Report Card: Tennessee-Akron

Akron's Quentin Hines is taken down by several Vols during second half Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012. Tennessee defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore (94), A.J. Johnson (45) and Corey Miller (80). (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Akron's Quentin Hines is taken down by several Vols during second half Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012. Tennessee defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore (94), A.J. Johnson (45) and Corey Miller (80). (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Recap: Akron at Tennessee

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Tennessee running back Marlin Lane on a run during the first half against Akron at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

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Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Tennessee running back Marlin Lane on a run during the first half against Akron at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

Quarterbacks B

Tyler Bray put up monster numbers (27-of-43 for 401 yards and four touchdowns) and at times seemed to pass at will against the overmatched Akron defense. But the interception he threw in the first quarter lowers his grade. It allowed the Zips to hang around. In an SEC game, it might have cost the Vols a win.

Running backs B

Rajion Neal had a costly fumble, but still ran for a career-high 151 yards. Plenty of players got carries behind him. Interestingly, the first off the bench was freshman Quenshaun Watson, although he didn't do much. Marlin Lane (nine carries, 47 yards) fared much better in the second half.

Wide receivers/tight ends B

Justin Hunter surpassed 100 yards again and continues to be Bray's most reliable target and favorite receiver. Zach Rogers had two drops after making a nice 48-yard reception on an underthrown pass by Bray. Cordarelle Patterson was in negative yardage for much of the game and was actually out-gained by Jacob Carter, who made a nifty catch for his first career touchdown. Tight end Brendan Downs, back after a quick knee rehabilitation, also had a touchdown catch.

Offensive line C

With a few exceptions, Bray had time to throw and the running backs had big holes to run through. But two failures on third- and fourth-and-short continue to raise concerns in short-yardage situations.

DEFENSIVE LINE C

Akron's offense is designed around short passes, so it's not surprising that Zips quarterback Dalton Williams was sacked only once. Dooley said there was a concerted decision by coaches not to blitz Williams and risk a big pass play. But a little more pressure might have eased the pressure on Tennessee's secondary.

LINEBACKERS C

The Vols gave up another big play (a 70-yard run before halftime) and missed opportunities to disrupt long Akron drives. But they made Akron settle for field goals and kept a scare from turning into a loss.

SECONDARY B

All the secondary's shortcomings were absolved by three interceptions, including a game-changer in the fourth quarter by Eric Gordon. Byron Moore had two interceptions and came close to a hat trick late in the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS A

In an unlikely battle of kickers, Derrick Brodus held his own, making all four of his field goals and not missing an extra point — the first time that's happened for the Vols this season. Tennessee is still waiting on game-changing plays in the return game. Devrin Young came close on a late punt. Big returns will help immensely next week, when the Vols will need everything to go their way.

Coaching C

Tennessee's depth and talent eventually overwhelmed Akron late in the game, but the Zips had an impressive offensive game plan that made up for their inability to compete on size and speed. Tennessee coaches deserve credit for keeping players from panicking. In a 60-minute game, the Vols' advantages grew over time and coaches knew it.

Overall C

This game will do little to bolster Tennessee's confidence heading into next week's game against Georgia, but it wasn't the disaster it appeared it might be in the third quarter. That said, with Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray picking apart opposing defenses, the Vols' defense could be under the gun in six days.

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runninbroke writes:

Getting off to a quick start will be the key. If we fall behind quickly early on, we could get rolled. I like Dooley and want him to succeed so these next 4 games are crucial! Lets get them dawgs!! By the way, any grade above a c-minus in this game would be a stretch!

td writes:

Although Raijon Neal had a career night against Akron, the Vols simply cannot survive if they can't consistently convert 3rd and short. The team has an impressive array of offensive talent, but lacks that "big back" who can run between the tackles and punish the linebackers. The irony is: CDD insisted on employing a Graduate Assistant as the Running Backs Coach his first two years. I submit that cost Tennessee at least one top tier tailback recruit. Let's hope it's not too late for Jay Graham to save the bacon. We'll know the fate before Halloween.

HeyWhitey writes:

I watched the Georgia-Vandy game and hate to say it but I don't believe the Vols stand a snowballs chance in hell. Not with this coaching staff.

alfrizzle097 writes:

Wonder what this offense would have looked like if Rogers hadn't forced their hands....

Volsguy writes:

I truly feel this is as good as it gets. Not here to fight with anyone about who is right and who is wrong but I must say I miss Fat Phil. UT needs to spend some money and get a PROVEN top tier coach or we will be the Next Kentucky. If we did that with Georgia there is no coming back like we did tonight. I will always be a Vol but faith is lacking hard-core.

Orangeblood13 writes:

heck with Rogers, get over it, Patterson is equal in talent and Rivera is very capable, for whatever reason, Bray just don't throw to them. Chaney is so predictable

NYvolFan writes:

These grades are a total joke. We looked like phooey...all night, except for Brodus in the kicking game. UGA is going to KILL us...the coaches should ALL be fired after tonight. And it starts at the top! I've NEVER seen a VOL team coaches SO poorly...bad play calling and bad decision-making. 4th and 7????? That was shocking.

xvolx writes:

The coaching is highschool level.

bigorangebolt writes:

CDD is a nice high school coach at best! I have never seen such a horrible running game with no schemes! The defense is a ticking time bomb! The Ga game is going to be ugly for the Vols! I watched the Ga vs Vandy game tonight, and Ga is coming together! Mr Hart, we pay you very good, so do your job!

tmcretired writes:

The problem is the coach never should been hired and if there was no one else only should have given him a three year contract. Now fans have to hear the line we can't afford to fire him.Ga.is looking good SC looking good. We are not looking like SEC team

woodcutter writes:

A “C” is way too generous against a weak MAC team! Another game where the defense didn’t know what to do! We have a real coaching problem, particularly on defense, but offense is not much better. The final score doesn’t reflect how poorly we played – again. We have some good quality players; it is the coaching where we fail. We better get some quality coaches before quality players stop coming to Tennessee!

vol98champ writes:

I have to admit that I am sick of us making weak teams look good, but I would hate to have the responsibility for finding the answer. The best answer is probably keeping all juniors next year and recruiting a great running back. I have seen about 50 this year who are better than ours. Ours go down if their ankles are brushed.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Looked like they are learning. Should be able to give the DAWGS fits in an upset of unheard of proportions. Dooley shows his metal in the Georgia game. VOLS by two TD'S.

Squid_Vol writes:

It looks like naysayers are generally early risers. Yes, vol play felt a little sketchy last night. Yes, akron is well coached and has a few playmakers. Yes UGA will be tough. But predicting an UGA blowout right now is as hasty as predicting a TN blowout of FLA after having seen them (FLA) struggle against Bowling Green. MAC is not the SEC, but their teams and players are not chumps. Stop panicking and let the game be played on the field. TN has weapons too; lets get behind them instead of telling one another how fast the sky is falling...

hossfly12 writes:

in response to xvolx:

The coaching is highschool level.

agreed....i just can't get over how uninspired and fragile this whole "organization" is. bray is a punk looking for his next excuse. his talents are not going to outweigh his lack of leadership and lack of toughness. i'd like to know what worley would look like. and patterson might be the best athlete on the team...wow, what talent (but under utilized)

this lackluster showing would be easier to swallow if we would have taken care of business last week.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Got to give an A overall just because they did not fold and lay down and cry. I see hope in the GA game. It's obvious SAL's behind but catching up fast as will be seen Saturday. Folks I'd rather keep losing to the Gators and Kentucky than to the Chihuahua's or better yet the pink Poodles

ambrown64 writes:

It is not ridiculous to expect some jumbos to push a little D-line back off the ball and make a few yards on the ground. To do that, you must have coaches that see the value of operating an offense that way, and make it a firm expectation. When these young guys see coaches abandon the run, they know there is not REALLY a demand that they power run block, because coach will not stick with the run anyway.

As for Florida...I take the loss in stride as UF is a pretty good team. I don't take the COLLAPSE lightly. Defensively, the boys probably got tired and I understand why. The overt aggressiveness we showed against NCST and Ga St is tough to roll out against a team with more size and speed than you. They'll use it against you, and it becomes a weakness, as there are over commits, over pursuits and big, wide open spaces.

On offense, once UF was sure we couldn't run, game over. Once UF saw that we were one dimensional, I am sure that was the reason for the deflation we saw in Bray, the drops from Hunter, etc. Once UF went up by 7, we had play calling and coaching body language that suggested our staff panicked - and that rolled through our team. Leader's buffer fear and pain - period. They stick to their guns, make the troops stick to fundamentals, and maintain cool heads. Its everyman's choice how to carry himself in the face of job adversity. Leaders are supposed to buffer those feelings, not transfer them throughout the troops.

My disappointment is that I thought we hit bottom last year, and that this team would have a healthy approach to the game. I am sad to see us still playing as though someone is scared of getting fired. I just want to see these guys play with joy of the game, and not revert to the non-confidence and feeling of desperation we had last year. IF we can do that, I don't care about wins and losses. I root for Dooley, allow that he can learn and grow professionally, and think that he has. But there are signs of the same now, and the culture he manages cannot be tinted by career risk and apprehension. Line up and run a power play as though you're a nasty sorta man, and it just might eventually come true.

Here is the truth of where we stand now: If we play fundamental, conservative football, superior personnel will usually beat us, but we might spring an upset here or there, and we won't beat ourselves. Right now, again, we are starting to resemble that team that helps the opponent win. Please coaches - keep focused on fundamental, rather than gimmick football - and keep the locker room and yourselves loose. Then let the chips fall where they may. You are not going to micro-manage or gimmick your way into success. You are not so clever that you can play Ty Detmer era BYU football and win in the SEC. Just hold a line, play SEC football. At least you win or lose honestly without all of the nonsense.

SevenT writes:

Another Tennessee win against a hand picked weak team to get the the magical 6 win Music City Bowl.

Another opportunity for an overhyped, average, head-case Ryan Leaf...err Tyler Bray to pad his stats against a warm-up team.

Just Sayin

cloudodust writes:

The question still remains : Can this Tennessee team play focused for 60 (plus) minutes..? So far this season, I've seen poor starts, poor middles and poor finishes albeit 3-1. The responsibility of playing 60 full minutes falls to coaches and players, not the fans. Not laying down will be needed next Saturday. As always, GBO

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

Had the Vols won 50-0, all the trolls and naysayers would have been whining about what a creampuff Akron is. Akron is better than their record indicates. Akron was a glass of cold water in the face and maybe, just maybe, that is what the Vols needed.

Yes, UGA rolled over Vandy...but its Vandy. The Vols will be ready for UGA. Whether they come out of Athens with a "W" remains to be seen. But I will be there. I will be cheering for my Vols. I will be booing the Dogs at every turn. Win, Lose, or Draw...they are our Vols. Support them or go root for Southern Cal and the Surfer Dude.

Vols 27 (Brodus wins it on a last second 50 yarder)
Dogs 24

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

Another Tennessee win against a hand picked weak team to get the the magical 6 win Music City Bowl.

Another opportunity for an overhyped, average, head-case Ryan Leaf...err Tyler Bray to pad his stats against a warm-up team.

Just Sayin

Don't you have some tables to bus? I thought Sunday morning were always busy at Waffle House.

Just Sayin

Sir_Spanky writes:

Pour another one.

jawga writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Looked like they are learning. Should be able to give the DAWGS fits in an upset of unheard of proportions. Dooley shows his metal in the Georgia game. VOLS by two TD'S.

What do you have in the Orange Kool-Aid you're drinking? Dawgs are going to run for days on Sal's version of the 3-4. If UT cannot convert a 3rd & short on the Zips this is going to be a classic beat-down 'Tween the Hedges.

JCJ1986 writes:

Sheesh, I'm not a fan of Dooley right now, but I'm really starting to wonder if some of our Tennessee fans know ANYTHING about football. We beat this team by 21 points, would've been 28 if not for a pick-6. Some impressive red zone defense by Akron kept the score from being even worse.

Ok, they're a MAC team, but there are 106 other schools that play football outside of the 'Ess A Cee.' Remember Bowling Green kept it close for 3.5 quarters against Florida who then later trounced us.

Were you whiners expecting to win by 75? We were the team with the better talent, and we won.

I would have liked to have seen our OL outmuscle their DL for those short down plays. Marlin Lane should be getting more carries, Que Watson should be reserved for 4thQ blowouts. Jim Chaney can't get over his obsession with passing it on the goal line. Derek Dooley showed a little more guts and went for it on 4th down, but the players didn't execute. Not everything can be placed at the feet of the coaches.

The Florida loss is behind us now. Let's save judgement on the rest of this season. But if Dooley wants to save his job, he MUST beat Georgia. Will that happen? I don't know. But let's save the armchair analysis until AFTER the game.

shoelessvol#236864 writes:

Sandwiched between Florida and Georgia, what else would you expect by playing Akron? If any of us were playing last night our effort and motivation at the beginning of the game with some 20,000 empty seats, (I was there), would be just like the Vols. We had a nice game plan to limit any long plays in the passing game. Yes I was frustrated too...but it worked out well in the 2nd half. Played better as the game went along! We may be overmatched next week against the Dawgs...but I believe that we got at least one upset in us this year either next week or against Alabama or South Carolina! GO VOLS!!

SevenT writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Don't you have some tables to bus? I thought Sunday morning were always busy at Waffle House.

Just Sayin

Big O Size 76:

My shift starts in a little while. Why don't you and your vol-pals stop in and I will make that hot tea with extra tea bags just the way y'all like it. But please remember brown goes down this time.

Stay Classy

tenndave writes:

Without pressure on the quarterback Sat. we will be picked apart. Twice maybe more last night we pulled the left corner up to fake a blitz. The reciever just slanted in a little to the open position he created with the fake and their quarterback threw to him. Our safety saw it coming too late at least 3 times. Twice it gave Akron a first down on short yardage. Yes the safety made the tackle but should have been there soon enough to pick off the pass ala FL. last week. I am not a coach but I was screeming at the TV each time yelling "Move UP" to the safety. If I can see those weaknesses can you imagine the napkins needed at GA today for the drool on the OF. Cord. face today.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to jawga:

What do you have in the Orange Kool-Aid you're drinking? Dawgs are going to run for days on Sal's version of the 3-4. If UT cannot convert a 3rd & short on the Zips this is going to be a classic beat-down 'Tween the Hedges.

We had our 2nd team in most of the ZIP game. Just a warm up for the Pomeranians. Vols by two td's and one FG. SAL will debut his finished product Saturday. Dooley will get retribution for his daddy between the weeds.

volbob writes:

I'm glad the coaching staff was able to make some changes at the half in order to semi-counter the Akron offense. They did the opposite in the Florida game. Having said that, I think the D coordinator needs to go back to being a position coach. TN desperately needs someone like Chavis. Its gonna be ugly the next 4 weeks with this scheme on defense. Something that resembled pressure up front, along with a secondary that didn't play 20 yards away from the action, would have been in order. It's looking like a wholesale change in staff is one it's way...once again. GBO

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

Big O Size 76:

My shift starts in a little while. Why don't you and your vol-pals stop in and I will make that hot tea with extra tea bags just the way y'all like it. But please remember brown goes down this time.

Stay Classy

I see your issues don't stop at Vol bashing. Your issues go way beyond being a troll. You tell me to "Stay Classy"??? Guess I should tell you to "Stay Trashy"....because that is what you are. Were you born P.W.T or did you grow into it?

How did your Mildcats do yesterday? I bet they threw a scare into Florida.

Classof72 writes:

There are two possible overall grades. One is "W". The other is "L". "W" is passing. This was a "W". This was a good game. The next test will come soon enough.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

"Dooley would have been the butt of jokes this morning".

Coming from an a**clown....that is pretty ironic. Keep up the good work Toddygirl. Has Cowher returned your call yet? How close are you to having the full $100 Meeelion Dollars? Are you going to give it to him up front? Genius...pure genius.

TNFaninFL writes:

in response to td:

Although Raijon Neal had a career night against Akron, the Vols simply cannot survive if they can't consistently convert 3rd and short. The team has an impressive array of offensive talent, but lacks that "big back" who can run between the tackles and punish the linebackers. The irony is: CDD insisted on employing a Graduate Assistant as the Running Backs Coach his first two years. I submit that cost Tennessee at least one top tier tailback recruit. Let's hope it's not too late for Jay Graham to save the bacon. We'll know the fate before Halloween.

Short yardage back : AJ or Marlin Lane. Neal isn't that guy, I think the coaches like him because of his speed to burst around the end or off tackle assuming there is a hole but he does not have the ability to push tacklers back.Need a punisher in there, AJ missed the right hole last night but with soem practice could be the answer, 245 lbs running downhill.

bigdisbig writes:

in response to JCJ1986:

Sheesh, I'm not a fan of Dooley right now, but I'm really starting to wonder if some of our Tennessee fans know ANYTHING about football. We beat this team by 21 points, would've been 28 if not for a pick-6. Some impressive red zone defense by Akron kept the score from being even worse.

Ok, they're a MAC team, but there are 106 other schools that play football outside of the 'Ess A Cee.' Remember Bowling Green kept it close for 3.5 quarters against Florida who then later trounced us.

Were you whiners expecting to win by 75? We were the team with the better talent, and we won.

I would have liked to have seen our OL outmuscle their DL for those short down plays. Marlin Lane should be getting more carries, Que Watson should be reserved for 4thQ blowouts. Jim Chaney can't get over his obsession with passing it on the goal line. Derek Dooley showed a little more guts and went for it on 4th down, but the players didn't execute. Not everything can be placed at the feet of the coaches.

The Florida loss is behind us now. Let's save judgement on the rest of this season. But if Dooley wants to save his job, he MUST beat Georgia. Will that happen? I don't know. But let's save the armchair analysis until AFTER the game.

Dude did you not watch the game? Akron outplayed the mighty Vols for 3 quarters. Akron lost to UCF 56-14 yet for 3 quarters they hammered the Vols. If Akron had not gotten tired they would have beat the lackluster Vols.
This team is an embarassment to the SEC. The secondary couldn't guard an oversized turtle, the defensive line play like marshmallows, the offensive line will NOT be able to protect Bray and when Bray gets sacked or rushed he panics.
These guys play like they are lost and don't know what to do most of the game. Enjoy Dooley's clownball for it will be his last year unless Hart is as dumb as Hamilton was.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to runninbroke:

Getting off to a quick start will be the key. If we fall behind quickly early on, we could get rolled. I like Dooley and want him to succeed so these next 4 games are crucial! Lets get them dawgs!! By the way, any grade above a c-minus in this game would be a stretch!

I think the running game was a "B+"..Ball security was a "D-" and that was only because UT won the game or it would have been an "F". The defense was horrid between the 20's, it reminded me of Wilcox playing his bend but don't break zone. However, I think the overall grade should be a "C+"..I thought the special teams play was solid (especially with Brodus) except for fielding a punt at the 1 yard line (what were they thinking?)..Take away the first bad pass by Bray and that miss of CP breaking open on a corner route and he grades out way over 100 in a QB rating..We'll take it, UT is 3&1 and some other SEC teams are 1&3..Just a thought and GBO!!

ridge_runner16#368042 writes:

I am amazed how most people can’t see that our offensive coach continually hurts this team. He is so predictable and has no clue how to manage a game. He continually kills us with horrible calls in short yardage situation. He cost us dearly against Florida by killing a decent running game that we had established in the first half. He continually sets our defense up for failure by calling plays that consistently keeps them out on the field. Just like after the big fake punt our defense stuffed against Florida last week; which gave our offense the ball on their 48 yard line. He calls a home run pass that everyone (even the announcers) new was coming. This led to an immediate 3 and out, while burning a total of 18 seconds off the clock. What do you think that does to the defense strength not to mention morale? A 1-2 Mac teams comes in and looks like they know exactly what the O coordinator is calling. Come on, is this the best the coaches can do with the talent we have. We do have plenty of talent to win SEC games. we just need coaches that can get the talent out of the players and put the players in positions and situations where they will excel. This is not happening and unfortunately will not under this inept coaching staff. Unfortunately this year will be no better than the past few years, but hopefully it will bring some change. Change for the good; now that we have an athletic director. This could be his defining moment. Don’t want to see what is going on in Miami happen to us. Oh and anyone who wants to say I am only negative and not a true fan are dead wrong. I work on University of Kentucky campus and my office is orange and I wear my orange with pride. The loss to KY last year was the low of the lows I have experienced in my 35 years of watching UT football. I can live with a loss, when our team competes and puts up a good fight. Unfortunately I am not seeing this consistently and probably will not until we get a coaching staff.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to SevenT:

Big O Size 76:

My shift starts in a little while. Why don't you and your vol-pals stop in and I will make that hot tea with extra tea bags just the way y'all like it. But please remember brown goes down this time.

Stay Classy

I see Joker was out-coaching another foe yesterday in a 38 to 0 loss..How stupid you must feel to come on UT's site and bash UT's staff when UK has possibly the worst program in the country and certainly in the SEC..Enjoy.

HtownVol writes:

Dooley will never be able to motivate a team and Jim Chney is the most predictable play caller. Is it just me or does UT have 3 run plays (run up the middle, toss left and reverse to Patterson).

Bray is even starting to go downhill. He is capable of having the best accruacy in college football but he clearly can not focus.Ten yards and less is the most difficult throw for Bray and when he has a WR wide open he has trouble.

Oh, last night looked like Wilcox was back. Wilcox NEVER played the DBs tight and last night a no talent team was able to have any short pass they wanted. Honestly UT is lucky that the Akron QB had zero accuracy.

I would like to think that Dooley and staff finally made a halftime adjustment last night but that was just size and talent taking over.

cloudodust writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

We had our 2nd team in most of the ZIP game. Just a warm up for the Pomeranians. Vols by two td's and one FG. SAL will debut his finished product Saturday. Dooley will get retribution for his daddy between the weeds.

I hope you're right re: the D. Thing is, in Grantham's first year of the 3-4, his D had moments of glory and moments of failure and it showed come year end. Honestly, Sunseri must scheme a scheme of schemes and the D must carry it out. Grantham has had a few years to iron out the wrinkles and recruit for his D. Sunseri, well, he's working on it. Here's to hoping for a repeat of 2006 between the bushes...

UT_Braddah writes:

Ohio State MUST fire Urban Meyer immediately!!!! Ohio State is ranked 14 in the country and only beat winless UAB by 14? UAB had 2 turnovers and still out-gained the Buckeyes on offense. This amateur middle school coach MUST go...NOW!!!

Fryinpansvols writes:

Honestly, I'm glad Tennessee found a way to win. When Akron went up in the 3rd Quarter I wondered how UT would respond. I know we clearly out-match Akron in talent, but I think The Zips players are buying in Terry Bowden's philosophy. Two things: First, If we don't figure out our alignment and assignments on defense its going to be a long season. And lastly, the offense has to convert short yardage situations on 3rd and 4th down. GBO!

gatorhator4eva writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Got to give an A overall just because they did not fold and lay down and cry. I see hope in the GA game. It's obvious SAL's behind but catching up fast as will be seen Saturday. Folks I'd rather keep losing to the Gators and Kentucky than to the Chihuahua's or better yet the pink Poodles

i agree, it may be a mac team but this is the first we played a whole friggin game and stuck it out. as u said we r learning as we go. we played 4 friggin qtrs.halllallulllaaa!!!!! we need to focus. georgia looks good, mistakes will be the doer of us if we get carried away.

SevenT writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I see Joker was out-coaching another foe yesterday in a 38 to 0 loss..How stupid you must feel to come on UT's site and bash UT's staff when UK has possibly the worst program in the country and certainly in the SEC..Enjoy.

Starting QB was out with an injury. Backup is not good and coming off major shoulder surgery. It was horrible, reminded me of when Florida waxed Tennessee last week.

I don't feel nearly as stupid as the doolaidists who continue to brag about wins over teams like Ga. State and Akron. Fulmer would have been fit to be tied with a performance like yesterday.

UT_Braddah writes:

Louisville (#20) only beat FIU (1-3) by 7. Mich State (#21) only beat E. Mich (0-4) by 16. Miss State (#23) only beat S. Alabama (1-3) by 20. Obviously, we have at least 3 more coaches that MUST be fired immediately!!

UT_Braddah writes:

3-1 Georgetown barely snuck by lowly 0-2 Princeton...the entire staff on both teams should be FIRED immediately!!!!

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

In a weekend where some weaker teams beat top rated competition, somehow the Vols survived. They didn't have much to play for, and most likely was looking ahead somewhat. That said, it was disapointing when we couldn't push their line for a first down on very short yardage. Kudos to the special teams, nice to make all the field goals and xtra points for a change. I think Ga will crush us next week, we just don't have the players on defense, and we don't have the power running game needed. This will be a brutal Oct. Hope I'm wrong, getting used to eating crow, not bad with hot sauce and crackers.

GO VOLS!!

powert#205805 writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Had the Vols won 50-0, all the trolls and naysayers would have been whining about what a creampuff Akron is. Akron is better than their record indicates. Akron was a glass of cold water in the face and maybe, just maybe, that is what the Vols needed.

Yes, UGA rolled over Vandy...but its Vandy. The Vols will be ready for UGA. Whether they come out of Athens with a "W" remains to be seen. But I will be there. I will be cheering for my Vols. I will be booing the Dogs at every turn. Win, Lose, or Draw...they are our Vols. Support them or go root for Southern Cal and the Surfer Dude.

Vols 27 (Brodus wins it on a last second 50 yarder)
Dogs 24

'Akron is better than their record indicates.'

Last night was their 22nd consecutive road loss. Even if they are better than that record would indicate, they are still terrible.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to GainesvilleVol1:

In a weekend where some weaker teams beat top rated competition, somehow the Vols survived. They didn't have much to play for, and most likely was looking ahead somewhat. That said, it was disapointing when we couldn't push their line for a first down on very short yardage. Kudos to the special teams, nice to make all the field goals and xtra points for a change. I think Ga will crush us next week, we just don't have the players on defense, and we don't have the power running game needed. This will be a brutal Oct. Hope I'm wrong, getting used to eating crow, not bad with hot sauce and crackers.

GO VOLS!!

LOL on the crow part. I am not ready to declare GA a crush yet, I could be 100% wrong.
I am not saying that because I believe we have some hidden strategy but just because in almost every previous year, GA finds a way to do less with more in at least one game.
Maybe we will get lucky and this will be that game for them.

UT_Braddah writes:

Wisconsin over UTEP by only 11? Someone needs to get fired NOW!! Powerhouse Lehigh (4-0) squeaks by Liberty (0-4) by only 2?? You know it...fire the coach now!!

Vol43 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Starting QB was out with an injury. Backup is not good and coming off major shoulder surgery. It was horrible, reminded me of when Florida waxed Tennessee last week.

I don't feel nearly as stupid as the doolaidists who continue to brag about wins over teams like Ga. State and Akron. Fulmer would have been fit to be tied with a performance like yesterday.

7t, you seem to really enjoy coming on here and showing your brilliance. I'd kinda like to try this out and see how much fun it is so how about sharing your favorite Ky web site so I can have some fun at yall's expense. Thanks.

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