John Adams: Vols have a right to be optimistic heading into South Carolina game

John Adams
Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) dodges a tackle by Georgia inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) after making a complete reception in the second half at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) dodges a tackle by Georgia inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) after making a complete reception in the second half at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Last week’s open date didn’t just give Tennessee’s injured players time to heal. It gave UT fans more time to be optimistic before Saturday’s game with South Carolina.

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Comments » 6

Volsreign1 writes:

OK, I'll get it out of the way for all you trolls. Adams sucks, article sucks, Vols suck, blah, blah, blah.

TommyJack writes:

What trolls? Hell, this forum is a ghost town.

johnlg00 writes:

On topic, it's hard to say that this game is a make-or-break deal for the Vols, but it surely is an important milepost. If this senior class wishes to be honored forever as the group that launched the great Vol turnaround, they have to show up BIG-TIME against the Chickens. If CBJ and staff are to decisively differentiate themselves from their disappointing predecessors, this is their best chance to do so.

Nobody really expects the Vols to beat Bama at their place, even though the Tide may well be less formidable overall than they have been the last few years. Mizzou has turned out to be better than I thought they would be, so beating them at their place will be a MAJOR accomplishment, with or without Franklin. Both Auburn and the Vols are at a roughly similar level right now, teetering on the cusp of moving forward or backing down. Vandy is beatable at Neyland and UK is still the Mildcats.

So this game Saturday is the time when the Vols, players and staff, show what they are made of. If they win--not just play well but WIN--CBJ's stellar incoming class will not only hold firm, they might be joined by a late pleasant surprise or two. Fan support will remain high the rest of the season and most lingering doubts about the direction of the program will at least be held in abeyance and may mostly die out altogether. If they lose, especially if they lose badly, all of the above will go in the other direction. It's THAT important. So, no pressure, guys(;-P)! It's only the immediate future of the program at stake. Show us what you got! GBO!!! GCBJ!!! TCB!!!

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

In response to the first two posts, I'm not sure what you consider a troll but having season tickets in two sports, I don't consider myself as a troll. Secondly, this site is mainly a ghost site on articles written by Adams. As for my opinion, based on past articles by Adams, he may have put the kiss of death on our chances against S. Carolina, but I sure as heck hope not.

volbald writes:

No - Auburn has only one loss and a series of top 10 recruiting classes under its belt. Reality aside, if the team plays for 4 quarters against SC like it played for the last two quarters against UGA, we could win a close one. Just play hard. GO VOLS!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volbald:

No - Auburn has only one loss and a series of top 10 recruiting classes under its belt. Reality aside, if the team plays for 4 quarters against SC like it played for the last two quarters against UGA, we could win a close one. Just play hard. GO VOLS!

You're right that Auburn has done better this year than I seem to have given them credit for. However, although I don't have their schedule before me, I would be surprised if they achieved their record against the likes of Oregon, Florida, and Georgia. Also, since they are coming off a disastrous season last year, it is not yet certain that they have established a firm upward trajectory, though I'm sure they would consider it a setback if they lost to the Vols. The only point I was trying to make is that the Vols seem hopelessly outmanned by only one remaining opponent, and if THEY wish to show measureable forward progress, they need to beat almost everybody else.

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