John Adams: Western Kentucky would be worst loss for the Vols

John Adams
New Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino smiles during an NCAA college football news conference, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Bowling Green, Ky. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a 'pattern of misleading' behavior following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress as a passenger but now wants to make the most of his second chance. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Joe Imel)

New Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino smiles during an NCAA college football news conference, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Bowling Green, Ky. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress as a passenger but now wants to make the most of his second chance. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Joe Imel)

Which would be Tennessee's "worst" loss of the season?

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If you asked Tennessee fans which team they would most like to beat this season, the consensus answer would be obvious.

How could they pick anyone else other than Alabama?

Imagine what an upset over the defending national champions would do for UT’s image.

While that’s an obvious choice for the best victory, the worst possible loss would spark more debate.

You might pick Vanderbilt since the Vols haven’t lost back-to-back games to their in-state rival since 1926. Or maybe you would choose Kentucky, which hasn’t won consecutive games against UT in Lexington since 1959.

But my pick for the worst loss would be Western Kentucky.

UT isn’t physically capable of losing its opener to Austin Peay or at the end of September to South Alabama. So I eliminated them from consideration.

Maybe you regard Western Kentucky in Week 2 as a sure thing as well. It’s not.

UT should be a solid favorite against the Hilltoppers. However, the gap between the two programs has narrowed since Tennessee beat them 63-7 four years ago.

The image gap is just as significant, though. It’s still the Sun Belt vs. the SEC.

That’s not the only reason a loss would be devastating to new coach Butch Jones’ program.

Western Kentucky also has a new coach — a more famous new coach, in fact.

If not for an ill-advised motorcycle ride with a questionable blonde passenger, Bobby Petrino would still be the coach at Arkansas.

No one questions Petrino’s coaching ability. He had great success at both Louisville and Arkansas. He’s one of the best offensive coaches in the country.

And he clearly makes Western Kentucky a more dangerous team than it might have been with a lesser coach.

Petrino won’t have nearly as much to work with offensively this season at Western Kentucky as he did with his last Arkansas team in 2011.

But he didn’t have many offensive weapons in 2008 when he took over the Razorbacks. Nonetheless, an offense severely lacking in talent averaged better than 25 points during the last seven games.

His first Western Kentucky team has to find a new quarterback, but returns three starters on the offensive line and has an exceptional all-around running back in Antonio Andrews.

Defensively, the Hilltoppers must replace their front four, but their starting secondary and linebacking corps return intact.

And they will play UT right before the Vols play back-to-back road games against nationally ranked Oregon and Florida.

No matter what looms ahead, the Vols would be foolish to overlook anyone after three consecutive seven-loss seasons. If they compare scores from last season and add the Petrino factor, Western Kentucky should hold their attention.

The Hilltoppers were good enough to beat Kentucky in Lexington in overtime last season. Tennessee downed Kentucky by 20 at Neyland Stadium.

Western Kentucky defeated conference-rival Troy 31-26 on the road. Tennessee topped Troy 55-48 at Neyland Stadium.

Almost losing to a Sun Belt team was bad enough. Losing to one would constitute a new low.

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Comments » 73

FearTheVols1252 writes:

Thanks John for finding yet another positive story to write while feeding the trolls.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

WKU has improved, but learning Petrino's system is no piece of cake and he's also playing with inferior talent. UT will win this game by 3 TD or more.

Chappy writes:

Stopped reading after 4 paragraphs/sentences. Why focus on a hypothetical long-shot negative, especially when Vols have so much positive energy and momentum after a long bad spell?

You remind me of my ex-wife, nothing's ever good enough, something's always wrong.

Jerk.

underthehill writes:

John is exactly right..W Ky is a must win and UT will have the best players but no way to overlook Petrino..I stated this same opinion in a recent comment and it has also been stated by many others..sad to have to tolerate nutcases who have little or no knowledge of the game of football and since they lack enough common sense to make a reasonable comment on it they make a feeble attempt to present themselves as literary critics..

underthehill writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

WKU has improved, but learning Petrino's system is no piece of cake and he's also playing with inferior talent. UT will win this game by 3 TD or more.

If you are right..I think UT has an excellent chance to be 6-6 minimum..and could surprise us even more...

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

With Petrino, a legitimate SEC coach at WKU, and an over-hyped Butchie at UT, it's a distinct possibility. Vanderbilt is a certain Vol loss.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to underthehill:

If you are right..I think UT has an excellent chance to be 6-6 minimum..and could surprise us even more...

I watch a lot of CFB and in particular the Sun Belt Conference. UT will line up and ram the ball down their throat.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Please, Petrino, lead the Hilltoppers onto the field riding your motorcycle. It would be the funniest thing that's happened at Neyland Stadium since the Vanderbilt Commodores ran through the "T" in either 1979 or 1981.

Losing to WKU would definitely get things off to a very bad start.

The new SEC "all games on TV" format once again will leave fans roasting in the sun at noon for a Sunbelt vs SEC game in early September. It will probably be in the high 80s or 90s and most uncomfortable.

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vol98champ writes:

There weren't any guarantees even in the good ole days. Remember Memphis and the no wrap up tackle? Everybody brings their A game against us and I hope we are through taking our c game anywhere.

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

WKU has improved, but learning Petrino's system is no piece of cake and he's also playing with inferior talent. UT will win this game by 3 TD or more.

I agree.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to underthehill:

John is exactly right..W Ky is a must win and UT will have the best players but no way to overlook Petrino..I stated this same opinion in a recent comment and it has also been stated by many others..sad to have to tolerate nutcases who have little or no knowledge of the game of football and since they lack enough common sense to make a reasonable comment on it they make a feeble attempt to present themselves as literary critics..

It's hard to believe that diatribe is one sentence. LOL!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to vol98champ:

There weren't any guarantees even in the good ole days. Remember Memphis and the no wrap up tackle? Everybody brings their A game against us and I hope we are through taking our c game anywhere.

That's a good point, but I see UT being very hungry and rested for this game against WKU. APSU won't even give the 3rd team much resistance.

Mboroalum writes:

in response to Chappy:

Stopped reading after 4 paragraphs/sentences. Why focus on a hypothetical long-shot negative, especially when Vols have so much positive energy and momentum after a long bad spell?

You remind me of my ex-wife, nothing's ever good enough, something's always wrong.

Jerk.

He's worse than my ex-wife. She would at least tell me what a great job I was doing, keeping up with her alimony.

GBO

arkyvol writes:

fwiw: petrino went 5-7 his first year with the hogs (week 2, the hogs beat Louisiana-Monroe by one point). petrino is a helluva coach, but if they pose a threat to the vols this year, the vols are in worse shape than I thought.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

No problem John. We're ok for W Kent. Okemowitchiedoc has spoken. No disrespect intended Doc.

wsmows writes:

Adams should retire what a jack#$%,I read the headline only!

Olddogsrule writes:

Appy State beat Michigan. Right out of the Twilight Zone. Strange things happen.

But not this year for this game. However much of a coach Petrino is, he does not have the skill and size of ballers UT has.

Leave the coaches out of it, make it a pick up game, and the VOLS will still cover the spread. Our offensive line will so absolutely dominate the Hilltoppers defense that by start of 2nd half (if not much earlier) we should be scoring at will.

johnny boy just stirring up the S.O.S. He is so predictable, no real comparison of team strengths and weaknesses. He's too lazy to prepare real sports editorials of substance. Could have posted only the headline. Any 10 year old could've written this.

FIRE JOHN ADAMS! GET A REAL SPORTS WRITER AT KNS!

lahvolman2 writes:

Know what I love about August??? It's the best month of the year for college football.... Teams have just started practice, optimism reigns, so called sports writers think they have all the answers, it's the trolls last month before going into hiding and nobody has had the s*** kicked out of them yet on the field.... Life is grand!!!!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

9 straight to Florida will be the worst.

volgrog#210164 writes:

The great Satan lost to La. Monroe his first year. No losses are terminal- all are equally painful.

madmax22 writes:

LMFAO......There have been a dozen or so media guys who have already made the same statement about how devastating a loss to WKU would be. When the fools on the Enrichment program beat you to this story by three months, you know your a bad writer. Better luck next time John.

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

9 straight to Florida will be the worst.

The loss to the Gators is a given. As are Oregon, Bama, S.C., Auburn, Mizzou, Vandy and, of course, the Dawgs. That's 8 losses certain. The only toss up is the Cats. It could easily be 3-9 and ofer in the SEC.

Reality.

underthehill writes:

in response to madmax22:

LMFAO......There have been a dozen or so media guys who have already made the same statement about how devastating a loss to WKU would be. When the fools on the Enrichment program beat you to this story by three months, you know your a bad writer. Better luck next time John.

your is not to be used in the context of your statement..you're or you are ..would be accurate..I have never noticed John making such a childish error..better luck next time with your outstanding observations..

ActualUTAlum writes:

in response to Chappy:

Stopped reading after 4 paragraphs/sentences. Why focus on a hypothetical long-shot negative, especially when Vols have so much positive energy and momentum after a long bad spell?

You remind me of my ex-wife, nothing's ever good enough, something's always wrong.

Jerk.

You're a baby. No wonder she's your ex wife.

UT is not gonna be that good, Western has a new (and accomplished) coach. It would be a bad loss.

Nowhere does Adams say we should lose, we will lose, or he hopes we lose. He just says it would be a really bad loss.

Grow up, and maybe you'd still be married.

antonio14313 writes:

Nope. Losing to Austin Peay would be the worst loss of the season. They don't have as good of a coach as Western Kentucky. And UT needs to open the season with a win, being that Austin Peay is the opener.

Too bad we won't lose to either team.

Sorry to disappoint ya John.

Go Vols.

t

usafvol writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

The loss to the Gators is a given. As are Oregon, Bama, S.C., Auburn, Mizzou, Vandy and, of course, the Dawgs. That's 8 losses certain. The only toss up is the Cats. It could easily be 3-9 and ofer in the SEC.

Reality.

Just wondering guy's; who's the Alpha in that relationship with you two?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to arkyvol:

fwiw: petrino went 5-7 his first year with the hogs (week 2, the hogs beat Louisiana-Monroe by one point). petrino is a helluva coach, but if they pose a threat to the vols this year, the vols are in worse shape than I thought.

JA always leaves out the pertinent parts of the whole story.

cheetah-vol writes:

As I recall, JA wanted Hart to seriously consider hiring Petrino as our head coach. Petrino is a good coach, and The Hilltoppers deserve some credit for giving the guy an opportunity to clean up his act and coach again. But, I'm glad we got the guy we got.

We'll know more about WKY after they play KY the week before they come to Knoxville.

John_10065 writes:

"Western Kentucky also has a new coach — a more famous new coach, in fact."

That's should read "infamous new coach".

Don't worry John, UT should win and Bobby "the snake" Petrino won't go 3 years at WKU before he heads for greener pastures.

Shake_Bake writes:

A much better article to write would be a discussion about Alabama, Oregon, Florida and Georgia...and which one of those teams we are most likely to upset!

I pick Georgia...we have them in Knoxville, and they lost their entire defense to the NFL. GBO!!!!

TommyJack writes:

Adams should be a PR guy for a hospice.

PHAT_VOL writes:

We'll beat Western by 25!

BigBadVol writes:

Just when I started to give JA a little credit he comes up with this non-sense. Back to the basement little man.

Rock_E_Topp88 writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Just when I started to give JA a little credit he comes up with this non-sense. Back to the basement little man.

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OrangePride writes:

Unless you believe A) Petrino is taking the field to play or B) Petrino is so much more adept than Jones at X's and O's, then this article does not hold a lot of water. If Dooley were still here? Yea....this could easily be a loss. I agree it is important to not look by them or put this in the W column as an easy win, but the VOLS will win the game. As Lee Corso might say, "closer than the experts predict," but a win nonetheless.

OrangePride writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

With Petrino, a legitimate SEC coach at WKU, and an over-hyped Butchie at UT, it's a distinct possibility. Vanderbilt is a certain Vol loss.

You Anchor Chains keep believing Tennessee is a pushover game and to not worry about it in the least. Yep; just do that because you will be in for one almighty shock when you walk into Neyland Stadium.

lahvolman2 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Unless you believe A) Petrino is taking the field to play or B) Petrino is so much more adept than Jones at X's and O's, then this article does not hold a lot of water. If Dooley were still here? Yea....this could easily be a loss. I agree it is important to not look by them or put this in the W column as an easy win, but the VOLS will win the game. As Lee Corso might say, "closer than the experts predict," but a win nonetheless.

AGREE!!!! All the talk about Putrina and everyone seems to forget OUR coach has a pretty darned impressive track record himself....I'll take OUR coach over that piece of s*** every day of the week...WKU is already looking for his replacement cause they know his sorry a** is gone at the first opportunity...

lahvolman2 writes:

Guys, let me tell you the truth about DDA, I've lived in Gawga for the past 25 years and am a Vols season ticket holder... This place is full of DDA's but don't think for a second that they aren't sweating coming to K-town...Some of my best friends are as big a Ga. fan as I am for the Vols...But their not the stupid ones... they know this is their first really tough schedule having to play Clemson, S.C., LSU, and Tenn...Fla. in the swamp and the Ole Miss Black Bears..( Still laugh my a** off every time I say that ) LOLOLOL

antonio14313 writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Just when I started to give JA a little credit he comes up with this non-sense. Back to the basement little man.

he must be off his pain meds now... ;)

t

MetroplexMojo writes:

Will Petrino's secretary ride first class or ride coach on the way to the game in Knoxville?

Chappy writes:

in response to ActualUTAlum:

You're a baby. No wonder she's your ex wife.

UT is not gonna be that good, Western has a new (and accomplished) coach. It would be a bad loss.

Nowhere does Adams say we should lose, we will lose, or he hopes we lose. He just says it would be a really bad loss.

Grow up, and maybe you'd still be married.

Whoa there, little lady. Just because you're p-whipped doesn't mean everyone else is, so you can stuff your superior attitude where the sun don't shine.

You can dog me out at the next JA Appreciation Club luncheon where you can wallow in your sky is falling mentality.

Vols will be much improved and will not lose to WKU, even with their womanizing new HC. Care to make it interestig?

arkyvol writes:

petrino is a brilliant offensive coach, but a crummy recruiter. his success has come at schools where talent is fairly plentiful (auburn as an assistant, louisville, and arkansas). he got the most out of what he had at arkansas, but the fact he didn't have more of it, and that the future was starting to look iffy can be laid to his spotty recruiting.

6972 writes:

JA would have a stroke if he had to write one postive article about the VOLS. Wonder if a dark cloud follows him into the KNS office when he arrives?

Chappy writes:

in response to underthehill:

John is exactly right..W Ky is a must win and UT will have the best players but no way to overlook Petrino..I stated this same opinion in a recent comment and it has also been stated by many others..sad to have to tolerate nutcases who have little or no knowledge of the game of football and since they lack enough common sense to make a reasonable comment on it they make a feeble attempt to present themselves as literary critics..

LMFAO!!!

If you think the drivel JA puts out is literary, then you must think Dr. Suess is a genious!

You don't have to tolerate me (or any of my fellow, lowly nutcases). Just don't read my posts.

Orange_Beach writes:

Why do you people think that your local journalists have to put a positive spin on the Vols. He calls it like he sees it, and to be honest with there is no positives. The whole program is in a tailspin. Wake up and smell the coffee folks. Your once proud football program is no longer relevant in the college football world, hasn't been for the better part of ten years. But look on the bright side, Athlons picked UT to go 6-6 and play in the Music City Bowl. Just think, the Vols going to a bowl, WOW. Now getting back to the topic, WKU could very well beat both UK and UT. Imagine that, the Hilltoppers could equal Tennessee and Auburn's combined SEC victories last year. Did I say equal? They would surpass them in that category. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah we've got a new coach BJ......the same old song and dance we've heard for the last four years.

GoVols_16 writes:

Key statement of the entire article: "Nonetheless, an offense severely lacking in talent averaged better than 25 points during the last seven games."

IN THE LAST SEVEN GAMES!!! The Vols have the Toppers in game TWO, and while I agree that Petrino can coach, it is going to take him some time to get things going during the season, in the same way it is going to take the Vols some time. Yet, from a pure TALENT standpoint in an early game, I like our chances.

Keep hope alive, John! (I know that is not your M.O., but give it a try).

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Orange_Beach:

Why do you people think that your local journalists have to put a positive spin on the Vols. He calls it like he sees it, and to be honest with there is no positives. The whole program is in a tailspin. Wake up and smell the coffee folks. Your once proud football program is no longer relevant in the college football world, hasn't been for the better part of ten years. But look on the bright side, Athlons picked UT to go 6-6 and play in the Music City Bowl. Just think, the Vols going to a bowl, WOW. Now getting back to the topic, WKU could very well beat both UK and UT. Imagine that, the Hilltoppers could equal Tennessee and Auburn's combined SEC victories last year. Did I say equal? They would surpass them in that category. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah we've got a new coach BJ......the same old song and dance we've heard for the last four years.

Remember, La Monroe..Bwahahahahahaha!

Southland writes:

this is going to be a close game wku has some major talent and major coaching. UT should not overlook this team at all. I am a UT fan and have been for 50 years but I live in Bowling Green and teach at WKU and follow them as my second team. If they have a qb this will be a lot closer game than what I want. Go Vols

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Southland:

this is going to be a close game wku has some major talent and major coaching. UT should not overlook this team at all. I am a UT fan and have been for 50 years but I live in Bowling Green and teach at WKU and follow them as my second team. If they have a qb this will be a lot closer game than what I want. Go Vols

No disrespect, SL..However, if you've been following CFB for 50 years you'd know that only schools like Bama reload after losing a QB. WKU is rebuilding under Petrino, and even though many feel the same about UT, they have much better size/depth than any Sunbelt team. This will be a rout 38 to 14 or worse..

VOL_IN_BAMA writes:

in response to volgrog#210164:

The great Satan lost to La. Monroe his first year. No losses are terminal- all are equally painful.

It was their homecoming game, right?

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