troy is coming off a disappointing loss to Florida Atlantic, a team that the Trojans were expected to beat handily. The Vols narrowly lost to a team that was expected to beat them handily. Edge: Tennessee.

Pick

Tennessee 44, Troy 24

Troy should be able to put some points on the board against Tennessee's porous defense, but if the Vols' offense plays anything like it did last week, UT should win easily.

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jdogg44 writes:

When we had a an even marginal defense there is no way anyone would have picked Troy to score over 10 points against us. And if we had a true runningback worthy of the SEC we'd ring this Troy team up to the tune of 50-3. The next time Lane or Neil try to break it wide and get strung out to the sideline for a loss of three I say put Watson in for the rest of the game and then tell Marlin and Rajon they'll get one more chance to hit the hole in the next game...

Rock85 writes:

What does it say when TROY has the advantage in COACHING.. Has Tennessee had the Coaching advantage in any game this year? Akron-NO Georgia ST-NO....Maybe NC St?

TooDlems writes:

in response to Rock85:

What does it say when TROY has the advantage in COACHING.. Has Tennessee had the Coaching advantage in any game this year? Akron-NO Georgia ST-NO....Maybe NC St?

If Larry Blakney hadn't gotten caught up in that mess with Pat Dye at the Barn he would be a successful coach in the SEC. He's pretty good. Same goes for Jack Crowe at Jacksonville State.

Rock85 writes:

in response to TooDlems:

If Larry Blakney hadn't gotten caught up in that mess with Pat Dye at the Barn he would be a successful coach in the SEC. He's pretty good. Same goes for Jack Crowe at Jacksonville State.

I dont doubt that at all. But This is TENNESSEE..For years we out playered teams. I wish we could OUT COACH TEAMS. I believe you trade Coaching staffs. With TROY,AKRON or Ga st. We are better off.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to Rock85:

I dont doubt that at all. But This is TENNESSEE..For years we out playered teams. I wish we could OUT COACH TEAMS. I believe you trade Coaching staffs. With TROY,AKRON or Ga st. We are better off.

But This is TENNESSEE

What does that even mean? 65% program winning %. 2 National titles in 100+ years. The only time we where what you think was during the great Hall of Famer's years. You all need to come to reality, adjust your sad expectations and get in where you fit in.

PennVol writes:

Wow - coaching edge goes to Troy, yet there are no coaches out there to replace Dooley?? Amazing!

jobrando#216494 writes:

Troy is 103rd ranked team and VOLS 33rd. Why even have a discussion. Should be VOLS 60 Troy 21.

Classof72 writes:

Our Vol defense will probably give Corey Robinson his career day. This could be ugly. GO VOLS, anyway!

Razor784 writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Troy is 103rd ranked team and VOLS 33rd. Why even have a discussion. Should be VOLS 60 Troy 21.

You're right, UT vs. Troy shouldn't be a discussion, but our defense put's any opposing team in the game no matter how bad they are. Just ask Akron.

6972 writes:

Coaching goes to Troy. Secondary goes to Troy. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I have written before, I am wondering about attendance today and for that matter, the rest of the season. Vacant seats, if there any, opens eyes.

koamalina writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

But This is TENNESSEE

What does that even mean? 65% program winning %. 2 National titles in 100+ years. The only time we where what you think was during the great Hall of Famer's years. You all need to come to reality, adjust your sad expectations and get in where you fit in.

I agree, General Neyland was a great coach!

SevenT writes:

Dooley will get his signature win today against Troy!

Bray will throw up huge numbers against a Sun Belt Conference power.

Tennessee Fan will be very happy and will look forward to a possible 6-6 season and a trip to a Bowl game in northern Louisiana or west Tennessee.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

Dooley will get his signature win today against Troy!

Bray will throw up huge numbers against a Sun Belt Conference power.

Tennessee Fan will be very happy and will look forward to a possible 6-6 season and a trip to a Bowl game in northern Louisiana or west Tennessee.

SevenTenn....remind us all again why you give a rat's *** about Tennessee football.

Should you not be worrying yourself with 1-8 Mildcats?????

Vols4life77 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

But This is TENNESSEE

What does that even mean? 65% program winning %. 2 National titles in 100+ years. The only time we where what you think was during the great Hall of Famer's years. You all need to come to reality, adjust your sad expectations and get in where you fit in.

Okay little boy with bad facts let me help your illiterate Florida retarded arse with some info here.
Tennessee 6 national championships
1938
1940
1950
1951
1967
1998
So there write this down next time you feel you want to talk about championships.
Oh how many do the gators gave? Well that would be a whopping 3. Still playing catchup there gator boy.
Tennessee record 797- 354 which is a (.683) winning percentage
Also 16 conference titles
Also 38 all-Americans
Florida 676-385 which is a (.632) winning percentage
Florida 8 conference titles
Florida 31 all-Americans
THIS IS TENNESSEE and this ^ is what it means dumba**
Still playing catchup you idiot

laraccoon writes:

wow , they run an article on here and as fast as they can the mindless fans, a.k.a. kindergarten club voice their same old drivel. i wonder how many of you arm chair know nothings ever played any football . three fourths of you whine more than any woman and most children ive ever come across !

Vols4life77 writes:

in response to justjohn:

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Look up brays numbers they are pretty good. Do they fall off in SEC play yes but I would say most QB do. Bray is starting because he is BETTER. You will get your chance to see Worley I promise. He didn't exactly light it up last year either. Bray threw for almost 400 yards against a tough Carolina D. I'll take him and by the way he WILL get drafted. Draft experts have him projected anywhere from 2nd to 4th round. One more note: bray was kittens recruit and he was a 4 star so not sure how thats second rate. Don't watch the game today buddy it seems to have taken its toll on you!!

Smokey91 writes:

Can we pretend that it is like the Orange and White Game and switch coaches. I would love to see what UT can do with a good coaching staff.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to Vols4life77:

Okay little boy with bad facts let me help your illiterate Florida retarded arse with some info here.
Tennessee 6 national championships
1938
1940
1950
1951
1967
1998
So there write this down next time you feel you want to talk about championships.
Oh how many do the gators gave? Well that would be a whopping 3. Still playing catchup there gator boy.
Tennessee record 797- 354 which is a (.683) winning percentage
Also 16 conference titles
Also 38 all-Americans
Florida 676-385 which is a (.632) winning percentage
Florida 8 conference titles
Florida 31 all-Americans
THIS IS TENNESSEE and this ^ is what it means dumba**
Still playing catchup you idiot

Excellent!!!!

Chope writes:

in response to justjohn:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

It's all Bray. I thought the defense giving up 38.5 points a game was an issue, so all Bray needs to do is have the offense score 40 points every game, that's not too much to expect. Great observations, I'm glad you posted that. I was sort of thinking we might have a problem on defense. Thanks for the info.

SewaneeVolFan writes:

in response to Vols4life77:

Okay little boy with bad facts let me help your illiterate Florida retarded arse with some info here.
Tennessee 6 national championships
1938
1940
1950
1951
1967
1998
So there write this down next time you feel you want to talk about championships.
Oh how many do the gators gave? Well that would be a whopping 3. Still playing catchup there gator boy.
Tennessee record 797- 354 which is a (.683) winning percentage
Also 16 conference titles
Also 38 all-Americans
Florida 676-385 which is a (.632) winning percentage
Florida 8 conference titles
Florida 31 all-Americans
THIS IS TENNESSEE and this ^ is what it means dumba**
Still playing catchup you idiot

Git down. I don't bother to read any troll's profile, so I don't know why you compare UT's awesome historical record to that of the Gators, but if FL is this particular troll's fave school, then you just whupped on him like he was a rented mule.

Vol1973 writes:

in response to Vols4life77:

Okay little boy with bad facts let me help your illiterate Florida retarded arse with some info here.
Tennessee 6 national championships
1938
1940
1950
1951
1967
1998
So there write this down next time you feel you want to talk about championships.
Oh how many do the gators gave? Well that would be a whopping 3. Still playing catchup there gator boy.
Tennessee record 797- 354 which is a (.683) winning percentage
Also 16 conference titles
Also 38 all-Americans
Florida 676-385 which is a (.632) winning percentage
Florida 8 conference titles
Florida 31 all-Americans
THIS IS TENNESSEE and this ^ is what it means dumba**
Still playing catchup you idiot

Nice !! A real VFL ! Need more fans like YOU.

sportsdoc2016 writes:

We'll see. UT football reduced to playing for the second season of four poor opponents. Of course if we win all 4 we will have had a really good season according to Dooley. Is that what this program has become? Sad state of affairs.

GloryDays writes:

It is sad to see that Troy has a better coach than the Vols. Oh I forgot Dooley just needs more time.

GloryDays writes:

Is the game on TV or the internet?

6972 writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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So the coaching edge goes to Troy. Let me try to take this in. We are paying millions of dollars for a coaching staff where the edge goes to a glorified high school team coaching staff. In comparison, I suspect their salaries are PEANUTS compared to ours....and they have the edge! I don't get it. Whatever happened to the premise,"You get what you pay for." IF DD and his staff are worth the money, it should be time we start getting what we are paying for.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

LSU vs Bamma should be a good SEC game.

Geaux Tigers!

BearGapVol73 writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Is the game on TV or the internet?

Scheduled on Fox Sports South on Dish.

(1)Start Worley for the rest of the season to get experience.

(2) DO NOT BURN PETERMAN"S RED SHIRT. Should be obvious but we know D'wreks history.

Chope writes:

in response to justjohn:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Pretty funny. I thought you were just a da on the 1st post. I get it saying absurd stuff for a response. Good joke. You got me on the 1st one.

thevoice writes:

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Introducing the next Heisman Trophy candidate: Mr. ________, (position), Troy University.

Vol43 writes:

One of my favorite gameday traditions...

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

GatorHater1998 writes:

in response to justjohn:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

you are soooo STUPID! do you even watch the games? against Miss St. we didn't get a stop the whole 1st half. we have the worst secondary in the SEC. we allowed connor shaw who averaged 150 pass YPG over 300 yds passing and a few TDs. if our defense could at least be decent like it was last year we would be 6-2.

Vols4life77 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Another ignorant post!!!! Did you see Dooley anywhere in my post??? I compared tenn and Florida and somehow you brought Dooley in it? Do you really love Dooley? I think you do. He turned you down and now your upset. It's okay there are other fish in the sea. Relax silly pony it will all be okay. Name calling of your want to be boyfriend now that's just immature. If he had braces would you call him metal mouth? If he wore glasses would you call him 4 eyes? So third grade little boy. I bet your single and would bet my paycheck on it and if you are married I bet she is miserable around your pathetic arse!! And one more thing, quit using We in reference to the orange nation, YOU are NOT one of us!!! Thank you

Vols4life77 writes:

in response to justjohn:

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The defense has played pretty darn well? You need to watch every game again, they have given up over 500 yards a game on average. That's not pretty darn well, that's pretty darn bad, I don't care how many snaps their out there. The offense scored 44 to Georgia and lost. They scored 35 to state and list. Go watch some more film

VolnDallas writes:

in response to Chope:

It's all Bray. I thought the defense giving up 38.5 points a game was an issue, so all Bray needs to do is have the offense score 40 points every game, that's not too much to expect. Great observations, I'm glad you posted that. I was sort of thinking we might have a problem on defense. Thanks for the info.

That's funny right there.

6972 writes:

in response to justjohn:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Think I just heard Tim Priest say the defense has given up 50 plays of 20 or more yards. So far in the Troy game, I believe Troy has only had to punt l time at the end of the 1st quarter.

GatorHater1998 writes:

why in the world is hunter returning punts? let cordarelle.

Vols4life77 writes:

in response to justjohn:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Defense has given up 30 points in the first half to Troy. Guess that is bray fault.

tensie2004 writes:

Troy has one BIG advantage over Tennessee and that is that Dooley is our coach!! Sad, Sad day in Tennessee football when you are having a hard time beating a 4-4 Troy team at Neyland Stadium. Very sad.

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