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I suspect there are very few Tennessee fans unhappy with the Volunteer football team right now. In nine games this season, Kiffin’s boys have done what was rationally expected of them. They’ve been competitive against good teams, they’ve beaten similar ones and pounded lesser ones. The UCLA and Auburn losses still sting and it’s frustrating to think that the Vols are that close to being a nationally ranked 7-2 contender. Still, look at the progress.

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I have to believe that betting men all over the country are taking the Vols -5 points on Saturday after last week’s near upset of Alabama on national television. If that line proves to be correct, you can count me as one who’ll be very surprised. It’s a huge game for Tennessee because we’re still in dire need of an impressive win. I think Georgia was huge, but nobody was talking about it outside of the Southeast. The Gamecocks are ranked 21st in the AP Poll and the national ESPN audience gives Kiffin a great opportunity to capitalize on the buzz he’s generated with close games against Florida and Alabama. Read the rest of this entry »

As the middle of the college football season is upon us, the SEC is an eclectic league with three contenders, a bunch of middle tier teams and a few resident door mats. Big games this past weekend that could have postseason implications as the season progresses. With the Third Saturday in October (even though its not) and the LSU-Auburn cat fight on the horizon, the SEC’s two best teams seperated themselves on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

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The first off week of the Lane Kiffin era has Kiffin and company jet setting around the country, trying to find the best talent available for the Vols. Names like  Michael Dyer, Morgan Moses, Lamarcus Joyner and Cody Riggs will surely be tossed around in the next few weeks. Tennessee fans should be hopeful, afterall if nothing else, coach Kiffin has proven his worth on the recruiting trail already with the number five class in the country according to Rivals. Many of the freshman Kiffin recruited from last year are making an impact on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Early playing time, in my opinion, is the single best way to get a recruit, and Tennessee has shown an extreme willingness to play freshman. So here’s an update before the first off week of the year on how the recruits we got are doing, as well as how some of the ones we didn’t get are performing.

The Good:

1. Janzen Jackson: He’s been everything I thought he could be and more. He doesn’t quite fly around like Berry did as a freshman, but he’s bigger. He slid into the starting lineup after only one week and I don’t think Prentiss Wagner has been heard from since; and I thought he looked good in fall camp. I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here, but Jackson has a chance to be a really good, All SEC type player. Read the rest of this entry »

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Photo Courtesy: UTsports.com

You guys probably didn’t know this, but we are shown the search terms that lead people to our blog. These are the ones from yesterday:

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Must be Auburn week, huh? Read the rest of this entry »

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This post is about Tennessee football, I promise, but for those of you who aren’t fans of rap music, let me briefly educate you. Two weeks ago, Jay Z released his latest album, The Blueprint 3. It’s already reached #1 on the Billboard charts, giving Jigga his 11th number one album. That’s the most of all time – more than Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones on the US charts. In my opinion, it cements Jay as the greatest rapper ever. He’s been on top for a long time now, his stamina and consistency keeping him there. These are just a few characteristics of his career that I hope Lane Kiffin can replicate at the University of Tennessee. Read the rest of this entry »

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I hear it all the time, “Tim Tebow is a once in a generation player.” The evidence to support that assertion is both widely distributed and widely believed. And while I agree Tim Tebow is a special player, to say that there has never been another like him is inaccurate. Now before I get into exactly why I feel this way, let me first say that I don’t want this piece to be interpreted as a sour-grapes shot at Tebow after he beat my boys on Saturday. Instead I just want to make others aware of the fact that while Tebow is great, maybe the greatest, there was a player who possessed a very similar skill set that I believe, if playing in Urban Meyer’s offense, would be viewed in a very similar (as far as playing style) light as Tebow: Matt Jones. Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Football Gods,

I come to you today with a burden. The stories of two different players are weighing heavily on my mind. These are two quarterbacks, your chosen position, that have very polarizing careers. In their own way, they are two of the most notable players in recent SEC history. What they mean to their respective schools is different than any other. Their names are Tim Tebow and Jonathan Crompton. Read the rest of this entry »

 Unfortunately for them, Marlon Brown and his grandmother both finished their first game at Georgia with 0 catches. Tennessee's freshman recievers combined for ten. I'm not sayin'...I'm just sayin'...

Unfortunately for them, Marlon Brown and his grandmother both finished their first game at Georgia with 0 catches. Tennessee’s freshman recievers combined for ten. I’m not sayin’…I’m just sayin’…

Having football back is awesome. However, contrary to popular belief in the Fort Sanders area, there were actually teams other than Tennessee that played this weekend. I actually had the oppurtunity to watch a good portion of several of the SEC games this weekend. Overall, no team really surprised me too much. But here’s the rundown anyways.

South Carolina vs. North Carolina State: I said in my season predictions that this would be The Visor’s last season as a Gamecock (though he will always be a cock to me). Their offense looked really anemic (is that word ever used to describe anything other than a bad offense?) but their defense looked pretty fast at times, albeit against a slow NC State team.

Interesting Stat(s) of the Game:

Stephen Garcia gets a big, fat “Ehh”: 13/22 for 148 and 1 pick.

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