John Adams: UT's lack of defense will give Missouri flashbacks to Big 12 days

John Adams

Missouri should feel right at home this afternoon at Neyland Stadium.

Never mind the new venue. Once these SEC rookies line up against UT's defense, they will think they're back in the Big 12, where defense is a foreign subject and games like UT's 55-48 victory over Troy last Saturday are routine.

Tennessee 38, Missouri 34: That's not a halftime score. Despite what I've seen the last six weeks, I actually believe the Vols can hold an opponent under 38 points — especially since this particular opponent is averaging 22 points a game, or about eight points fewer than what Troy had at halftime last week.

Alabama 34, Texas A&M 17: The Aggies can match the Tide in offense. Defense is another matter, as Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel found out against LSU and in the second half against Florida.

Nobody else has come close to containing the SEC's total offensive leader. But look for Alabama to pick up where LSU left off, containing Manziel in the pocket and forcing him to throw into tight coverage.

The Tigers intercepted him three times and held him to 27 yards rushing.

Manziel bounced back quickly — as evidenced by his stats and the female companions in his Halloween photos that have made the Internet rounds.

LSU 38, Mississippi State 17: Les Miles' coaching gaffes, which figured so prominently in the loss to Alabama, shouldn't be a factor against the Bulldogs, who have lost back-to-back games after a 7-0 start. If they don't snap out of it fast, coach Dan Mullen will lose his spot on the rumor mill as the successor to UT coach Derek Dooley.

Note to Miles: You don't have to fake field goals or attempt them from 54 yards. Just hand the ball to any one of your four or five running backs.

Georgia 37, Auburn 20: The Bulldogs beat the rush when it came to beating the Tigers. They beat Auburn 45-7 last season when the Tigers were defending national champions.

That was the first of eight consecutive SEC losses for the Tigers. This will be No. 9. No. 10 is scheduled for Nov. 24 in Tuscaloosa.

Wonder if Auburn coach Gene Chizik requested to be Joker Phillips' Facebook friend this week?

Florida 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 13: UT fans should be pulling for the Gators in this one. If the Gators have a big day passing, the Vols could move up in NCAA pass-defense statistics.

UT currently ranks 115th nationally in pass defense. Louisiana-Lafayette is 114th.

Vanderbilt 27, Ole Miss 24: The Commodores have won three of their last four SEC games and still have a chance to win eight games in a season for the first time in 30 years. If they keep this up, NCAA investigators will start wondering what's going on.

South Carolina, 35, Arkansas 20: It's too much to ask for Razorbacks coach John L. Smith to pull off two upsets this week. He already beat the odds once by not being fired before Kentucky's Phillips.

Top 25: Kansas State 34, TCU 23; Notre Dame 38, Boston College 10; Oregon 63, Cal 17; Oregon State 27, Stanford 24; Oklahoma 56, Baylor 24; Clemson 42, Maryland 13; Southern California 48, Arizona State 24; Texas Tech 55, Kansas 20; Louisville 37, Syracuse 24; Nebraska 31, Penn State 27; Oklahoma State 45, West Virginia 38; Rutgers 34, Army 17; Louisiana Tech 48, Texas State 17.

Record: 163-38 (.819), 93-86 (.520) against the spread.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns

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Comments » 11

VolzsFan writes:

IT'S BASKETBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!!! THAT SAD FALL PASTIME HAS GOT US TO THIS. WHO CARES ABOUT UT'S SAD FOOTBALL?

atnvol#283282 writes:

I must admit, I laughed my tail off at Adams' article title....

trl_x writes:

Pretty much the score I expect.

Vols 38 Mizzou 31.

Coaches fate will depend on Vandy.

No way the Vols lose to UK. Not again.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

once again johnboy adams shows his lack of reporting...you da man johnboy...pitful plum pitful

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to BigOrangeSmoker:

once again johnboy adams shows his lack of reporting...you da man johnboy...pitful plum pitful

Adams was truthful about our defense but his ho-hum writing combined with his talent to recognize the obvious, makes the statement - " No talent reporting makes John Adams feel right at home"

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

IT'S BASKETBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!!! THAT SAD FALL PASTIME HAS GOT US TO THIS. WHO CARES ABOUT UT'S SAD FOOTBALL?

Looks as if the Lady VOLS will lose tonight so basketball may not be as fun as we want

SummittsCourt writes:

but whole adams strikes again.

Supersayin1 writes:

Vols 42-Mizzou 32
Vols 37-Vandy 24
Vols 55-Kentucky 21

Bowl Game Vols 42-Miami/TCU/Boise St/Michigan St 24

kwcoach writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

Vols 42-Mizzou 32
Vols 37-Vandy 24
Vols 55-Kentucky 21

Bowl Game Vols 42-Miami/TCU/Boise St/Michigan St 24

What are you smoking? Tennessee will lose tomorrow then Dooley will be fired on Sunday.

tovolny writes:

CUTE, CUTE, CUTE. Here we go again. A few things in this p o s article were just a little over the top.

killervol69 writes:

in response to Supersayin1:

Vols 42-Mizzou 32
Vols 37-Vandy 24
Vols 55-Kentucky 21

Bowl Game Vols 42-Miami/TCU/Boise St/Michigan St 24

You are almost as ignorant as J Adams; UT has no defense, and when playing a defense ranked 22 in country, this will mean (2) things: another SEC loss for our beloved Vols, and CDD's fate sealed at UT. I soooo wish I was wrong, but I'm afraid I'm right.

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