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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.
Rocky Top Beat: It's finally football time in Tennessee!
The wait is over, finally! Tomorrow, Team No. 117 will make its debut under a new head coach and a staff that has already made an impact since they arrived at UT. The last two coaching staffs to grace the sidelines at Neyland Stadium were a group of assistants that was thrown together with little or no long term history together. This time, the majority of the staff has a proven history of working together and having success along the way.
All in the Game: Wishful expectations
Like so many of you, I have many things that I wish for during this brand new football season. Of course, the first is for a great Vanderbilt start with a win over Ole Miss (Thursday night). That would definitely get me going in the right direction. I have the decorations up and I'm ready for the throng that will be watching with me. My tattered flag is ready to fly.
ALL IN THE GAME: First phase begins this Friday night
High school football is here this week and the colleges get cranked up next week as the most exciting time of year gets underway for us sports enthusiasts. Hopefully, both the Jets and Panthers will get things started with big home wins.
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