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Rocky Top Talk Nov 17, 2014

Point-Counterpoint: Missouri

Point There can be no compromise with Missouri By Zombie Henry Clay Ladies and gentlemen, when last we spoke, I addressed you most eloquently upon the subject of compromise-- addressing whether or not every compromise is an abdication of a principle, or simply  a measure of mutual concession and sacrifice. I plied our body politic with words of erudition, and sought to sway you with a sweet and honeyed tongue-- but long years have wrought a bitter wisdom in these dusty bones, and I fear I must abjure my former words and repent. Having considered the matter most deeply upon my Christian...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 17, 2014

Re-weighing expectations: Vols one game away from 2014 goal of bowl eligibility

Weighing the Vols' chances against their remaining schedule: Week 12. There's been a lot of confusion about the RTT 5-30 Point Scale that we use to precisely and accurately predict the outcomes of Vols games, so I wanted to take the opportunity this week in particular to clear up some of that confusion. 1. The characteristic for which the 5-30 Point Scale System is best known is its patent pending Liquid Precision. It's precisely accurate to an integer chosen mostly at random. 1. That statistical quirk that you think should be accounted for? The 5-30 Point Scale accounts for it to the...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 16, 2014

Butch Jones, Josh Dobbs Reach Level Two

Tennessee's exciting young quarterback prepares to face the first good defense that knows he's coming, and Butch Jones and the Vols try to take an important step up the ladder. Rarely has doing what Tennessee teams historically do to Kentucky felt so good.  Getting win number five over the Wildcats allows Tennessee to think about making holiday arrangements in Nashville or Memphis with Vanderbilt in the hole.  But now an additional opportunity truly appears. Missouri will be the 12th ranked team Butch Jones has faced in his first two years.  The head coach got his win over #11 South...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 16, 2014

Thirteen Tennessee-Kentucky Thoughts

What we take forward from the extended Tennessee beatdown of Kentucky. 1. There's only so much you can say about a win where we put up a postgame recap nine minutes after the final snap. This was comprehensive; 50-16 isn't a misprint and it isn't telling you something you shouldn't know. This got nasty in a hurry. 2. If you missed the game: Josh Dobbs went for nearly 300 yards at 70% through the air plus another 50 on the ground while Jalen Hurd ran for 112. Jason Croom, Von Pearson, and Brian Randolph(!) had touchdowns, and Aaron Medley was good enough. Pearson in particular looked like a...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 15, 2014

Tennessee 50 Kentucky 16: The Next Step with Style

Josh Dobbs scored four touchdowns, the defense scored another, and Tennessee took the next step towards bowl eligibility with style, drilling Kentucky 50-16 Saturday afternoon in Knoxville. For the first time in Butch Jones' tenure in Knoxville, Tennessee ran away with a meaningful SEC game, jumping out to a 30-3 lead before cruising to an 50-16 win over Kentucky Saturday afternoon in Knoxville. Josh Dobbs threw for 293 yards and ran for 53, and Jalen Hurd added his third 100-yard game of the season, leading the Tennessee offense to 511 yards and 43 points. Dobbs threw for three...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 15, 2014

Vols-Wildcats: 2nd half game thread

The Vols are in control at the half against Kentucky. Here's your second half game thread. Yes, it's all Vols at the half with the good guys leading 33-13 and generally looking in control except for a couple of drives by Kentucky and a squib kick that gave away three points at the end of the half. Can Tennessee continue to roll in the second half? Stay tuned.
Rocky Top Talk Nov 15, 2014

SEC Power Ranking Week 12

The triumphant return of Satan's smallest minion, and we try to make sense of the injuries besetting Ole Miss. Previous Rankings Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Comments Ole Miss Auburn Auburn Mississippi State Mississippi State Mississippi State Consistency is the hobgoblin of... okay fine, we were wrong. Auburn Ole Miss Alabama Alabama Alabama Ole Miss Georgia LSU LSU LSU Georgia Georgia Kentucky Kentucky Tennessee Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas The highest rated zero win team I've ever seen. Tennessee Tennessee Missouri Texas A&M Texas A&M Texas...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 15, 2014

Tennessee Volunteers at Kentucky Wildcats: game thread

The Vols host the Wildcats this evening at 4:00. Here's your open game thread. The Tennessee Volunteers host the Kentucky Wildcats this evening at 4:00 p.m. EDT on the SEC Network. 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 4:00 PM ETSECN Kentucky at Tennessee TV: SECN RADIO: VOL NETWORK ONLINE: WATCH ESPN, LIVE AUDIO, GAMETRACKER
Rocky Top Talk Nov 15, 2014

RTT's Other Games Thread

There's a full day of football ahead of the Vols' game against Kentucky this evening. Here's the entire day's schedule. The Vols kick at 4:00, but there are a ton of other great games to watch this weekend, too. South Carolina goes to Florida at noon on the SEC Network. That is up against a Top 25 matchup between #19 Clemson and #22 Georgia Tech on ESPN, but SEC, right? There's also #8 Ohio State at #25 Minnesota at noon on ABC. Go Gophers. At 3:30, of course, we have #1 Mississippi State at #5 Alabama on CBS WITH NATIONAL TITLE IMPLICATIONS, and there's another Top 25 matchup between B1G...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 14, 2014

Kentucky Guessing Game

biologydropout rides giving up and quitting to first place in the RTT Guessing Game. Look at fatso go! He re-took the lead again this week only to again suffer the fate of the Blue Shell and fall back into a tie for second place, leaving biologydropout alone in first. Life lesson there, kids. Go ahead and quit, and you too can end up first in a contest where the rules are made up and the points don't matter. To play this week, 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...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 14, 2014

Tennessee Football: Previewing the Kentucky game with A Sea of Blue

Previewing Saturday's game with our Kentucky brethren from A Sea of Blue. Will Marshall, editor and blogger extraordinaire at SBNation resident fan site A Sea of Blue, was kind enough to answer all of our burning questions about Saturday's game. (You can read my preview of Tennessee for A Sea of Blue here). Presented below is our email exchange in its entire, mostly unedited glory. When Kentucky has the ball Neal Brown has done a fantastic job conjuring points out of the Kentucky offense this year. How has he managed this feat while using almost the same personnel from last year? I'd...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 14, 2014

Tennessee vs VCU: Three Thoughts

Tennessee's basketball season begins with a trip to the US Naval Academy to face a Top 15 VCU squad. Consider how much has changed since the last time we played these guys.  On November 24, 2010 the Vols beat the Rams 77-72 in Madison Square Garden, the semifinals of the preseason NIT.  At the time the Vols were ranked #24 coming off an Elite Eight appearance and were 48 hours away from beating #7 Villanova and then #3 Pittsburgh to enter the top five.  And at the time VCU's most recent highlight was winning the CBI postseason tournament.  It was Shaka Smart's second year and Bruce...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 14, 2014

Most Important Vol - Kentucky

Our writers make their weekly picks for the game's most important player. Will Shelton - Jalen Reeves-Maybin The defense definitely needed the bye week after dealing with a huge number of snaps from Ole Miss, one of the best teams in the nation in Alabama, and then South Carolina's potent offense.  No player better demonstrates the grind of a season defensively than JRM, who launched out of the gate with seven tackles for loss in Tennessee's first five games, but has only one in the last four.  He continues to be the team's second leading tackler behind A.J. Johnson, but after averaging...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 13, 2014
Vols look to start winning as important favorites

Vols look to start winning as important favorites

Tennessee hasn't had a lot of practice playing important games as favorites lately, but they start that journey this weekend against the Kentucky Wildcats. Welcome to the role of important favorite, Vols fans. The oddsmakers currently have Tennessee as an 8.5-point favorite over Kentucky, and Football Study Hall says that Kentucky's chance of beating Tennessee is only 12.9%. This preview, too, is going to pick the Vols and suggest that the final margin over victory should be closer to 14 than 7. Perhaps all of that's an overreaction to the Vols seemingly finding answers to all of their...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 13, 2014
Rocky Top Locks, Week 12

Rocky Top Locks, Week 12

The slow slide to .500 (for Chris and I_S) continues unabated. Current Standings KidB:  4-2 Last week, 35-29-2 overall (55%) Chris: 2-4 Last week, 32-33-1 overall (49%) I_S:   3=3 Last week, 31-33-2 overall (48%) Interesting Note: If one were to actually bet on sports contests -- which would be difficult as gambling is clearly not legal here in this country...but hypothetically -- one would need to hit 52.4% of their bets to break even (the reason it's over half is because of the "juice" (with an even money, against-the-spread wager, you have to risk, e.g., $110 to win $100))....
Rocky Top Talk Nov 13, 2014

Tennessee Baseball Inks 12 in Early Signing Period

The first day of the fall early signing period for 2015 is over, and the Vols have secured 12 Letters of Intent for baseball. Butch Jones is not the only coach on the Hill rebuilding a program, and Dave Serrano's BaseVols took another step forward in the rebuilding process by signing 12 players in the early signing period for 2015. The class is anchored by the consensus #1 catcher in the nation, Chris Betts.  He is the Vols' highest rated baseball recruit since Casey Kelly in 2008 (who had signed for football and baseball, but ended up going pro after being drafted by the Boston Red Sox...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 12, 2014

RTT Podcast: Tennessee/Kentucky

We're joined by A Sea of Blue to talk Vols/Cats football and basketball. We taped our podcast last night and are unleashing it on the world this afternoon.  This week our old friend Glenn Logan from A Sea of Blue joined us to talk Tennessee and Kentucky.  Glenn is one of our oldest and most frequent podcast guests; ASOB is SB Nation's Kentucky blog and they do great work covering football and, as you'd imagine, basketball over there.  Among topics covered: What's been the biggest reason for Kentucky's slide in the last four games? How important is Patrick Towles to Kentucky's...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 12, 2014
Tennessee-Kentucky: Rebuilds in Motion

Tennessee-Kentucky: Rebuilds in Motion

Kentucky's done well for themselves under Mark Stoops, but is it enough to get ahead of the Butch Jones rebuild? We return from the bye week with a hopefully-fresher Tennessee facing off against a Kentucky squad that looks a lot like Tennessee's: young, talented, and with more on the way. Kentucky's recruiting under Mark Stoops is much improved from what we're used to from the Wildcats (aka the two random really good players among a roster of the too-good-for-the-MAC All-Stars), and they'll be at worst upgraded to "feisty" for the next couple seasons. The caveat, of course, is that...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 11, 2014

Reweighing expectations for the Vols after the bye week

Weighing the Vols' chances against their remaining schedule: Week 11. The Vols didn't play this weekend, but two of three of our future opponents did. Let's see how they did to determine whether we need to adjust our expectations for the rest of the season using the 5-30 point ranking system. 11/15/14: Kentucky (5-5, 2-5 SEC, NR) Week 1: Beat UT Martin, 59-14. Week 2: Beat Ohio, 20-3. Week 3: Barely lost to Florida in the Swamp, 36-30 in triple overtime. Week 4: Bye. Week 5: Beat Vanderbilt, 17-7. Week 6: Beat South Carolina, 45-38. Week 7: Beat UL Monroe, 48-14. Week 8: Lost to LSU,...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 10, 2014

Butch Jones Press Conference Thread

The bye week is over, and Monday again brings Butch Jones' regularly scheduled noon press conference. As usual, the link is not yet up on utsports.com at the time of the writing, but it should be easy enough to find closer to noon. As usual, if schedule permits, I will give live updates in the comments, so that anyone who is unable to watch can follow along. When we last saw one of Jones' weekly press conferences, he was trying hard to pump the brakes on the Josh Dobbs Bandwagon, because he doesn't want to crown an individual. Since then, Dobbs put on a masterful performance against South...