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1.Flori ... Never Mind: Hold that thought for a week. Well, make it 24 hours. OK, at least until the third quarter.
2. Get North/South: Derek Dooley wants to see his tailbacks running north/south, as opposed to too much lateral limbo in the first half against N.C. State. The competition is on. Marlin Lane averaged 8.3 yards a carry in the opener to starter Rajion Neal's 2.4.
3. Oskie Watch: The Vols and Kansas emerged from opening weekend tied with a nation-leading four interceptions. The Jayhawks kick off against Rice at 3:30 if you're compelled to keep score on your smartphone.
4.Kill Bill, Vol. 18: Georgia State coach Bill Curry is 5-11-1 against Tennessee in his career at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky. Curry, in his final season before retirement, makes history today as the first coach to bring four different schools against the Vols. Steve Spurrier did it with three (Duke, Florida and South Carolina).
5. We Miss You, UCLA: For the third consecutive year UT is hosting a Football Championship Series guest. Dooley's first two teams beat Montana and UT Martin by a combined 92-16. Yawn. You might belong to AARP if you remember the last time Tennessee hooked up with the Colonial Athletic Association: Richmond, 1963.
— Mike Strange