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Rocky Top Beat: Vols impress in heartbreaker Saturday
This past weekend, the excitement was back at Neyland Stadium. Long time attendees told me they had not heard that amount of noise since the late 1990s. Younger members of the Vol Nation, who had not experienced that kind of atmosphere, now know what it will take going forward to make the 12th man relevant in future games.
ALL IN THE GAME: Now the season really begins
Volunteer fans and Commodore fans alike can now buckle up their chinstraps as the real, meaningful part of the season gets under way. Vandy has already faced two SEC opponents and not fared well enough to win either game. Both teams are ranked, though, and the 'Dores played well enough to win both. Anyway that is past history.
ROCKY TOP BEAT: Tennessee says goodbye to September
Goodbye September. The Vols have left that month three years in a row without a losing record. Unfortunately, it is not September that determines whether the Vols will have a decent season; rather, it is usually October. On paper, the Vols have a monumental undertaking staring straight at them during this month.
Rocky Top Beat: Vols looking to end September with a win
The Vols have a chance to end the month on a positive note with South Alabama making their first appearance on Rocky Top. What appears to be a break in the schedule might not be exactly what it seems. The Jaguars are fresh off a win over Western Kentucky and are celebrating back-to-back wins for the first time since November of 2011. Add to that, being seen in 33 states on the SEC Network, and it is easy to see why the folks from Mobile will play with plenty of passion tomorrow.
ALL IN THE GAME: It easily could have been a great comeback
Yes, Vanderbilt could have completed the comeback to take down Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks, but we fell just short. This was somehow different from many Commodore episodes in the past when we all expected them to fail. Somehow the feeling was there that they just might be able to accomplish the task this time.
ROCKY TOP BEAT: Vols face Gators in the ‘Swamp’
The Vol Nation has spent the week recovering from last week’s historic, 59-14 loss at the hands of Oregon. One positive is the Ducks had to come from behind to get this win. Not much to hang one’s hat on I realize, but in these games you take the positives (few as they were) where ever you find them.
Rocky Top Beat: Vols won in convincing fashion last week
The Vols have done exactly what they needed to do in the first two games of the season — win convincingly against inferior opponents. That might not sound like a great accomplishment, but after seeing teams in recent years struggle at times in these types of games, it was a welcome relief.
All in the Game: It gets a lot tougher now
Though Vanderbilt totally dominated the outmanned Governors of Austin Peay, Coach James Franklin, much to the chagrin of Frank Gale, chose not to try and run up a score. Vandy manages to beat the Volunteers twice in eight years and the bright orange columnist wants to diss the coach, Tsk, tsk.
ALL IN THE GAME: This is not the start I expected
The game was certainly exciting and, at times, it seemed that either team was going to dominate. It was one of those games that seemed whoever had the ball last would win. I guess that was the case as Mississippi was the beneficiary of a poorly thrown ball to end the game.
ROCKY TOP BEAT: Vols welcome Western Kentucky Saturday
Team #117 will welcome Western Kentucky and ex-SEC Head Coach Bobby Petrino to Neyland Stadium for game two. Unlike last weekend's opening game victory against an undermanned Austin Peay team, this contest should provide a few answers to lingering concerns of the Big Orange Nation.
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