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ALL IN THE GAME: It was a good day for most of us
Just when Frank Gale thought he would really be able to give it to me as Tennessee defeated their long-time nemesis Steve Spurrier, his bubble lost a little air. Not long after the last second win by the Vols, Vanderbilt, sans their starting quarterback, scored 17 unanswered points in a stirring comeback win over Georgia.
ROCKY TOP BEAT: Vols take on No. 1-ranked Alabama Saturday
The Vols ended its streak of losses against ranked teams last Saturday with a win over South Carolina. That victory also got Team #117 closer to one of the goals for this season, becoming bowl eligible. Now, it is on to Tuscaloosa tomorrow for a game against "the red team" as Butch Jones has started to call them.
Vols host SEC foe South Carolina
The second half of the season has arrived. Thanks to a spirited effort against Georgia, the expectations have taken an upward turn. This week the Vols face another highly-ranked SEC foe. Playing South Carolina in Knoxville has the Big Orange Nation thinking upset, especially when the Vols have won two of the last three games played on Rocky Top.
We've got to step it up several notches
After what I had hoped was a successful meeting with the defense that will lead to much better play, the road continues to be bumpy, as the Commodores seek their first SEC win of the season. I felt a little better about the Vandy performance against Missouri after seeing what the Tigers did to Georgia in Athens.
All in the Game: The ups and downs of being a fan
I suppose that I could have done what the Vanderbilt defense did, and just took the week off, but I decided to write a column anyway.
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.
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