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Rocky Top Talk Oct 24, 2014

Jones: Dobbs Will Play If Worley Can't Go

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones indicated, during his weekly appearance on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, that Josh Dobbs will play against Alabama if Worley is unable to go. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, during his weekly appearance on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, indicated that Josh Dobbs will play against Alabama if Worley is unable to go. On The Status of Justin Worley: "We will know a little bit more tonight and into tomorrow. He has taken some shots. I believe it is a cumulative effect, not just from the Ole Miss (game), but a very, very long season. So, he's meeting with our...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 23, 2014

RTT Pick 'Em Trends - Week 9

How our community is feeling about this week's biggest games. Congrats to mariettavol, who takes the Week 8 prize by four points over a crowded field including six others who went 16-4 straight up last week: 1 mariettavol 16-4 179 2 Phonies 16-4 175 2 AeroVol 15-5 175 2 Anaconda 15-5 175 5 VolFanatETSU 15-5 174 5 mmmjtx 15-5 174 7 Orange Swarm 16-4 173 7 gridmaven 15-5 173 7 That Dudes Picks 15-5 173 7 boro wvvol 15-5 173 Overall the standings continue to be tight at the top.  VolFanatETSU grabs the lead this week but the top seven are all...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 23, 2014

Vols looking for a special upset against Alabama

While Tennessee looks for an upset against the Tide, fans look for a story to tell. Word of warning up front, friends. The forecast for the outcome of this weekend's Tennessee-Alabama game is not particularly encouraging. Dark, gloomy, cold, and windy with a chance of hail, which in the south sounds exactly the same as "Hell," which also works. But don't stop reading now, and don't stop reading after the numbers forecast, because the numbers don't always tell the whole story. Sometimes they're reduced to the role of villains in the stories you tell for the rest of your lives. The...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 23, 2014

Rocky Top Locks, Week 9

Brought to you by the letter U, as in "underperforming." This opener brought to you by it was late, I was tired, and the picks season is just kind of average in all directions. Chris: 6-0 this week, 26-21-1 overall I_S: 1-5 this week, 24-24 overall KidB: 2-4 this week, 22-24-2 overall Chris's "2013 Was So Last Year" Picks Virginia Tech (+3) vs. Miami (FL) - Yeah, not even a week after I make fun of kid for taking Frank Beamer in a Thursday night game, I do the same. The differences: it's a home game, Virginia Tech is a home dog, and I've already written the snark if I miss this game and...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 22, 2014

What are the odds of the Vols getting to six wins now?

Weighing the Vols' chances against their remaining schedule: Week 8. Well crud. Last weekend was about the worst possible scenario for feeling good about most of the rest of the schedule, what with Alabama finding its legs and Missouri stealing Tennessee's rightful role of putting the last nail in Will Muschamp's coffin. So how do we feel now about the Vols' remaining schedule? We rank the remaining games, again with our own 5-30 point scale. 10/25/14: Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC, #4) Week 1: Beat West Virginia, 33-23. Week 2: Beat Florida Atlantic, 41-0. Week 3: Beat Beat Souther Miss,...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 22, 2014

Lane Kiffin: Sleeper Agent?

Think about it. No, really. THINK ABOUT IT. I have a theory, you guys. You're not going to like it, but I have a theory. I think Lane Kiffin is a Tennessee sleeper agent. I know, right? You don't like it. But think about it: what were Alabama's best offensive games of the season (non-doormat divisions)? West Virginia, Florida, and Texas A&M. That West Virginia game needed to be strong because you've gotta make Alabama fans think you're in it for them. Kiffin's had it in for Florida since he wanted to sing Rocky Top all night long, and if you don't think it's a coincidence the Alabama...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 21, 2014

RTT Podcast: Alabama

We talk Tennessee's struggles and the Crimson Tide in this week's RTT Podcast. The podcast returns as the Vols prepare to host Alabama for the Third Saturday in October.  We're joined once again tonight by Josh Ward of Knoxville's WNML The Sports Animal, co-host of Sports 180 every weekday from 12-3 PM ET.  We'll talk Tennessee's struggles in recent weeks and how Butch Jones and company are addressing them, and discuss Tennessee's chances against the #4 Crimson Tide Saturday night in Neyland Stadium.  As always we're live tonight at 8:30 PM ET, or you can listen later anytime. Here's...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 21, 2014

Tennessee Vols Trending Report: Week Seven (Ole Miss)

On the plus side, the trending report was so negative last time that there's not much left to trend down. Another road game against a top five opponent, another lopsided loss. Did the Vols look significantly worse, or were their opponents just significantly better? We try to sort it out in this week's trending report. TRENDING UP: Opportunity. The Vols have a very good Alabama team coming into Neyland on Saturday. But here's the thing: Alabama isn't as good as Ole Miss. But a win--or even a competitive performance--against Alabama would do a lot more for the psyche of the team and of...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 21, 2014

Stat rankings: Defense is night and day since 2012

The stat rankings show that Butch Jones and his staff have dramatically improved the defense in just two years. Will they do the same with the offense but on a longer timetable? The regular statistical rankings post is below, but I wanted to offer something a little different first. Think back with me to 2012, the season in which you had confidence that Justin Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Tyler Bray's Arm could move the offense down the field. The defense that year, though, hoo-wee it was bad. Historically so. But then think about the team's progress in that department in just two...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 20, 2014

Peyton Manning's 10 Best Passing Performances at Tennessee

In celebration of Manning breaking the all-time record for NFL touchdown passes, we look back on his best passing performances in a Tennessee uniform. As Peyton Manning passed Brett Favre for the all-time record for NFL touchdown passes, I found myself thinking the same thing I always think when I watch Manning these days:  how we're somehow going on 20+ years of memories for this guy now, and how lucky we are not just as Tennessee fans but football fans to get to watch him do what he does. Since we are Tennessee fans, let's take another trip down memory lane and look back at Manning's 10...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 20, 2014

Butch Jones Press Conference Thread

As usual, Butch Jones will be giving his weekly press conference today at noon. As usual, the link is not up at the time of the writing but should be up shortly on utsports.com. As usual, I will provide live updates in the comments if schedule permits. Tennessee is coming off its most one-sided loss of the season, in which many of the same issues that have plagued the Vols for weeks were the main contributors to Tennessee's inability to stay within striking distance of Ole Miss. Butch Jones has been answering questions about the offensive line for a couple weeks now, and he will likely...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 20, 2014

That Which Unites

A Tennessee program with familiar struggles prepares to face a unique week. On September 30, between Georgia and Florida, we posted a story about The Fragile Final Steps: Fans will now believe Tennessee is going to have a real chance to win every Saturday. It's ahead of schedule, but it's not idiot optimism.  It's what Butch Jones and Team 118 have given you every reason to believe.  It's such a simple statement, but was blissfully taken for granted for so long around here, it's nice to have it back. The hardest work of the rebuild is behind.  But these next steps, the final steps...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 19, 2014

Rocky Top Locks, Week 8 Recap

Perfect weeks for the index picker cause some shakeup in the standings, but everyone's swirling around .500 anyway at this point. Apparently some people just needed the threat of falling under .500 to wake up properly. Chris clocks in with a perfect week to surge over .500 on the season, kidboubon gets his slide on, and I_S had no idea what he was supposed to do once he made it over .500 for the first time in what felt like two years and promptly tanked. So: stand down, the order's back to normal again. Well, kind of. Chris: 6-0 this week, 26-21-1 overall I_S: 1-5 this week, 24-24...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 18, 2014

Ole Miss 34 Tennessee 3 - Rebels Follow The Script

The Ole Miss defense dominated the young Tennessee offensive line as the Rebels moved to 7-0 and the Vols stumble to 3-4. This Tennessee team has as specific a problem as I can ever remember. Those who wanted to see something other than the same five offensive linemen got a chance tonight:  Jacob Gilliam somehow returned to action less than two months after a torn ACL.  Brett Kendrick and Austin Sanders also saw more action tonight.  Both may have played more because Marcus Jackson and true freshman Coleman Thomas were banged up, how much we do not know. But none of it made any...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 18, 2014

Tennessee at Ole Miss Second Half Thread

Join along with the internet's best commenting system for the second half in Oxford. The Vol Defense came to play, holding Ole Miss to 174 yards in 40 plays.  But most of those yards came in a two-drive burst late in the first half, turning a 3-0 Tennessee game into a 14-3 Rebel lead at halftime. Justin Worley regressed after a sharp start to 13 of 19 for 120 yards (6.3 YPA) and two interceptions.  Bo Wallace is just 8 of 19 for 128 yards, but Vince Sanders has four catches for 108 yards, including two consecutive big ones for a third down conversion and a touchdown on true freshman...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 18, 2014

Tennessee Volunteers vs. #3 Ole Miss Rebels: Game Thread

The Vols head south to take on Ole Miss tonight at 7:00. Here's your open game thread. The Tennessee Volunteers take on #3 Ole Miss tonight at 7:00 on ESPN. This is the second best place to watch and discuss it with other Vols fans online as it happens. Go Vols! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2014 7:00 p.m. TENNESSEE at Ole miss TV: ESPN Radio: Vol NetworkONLINE: Watch ESPN, Live Audio, GameTracker
Rocky Top Talk Oct 18, 2014

RTT's Other Games Thread

Warm up for the Vols game with a Top 15 matchup in the Big 12 at noon and a Top 25 matchup between SEC West teams at 3:30. Here's the day's entire schedule and where to find the games on your TV. Tennessee's first night game since Oklahoma means that Vols fans have an entire day to enjoy appetizers before settling in for their own matchup. Things kick off with #14 Kansas State at #11 Oklahoma at noon on ESPN. The 3:30 slot features #21 Texas A&M at #7 Alabama on CBS, and then the Tennessee game kicks at 7:00 on ESPN. There are a couple of other games perhaps worth watching later via DVR...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 18, 2014

Vols vs. Ole Miss Rebels: Game time, TV schedule, live radio stream and more

Tennessee lines it up to see what this young team has against Ole Miss. Here's where to watch and listen. Get up and get going, Vols fans. Opportunity awaits. Tennessee travels to Ole Miss to take on the 3rd-ranked Rebels tonight at 7:00 on ESPN. Here's where to find the TV, radio, and internet broadcasts. Game time, TV schedule: 7:00 Eastern, ESPN Live TV stream: WatchESPN Live radio stream: Vol Network Live stats: Gametracker
Rocky Top Talk Oct 17, 2014

Tennessee-Ole Miss Guessing Game Questions

Here are your guessing game questions for the Ole Miss game. MasonW: No points in Week 6 of the RTT Guessing Game and yet still in the lead. Congratulations. This week's questions are up and ready. To play, go to the form and submit your answers to our three questions. When you're done, come back here and paste your responses in the comments section for discussion purposes. DON'T FORGET TO HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON. Here are mine: If your RTT screen name is on the list below, choose it. Otherwise, choose NEW PARTICIPANT and type your screen name in the box that magically appears. Joel...
Rocky Top Talk Oct 17, 2014

SEC Power Rankings: Mid-Season Reset

Now that we're crossing the midpoint of the season, it's time to take a look back at how we initially ranked the teams and examine the evidence from the games played in the first half of the season. TL;DR: Mid-Season Official Power Rankings Ballot 1. Ole Miss. This team is probably a year ahead of schedule depth-wise, so we won't be surprised if they falter along the way against a tough slate of games. That caveat aside, it's amazing how much this team has improved in Hugh Freeze's third season, pairing an occasionally brilliant but often frustrating offense with a truly scintillating...