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Vols vs GameCocks: Preview

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Fresh off a bye week the 2-loss Volunteers are through the toughest part of their schedule. Tennessee should run-the-table with the subpar teams they have left on their schedule. It starts Saturday Night vs South Carolina. The Vols will be without huge key players again for this contest the newest injury; Alvin Kamara. However, the Vols get back star linebacker Darrin Kirkland Junior from an ankle injury. Through all these injuries, the Vols still should dominate this South Carolina GameCocks team. Will Muschamp in his first year as head coach has his Gamecocks sitting at 3-4. Prior to taking the Gamecocks job Muschamp was the head coach at the University of Florida and is undefeated against Tennessee's head coach Butch Jones; On the flip side, Butch Jones has NEVER lost to the University of South Carolina as the head football coach for Tennessee. 

Tennessee's Jalen Hurd will be back as the Vols lead-back with the injury to Kamara, him and John Kelly should absolutely dominate this mediocre at best Gamecocks defense. Josh Dobbs always preforms well against the Gamecocks and Saturday should be no different. On the defensive side of the ball they have faced much tougher than a bad South Carolina offense who's highlight of the season is posting 34 on literally the 127th out of 128 ranked teams in the nation (While giving up 28-points). Tennessee is still sitting at 18 in the nation following the bye week and look to inch back up the top-25 after this week. 

Prediction: Vols 34 Gamecocks 21.

Tide roll over the Vols

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It's the third Saturday in October and traditionally that means it Tennessee vs Alabama. The Vols come into the game banged-up, battered, and bruised but cling to a 5-1 record. The Crimson Tide have found themselves undefeated, a perfect 6-0. The defending national champions take the field in Neyland Stadium holding onto their number one ranking as the Vols find themselves in the top-10, ranked 9th in the country. 

Tennessee got off to another slow start and that was all she wrote. This game was over by the third drive. Tennessee could do nothing but turn the ball over and punt on offense. On defense they held their own in the first half before completely unraveling in the second half. The banged up Vols are without Cam Sutton, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Cortez McDowell, Kendall Vickers, Danny O'Brien, Khalil Mackenzie, Malik Foreman, and found themselves without two offensive line men. Alabama went up 42-10 and that did for even the most optimistic Vols fans. Tennessee played like an awful football. Their offense is terrible and it showed today. Play calling was awful, the players were awful, and it was a lack-luster-effort. The Refs missed over 6 plays in this game, but, it is Alabama you have to expect that and accept it. That is not an excuse. The Vols made no adjustments and got blown out. The most embracing loss in Tennessee History. The Vols finally have a team that on paper, should match up with Alabama at lest a little bit and they got curb stomped. Tennessee could not even gain 100-yards on the ground. A truly embarrassing effort if you even want to call it an effort. 

A wasted season will be the story this year. In a year that saw Tennessee beat Georgia and Florida in the same year the Vols will not end up in Atlanta as the Gators control their own destiny now with only one SEC loss. The Gators just have to win-and-they-are-in. Florida has one last tough match-up ahead of them and it is against LSU but with a health Gators team LSU will likely be no match. On the bright side, Tennessee will finish 10-2. 

Player of the game: Elliot Berry. Berry stepping up on key third downs at the point n time when the game still matters is the reason Berry gets the nod. I mean, who else is there...

Final Score: A lot to a little. 49 Alabama-Tennessee 10.

Vols vs Crimson Tide: Preview

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After a heartbreaking loss in College Station last week, the Vols try to rebound against another SEC West Foe, this time a familiar in the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide roll into Neyland Stadium on a 9-year winning streak against the Vols. Not only do they own a 9-year winning streak their offensive coordinator is one of the most hated men amongst Tennessee fans...Lane Kiffin. By now, everyone knows the bad-blood between Kiffin and the fans, and if you don't....Look it up. Lane Kiffin is almost a curse word in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Tennessee comes into this game very bang-up with the bye week looming. Jalen Hurd is still a game-time-decision, Cam Sutton is out along with Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Darrin Kirkland Junior just to name a few. Alabama comes into this contest hardly even scratched showing no sign of weakness. Vegas has pegged the tide as a 13-point favorite. Run far away from this line because no one knows what Tennessee team will show up. If the Vols get off to one of their notorious slow-starts, the Tide will eat-them-alive and surely beat them by way-more than 13. If Tennessee gets off to a surprisingly fast-start, then it will be a close game and the under would be a sure bet. 

The Vols have to start fast on offense and not in their slow-feel-the-other-out kind of pace because the Tide will wash over you in a hurry. On the defensive side of the ball they have to cover these talented wide receivers and not get beat deep as they're so prone to do. The Vols have a little more than a fighters-chance in this one, especially at home. Although it will be an open-hill claim due to all the Vols adversity. Slow starts, key-injuries, shaky secondary, and mediocre tacking.

Prediction: Alabama 38 Tennessee 28