Mississippi St., UT's next opponent, No. 2 nationally in turnover margin

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Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell jumps to make a pass against Kentucky during the first half of an SEC game in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday. At right is Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins (27).

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Garry Jones/Associated Press Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell jumps to make a pass against Kentucky during the first half of an SEC game in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday. At right is Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins (27).

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Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell jumps to make a pass against Kentucky during the first half of an SEC game in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday. At right is Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins (27).

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Garry Jones/Associated Press Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell jumps to make a pass against Kentucky during the first half of an SEC game in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday. At right is Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins (27).

Mississippi State creates turnovers but rarely surrenders them, a potent combination for a Tennessee team that was undone by turnovers in the fourth quarter against Georgia.

After an off week focused on fundamentals, the Vols (3-2, 0-2 SEC) return to SEC play on Saturday at No. 19 MSU (5-0, 2-0). The game kicks off at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

Over the weekend, Tennessee was resting — and, presumably watching — the Bulldogs beat Kentucky 27-14 in Lexington. The game was efficient but hardly spectacular. Mississippi State jumped out to 20-7 lead and looked to be on the verge of putting the game away, but the scoring slowed and Kentucky stuck around.

"We get a lead on people, get up and they take their foot off the gas a little bit," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Sunday. "You can't do that."

But what the Bulldogs lacked in sizzle this season, they've made up for in aptitude.

Mississippi State's turnover margin is ranked second nationally, just behind No. 1 Alabama. The Bulldogs have created 11 more turnovers than they've allowed.

On offense, that starts with the reliable Tyler Russell, who in his 14 victories as Mississippi State's starting quarterback, has thrown for 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions. On defense, senior Darius Slay is the stalwart. His four interceptions are tied for second in the nation. (Tennessee's Byron Moore also has four).

The Vols will be the biggest test of the season for MSU's defense, and the most intriguing battle to watch is Tennessee's pass game versus Mississippi State's pass defense. The Vols are ranked 10th in the nation in passing offense, while MSU is ranked 12th in passing efficiency defense. Meaning opposing quarterbacks usually put up ugly numbers against MSU's defense.

"(Tennessee) is an extremely explosive offense,"

said Mullen, in quotes that were posted online by The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. "Their two losses are to two very good football teams."

Mississippi State is off to the program's best start since 1999, but victories against Jackson State, Auburn, Troy, South Alabama and now Kentucky are hardly headline-grabbers. Still, the excitement level in Starkville for Saturday's late-night kickoff is expected to be off-the-charts.

Mississippi State tweeted a "public service announcement" on its official account after the Kentucky game, urging fans to be prepared: "We need Davis Wade Stadium as loud as its ever been next Saturday night vs. Tennessee."

Mullen said he won't have to emphasize the importance of the game.

"Our goals are still alive for us. and that's to compete in the SEC West," he said. "You have to win your home games, and we've stressed this all along."

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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mdvol writes:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

VOL_IN_BAMA writes:

in response to mdvol:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

I hope your right but if the Vols keep playing defense the way they have its going to be an ugly night. They can't keep allowing all these huge plays and expect to come out with a win.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to mdvol:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

Don't know about 2TDs, but I just want the Vols to keep the cowbells quiet.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to mdvol:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

Wassup md? You are spot on with your prediction. We opened as a 3 point dog to Ms State which is about what I speculated. Take the Vols, lay the points, and bet the house!

Vols 34
State 20

papavol writes:

I agree, it should be a vols win. MSU has played a bunch of bums.. Kind of reminds me of us for the Florida game. lots of buzz for the home team. This is a must win game for Dooley though. It really feels like if they lose, Dooley could very well be joining the 10% of un-employed Americans.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to papavol:

I agree, it should be a vols win. MSU has played a bunch of bums.. Kind of reminds me of us for the Florida game. lots of buzz for the home team. This is a must win game for Dooley though. It really feels like if they lose, Dooley could very well be joining the 10% of un-employed Americans.

Thought it was only 7.8%. Heehee

Rosie writes:

Ms state is not a signature win! Stop!

VolGrad writes:

in response to papavol:

I agree, it should be a vols win. MSU has played a bunch of bums.. Kind of reminds me of us for the Florida game. lots of buzz for the home team. This is a must win game for Dooley though. It really feels like if they lose, Dooley could very well be joining the 10% of un-employed Americans.

Don't expect him to be drawing unemployment regardless of how it works out.

Go Vols! Beat the dawgs!!!

traderjoe writes:

Well, glad to see all the Vol diehards are still onboard. After seeing what SC did to UGA, I have to wonder what kind of team the Vols really played last Saturday. Obviously, UGA's defense paled in comparison's to Spurier's defense. MSU probably has a superior defense to Georgia's and we're playing in their house. I'll be pleasantly surprised if the Vols pull off an upset. However, I think it's more probable that TN will find a way to lose. They just don't have the confidence in themselves to find ways to win yet and that goes for the coaching staff as well as the players. Should be an interesting game. Do we get better or take a step back.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

The imposter is wayward claiming to be a Volunteer fan.

gatorhator4eva writes:

in response to mdvol:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

i agree, tennessee i think is going to take there frustration out on them and it isnt going to be pretty. something has to give soon.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to mdvol:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

You mean like they "hung" 40 on UF?

Or did you mean 20 this season and 20 next?

EIGHT

frblalack writes:

Just to say, MS State is probably a top ten team. Then we have South Carolina & Alabama!

I truly hope we can win the first game! I think we have the talent to win all three! IF the secondary can tackle, IF the outside linebackers can contain, and IF our offense can keep control of the time clock. In other words, WE HAVE to improve NOW! If we don't have the guys who can get the job done, then we're probably 0-3 & all the naysayers will be calling for Coach D's head.

We may win or we may lose all three games...but regardless, let's be realistic. It takes 3-4 years to rebuild. Period!

If we can put a hurtin' on the Bulldogs, then our mo' might just carry us on to some BIG TIME UPSETS! Fear the VOLS!

And if we don't happen to win these games, by all means SUPPORT our TEAM! We are on the way back to NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION!

I Support Coach Dooley, Coach Sunsieri, Coach Chaney, and All our Vols...Coaches, Team, and Administration! Coach Dave Hart WILL be recognized as one of the very BEST AD's we've had! And I truly believe Coach Dooley will retire as one of the GREATEST COACHES EVER in the history of Tennessee! Of course the GREATEST COACH EVER in college football was General Robert Neyland...without a doubt! But Coach D should hopefully reach the heights of Coach Fulmer, Wyatt, & Majors. I think he will; just give him time! Remember, an apple doesn't fall too far from the tree!

If we allow our Coaches to recruit & develop these young players, the sky's the limit!

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life - Big Orange Forever!

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

you are an imposter as a Vol fan

TooDlems writes:

in response to gatorhator4eva:

i agree, tennessee i think is going to take there frustration out on them and it isnt going to be pretty. something has to give soon.

That's what I told the old lady right before the bed broke.

shipperman#280095 writes:

I love my VOLS...But what makes any of you think Dooley is going to do such great things? Sure he is recruiting some fair players, but Muschamp, Saban, Miles and Spurrier are continuing to recruit better players. We will never catch up to the big time with Dooley

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

We should win this one. Won't be easy. As for a signifies win....sorry folks, that's gotta come against one of the big boys. You're not brought here to beat Mississippi State.

Classof72 writes:

The Vols secondary is too slow to play all man in front of blitzes. Defense is uncoordinated, and executes poorly. Unless they worked up a good zone package in open date, it's going to be a long, ugly season.

Because of the timing of Dooley's hire, and that he had to cobble together a staff, he should probably be given another year. The recruiting has been good, but not good enough. Maybe the younger guys will play better in the secondary, and the linebackers will stop screwing up, and the team will win big. I hope so, but I doubt it. GO VOLS, anyway!

jobrando#216494 writes:

Colonel Dooley's Last Stand at Little Bigville
Let's hope he survives this time

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to mdvol:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

I use to think laws of average would finally appear for the VOLS but now it's show me....

brod writes:

it's time. get it done.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

We have to silence the cowbells EARLY in the game by jumping on the Bulldogs out of the gate. We need to score on our first possession and then on-side kick them.....14-0 Vols halfway thru 1st qtr!!

Vols 34
State 20

crappieking writes:

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thevoice writes:

in response to mdvol:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

Vandy would call this a signature win too.

voloffaith writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

Thought it was only 7.8%. Heehee

not if you count the ones who have given up looking..then 14%+.....

On topic, must win...DUH!.....probably our best shot...then Mizzou....kittens and dora will play us hard...Troy no rollover...elephants and feathered hens doubtful....

voloffaith writes:

in response to crappieking:

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Now Tommy get off that computer right now! The school bus is coming up the road...grab and apple and remember your hankie...be a good boy and don't talk back to the teacher....remember today's special word is P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C....

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

We should win this one. Won't be easy. As for a signifies win....sorry folks, that's gotta come against one of the big boys. You're not brought here to beat Mississippi State.

I don't agree. It seems now that even NCSt was a significant win. It definitely made NCSt work harder.
If you mean "signature" as in beating a top ten?? Well knocking any team out of the top 25 is significant at least. But them not being a top ten team then I guess you're right.

Beating Miss State is never guaranteed. Unlike Vandy or Kentucky. This year Miss St seems to be the real deal as far as top 20. At least till we beat them.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Wow this is a first. Crappie and Waltie "sittin' in a tree" (so to speak).
Isn't this your first pick against the Vols? I mean you're such a true fan and all. Ok NOT of the Vols but you are a true fan of Crappie the King.
I guess if you pick Miss St then we should all know what's coming for our poor Volunteers. Well maybe not. Aren't you one of those that said we wouldn't win any games this year? maybe not but you definitely haven't picked us to win any so far.

UT FINALLY finds some defense!!(just hopeful)

UT35 MS17

UTKin1992 writes:

Looks all downhill in October...three quality wins coming up!

With Dooley, possibly the most underrated coach in college football history, our Vols should pitch a shut out in each game. If not, well I say he gets a 10 year contract extension to build our Vols back to mediocrity - in HIS own time frame. Really, what coach has the ability to rebuild a team in only 3 full years?! That's just unrealistic! This man is unique, not unlike our president, and deserves years - if not decades - to obtain an SEC victory! The man is that valuable.

Keep the Dooley train rollin' Vol message board!

JonGrudensAgent writes:

in response to Classof72:

The Vols secondary is too slow to play all man in front of blitzes. Defense is uncoordinated, and executes poorly. Unless they worked up a good zone package in open date, it's going to be a long, ugly season.

Because of the timing of Dooley's hire, and that he had to cobble together a staff, he should probably be given another year. The recruiting has been good, but not good enough. Maybe the younger guys will play better in the secondary, and the linebackers will stop screwing up, and the team will win big. I hope so, but I doubt it. GO VOLS, anyway!

Someone on here that can actually talk football instead of expressing blind faith for or against Dooley.

You're exactly right, this defensive back field is far to slow to cover up being out of position and taking bad angles.

One would think a group of upperclassmen could grasp the defense a little better by 5 games into the season but the Georgia game proved this to not be true.

I am hoping McNeil proves up to the challenge since Dooley alluded to him getting much more playing time after the Georgia game on the back end of the defense.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

I don't agree. It seems now that even NCSt was a significant win. It definitely made NCSt work harder.
If you mean "signature" as in beating a top ten?? Well knocking any team out of the top 25 is significant at least. But them not being a top ten team then I guess you're right.

Beating Miss State is never guaranteed. Unlike Vandy or Kentucky. This year Miss St seems to be the real deal as far as top 20. At least till we beat them.

Yes I meant a signature win. We should beat State. We have more talent. And no it's not a signature win. For Dooley, perhaps so. At The University of Tennessee...not so much. He's brought here to beat UGA, SC, Florida, and Bama. Not all in one season, but one of those teams going down isn't much to ask for. I understand in seasons past not beating them. But we have the talent to beat atleast one of those teams. As for Mississippi State, we have a better roster than them. They haven't beaten anyone significant. They are getting far too much credit for the Auburn win.

crappieking writes:

in response to crappieking:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

KNS, I just spoke the truth. I assume the delusional fans on here suggested removal of my post. What I typed still stands.

Sir_Spanky writes:

in response to Classof72:

The Vols secondary is too slow to play all man in front of blitzes. Defense is uncoordinated, and executes poorly. Unless they worked up a good zone package in open date, it's going to be a long, ugly season.

Because of the timing of Dooley's hire, and that he had to cobble together a staff, he should probably be given another year. The recruiting has been good, but not good enough. Maybe the younger guys will play better in the secondary, and the linebackers will stop screwing up, and the team will win big. I hope so, but I doubt it. GO VOLS, anyway!

Although one can hope, there's probably too much on the plate for a defense fix in an mere open date. Lining up right would help some, but it's hard to straighten out something that should've been done in Spring/August. One thing's for sure though - Mullen won't waste any time finding out just how much TN got done the last 2 weeks.

Ayres_Hall writes:

The Legion of the Miserable still living in the 70s?

Yes. MSU and South Carolina are ranked teams. No. Army and Navy are not.

15_counting writes:

in response to frblalack:

Just to say, MS State is probably a top ten team. Then we have South Carolina & Alabama!

I truly hope we can win the first game! I think we have the talent to win all three! IF the secondary can tackle, IF the outside linebackers can contain, and IF our offense can keep control of the time clock. In other words, WE HAVE to improve NOW! If we don't have the guys who can get the job done, then we're probably 0-3 & all the naysayers will be calling for Coach D's head.

We may win or we may lose all three games...but regardless, let's be realistic. It takes 3-4 years to rebuild. Period!

If we can put a hurtin' on the Bulldogs, then our mo' might just carry us on to some BIG TIME UPSETS! Fear the VOLS!

And if we don't happen to win these games, by all means SUPPORT our TEAM! We are on the way back to NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION!

I Support Coach Dooley, Coach Sunsieri, Coach Chaney, and All our Vols...Coaches, Team, and Administration! Coach Dave Hart WILL be recognized as one of the very BEST AD's we've had! And I truly believe Coach Dooley will retire as one of the GREATEST COACHES EVER in the history of Tennessee! Of course the GREATEST COACH EVER in college football was General Robert Neyland...without a doubt! But Coach D should hopefully reach the heights of Coach Fulmer, Wyatt, & Majors. I think he will; just give him time! Remember, an apple doesn't fall too far from the tree!

If we allow our Coaches to recruit & develop these young players, the sky's the limit!

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life - Big Orange Forever!

Unless I missed a couple there are a total of seven "IF's" in this post. Of the seven, two are obtainable!

1. "If we don't have the guys who can get the job done."
2. "If we don't happen to win these games."

dvhill100 writes:

You all need to get a grip. The defense was going to struggle this year. Just look at Alabama and Georgia in their first year switching defense. They also had much deeper and talented rosters than CDD has started out with. I don't know if he and his staff are the long term solution, but his teams and recruiting have show improvement every year. He needs time and support as long as he is the UT coach. If the administration and money folks decide he has to go, that will be their decision, not anyone on this board.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to thevoice:

Vandy would call this a signature win too.

Funny

tulelakevol writes:

Until Dools shows that he can win, he is not a winner. You are what your record says you are, and Dools record ain't pretty.

pcshowtime writes:

I still stand behind the switch to the 3-4 is ill advised in a year your job is on the line. Also do not give me that stuff about dooley not being able to put together a staff it is BS. You mean to tell me when dooley was hired he couldn't find one other position coach that runs a 3-4 D and would come to Tennessee to be Defensive Coordinator. A position coach that is all coach Sal was at alabama not a DC. People forget we already had one staff Lance Thompson. As for the 3-4 getting better in year 2 ask Georgia about that. Now a little reality check if our D does not improve we will not beat m State.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to Classof72:

The Vols secondary is too slow to play all man in front of blitzes. Defense is uncoordinated, and executes poorly. Unless they worked up a good zone package in open date, it's going to be a long, ugly season.

Because of the timing of Dooley's hire, and that he had to cobble together a staff, he should probably be given another year. The recruiting has been good, but not good enough. Maybe the younger guys will play better in the secondary, and the linebackers will stop screwing up, and the team will win big. I hope so, but I doubt it. GO VOLS, anyway!

Good call..It kills me that our secondary never press covers especially against WR's that aren't that good..And they aren't good in whatever base coverage they use now..Ga's WR's were way to open against us but USC press covered them; exposing just how average they are and Murray was shell shocked and totally shut down!!!We have guys that are ball hawks but can't open field tackle and better tacklers who give 10 yard cushions..I really have to question Ansley and Conklins coaching skills here!!!We are talking about JR and SR players who aren't getting better..Sal is the one who puts them in certain coverages but give me a break..Just because your not fast doesn't mean you can't cover a simple in route!! I would most certainly can Conklin and bring in a retired NFL player.. 2 guys immediately come to mind..Dawkins and Allen had tremendous hall of fame careers with the Eagles and have knowledge our current coaches would kill to have

GvlVol writes:

MS State is a quality program trapped under elite programs in the West. They have good players and a good coach working to turn the tide of that program. State is a legit top 20 team.

Vols defeated MS State in 98 on the way to National Championship. There is no reason not to believe they are a quality team again this year.

Vols face a tough one this Saturday. Away game against a quality SEC program (players and coaches) trying to make a statement. If State beats Vols, it makes a statement. If Vols beat State, it is a signature win.

Go Vols

RockVegas writes:

in response to Classof72:

The Vols secondary is too slow to play all man in front of blitzes. Defense is uncoordinated, and executes poorly. Unless they worked up a good zone package in open date, it's going to be a long, ugly season.

Because of the timing of Dooley's hire, and that he had to cobble together a staff, he should probably be given another year. The recruiting has been good, but not good enough. Maybe the younger guys will play better in the secondary, and the linebackers will stop screwing up, and the team will win big. I hope so, but I doubt it. GO VOLS, anyway!

I agree with you 100%,I don't think it's the system,I just think we don't have the players to run the system the way it should be ran on Defense.Everybody always say the stars doesn't matter,it matter's when your playing against 5*s every weekend and you only have 3*s.It's funny how when we recruit 2 and 3 stars it takes four years,for them to finally get it.Then we turn around and let the good ones get away and they go somewhere else and play like they are 5*s.I watch R.Cobb in the NFL,he make a mistake every now and then,but for the most part he plays the game as if he's been around for years.Another 2* from the area that was told he wasn't good enough to play for U.T. I believe he made a better choice anyway to be honest,if he had come to U.T he probably would have rode the bench or wouldn't have got drafted.I still believe you have to go out and get the best coaches for a team,just like the best teachers for a classroom,look at A.Foster but that's another story.Go Beat Miss-State Vols....GBO.

oldvoltimer62 writes:

Signature win? Bwahaahaa If Doolittle drops this one and I think he will.He can probally pack his donkey outta Knoxville.Only a Bama upset might save his job and it taint likely that will happen.Looking like 0 for Oct. looming for the Vols GBO!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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MSU's front seven isn't nearly as good as GA's or FLA's and we had over 100 yards against both..But with Chaney you never know what you might get..I don't think Chaney is stupid enough to come out right away and challenge 2 of the best DB's in the SEC when Rajon is playing good..But when your QB is having to call up to Chaney upstairs during a game to keep running the ball that's not a good sign

OrangePsyched writes:

It's time for players,staff and fans to circle the wagon's. If we win this weekend it will give this team a big boost. I will say this...if the time ever comes and CDD is replaced I hope we hire someone who will do very well. Let me say though I don't care if we hire the coach of UT Martin I may not like the decision BUT I WILL SUPPORT HIM AS HE WOULD BE OUR COACH. You will NEVER see me come on here and EVERY post demean the coach. That said I fully support CDD and always have. I believe that he is getting us to where we need to be. You can criticize our recruiting but fact is we have 10-12 players on this team that will play in the NFL.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to mdvol:

It will sound strange that Dooley's first signature win is against Mississippi State. But, five years of frustration is coming out in Starkville.

VOLS will drill Miss ST by two touchdowns.

Skippy is back with another fearless Vol prediction. When is the last time UT beat a SEC school on the road by 14 pts? Do some research and post. So looking forward to your "we will drill Alabama" number next week.

At least your annual Novemberfast of Vandy, Ky and assorted high school opponents is still on the table.

CroKev writes:

Well, a big plus going for us is the bye week last weekend. We haven't really used the bye weeks to our advantage of late. We had it before Buffalo last year but didn't need it (41-10). In 2010, Bama beat us despite the bye in Knoxville 41-10. In 2009, we almost beat Bama in Tuscaloosa with 2 weeks of prep but we all remember 2 missed field goals. We needed it to barely beat UAB in 2008 and, yes, it did come in handy against Georgia in 2007 when we drilled them 35-14.

Yes, we have better talent than Miss. St. but they do have momentum and home field advantage. Looks like we have the beginnings of a running game but we sure need some faster LB and CB play on the outside, "turf-toe" or not.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Skippy is back with another fearless Vol prediction. When is the last time UT beat a SEC school on the road by 14 pts? Do some research and post. So looking forward to your "we will drill Alabama" number next week.

At least your annual Novemberfast of Vandy, Ky and assorted high school opponents is still on the table.

I'd bet you money on this one if it hadn't been for that bad Georgia loss. 'cause I'd have bet money on Georgia too before the fiasco. My predictions aren't perfect, but I think UT WILL win by at least 2 TDs. No I won't bet you on this. Being optimistic doesn't necessarily mean stupid. I hope it doesn't. Well really I'm optimistic about not being stupid.

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to dvhill100:

You all need to get a grip. The defense was going to struggle this year. Just look at Alabama and Georgia in their first year switching defense. They also had much deeper and talented rosters than CDD has started out with. I don't know if he and his staff are the long term solution, but his teams and recruiting have show improvement every year. He needs time and support as long as he is the UT coach. If the administration and money folks decide he has to go, that will be their decision, not anyone on this board.

agree btw are you from Trenton ??????

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