They do it EVERY offseason, but this year has been particularly bad. They firmly believe that the stars are finally aligning for them to win the SEC East this year.
I've lived in Knoxville since 2005, surrounded by nothing but Orange. Needless to say, it's been a great year. Tennessee fans absolutely love living vicariously through their SEC brethren, which is frustrating. The Buckeyes certainly quieted that this season.
Buckeyes are done for the afternoon and have a 17.5 point lead on Iowa. Hawkeyes have 3 wrestlers in the semis, plus 4 still alive in wrestlebacks.
Strangely enough, our big rival played a slower rendition of Across the Field.
Rocky Top was also my high school fight song. I just couldn't escape it.
Agreed. I felt the same way when they canceled the Tennessee series.
After growing up in Knoxville (and moving back), I'd definitely say Tennessee.
I was in middle school during that infamous Citrus Bowl. My classmates never let me live that down.
I was a sophomore that year as well; in hindsight, it's hard to believe all of the changes on High Street since then. Kinda funny that when we got to campus in the early 2000s, High Street and South Campus were hardly recognizable to some of those who had attended in the 90s. The bar scene had pretty much been wiped out by the time we got there.
26 games (23-3 record), all in Columbus
First game - 1991 vs. Indiana (drove up from John Cooper's hometown for my 9th birthday)
I was a student from 2001 through 2005. The 2002 Michigan game is probably the most unbelievable sports atmosphere I've ever witnessed. Sold my 2004 Michigan ticket - I regret not being in the stadium to see the coronation of Troy Smith, but I made enough money to pay for every season ticket package I'd purchased as a student.
Came back in 2006 (Michigan), 2007 & 2008 (YSU), 2009 (Navy - Thank you, Brian Rolle), 2010 (Michigan), 2011 (Akron), and 2012 (Purdue - Kenny G to the rescue)
Next year's game in Blacksburg will be my first OSU road game.
Jesus, this is embarrassing.
Yeah, 3 of those punts were downed at the 5. Another was downed at the 9.
Yup. It was ruled an illegal forward pass.
Scott averaged 55 yards per punt. 5 of his 7 punts were downed inside the 20. The other two ended up at the 20 (73 yarder) and the 23. Definitely their MVP.
Zeke is the first 200+ yard rusher against Bama since Cadillac Williams did it in 2003.
Fair point. I guess I just don't understand what good it does for a team like Alabama to play a team like Western Carolina at all. I was never a fan of OSU playing Youngstown State for the exact same reason. OSU gained absolutely nothing by playing those games. Why risk getting guys hurt against an FCS team?
This week in the SEC (yup, 4th Saturday in November):
- Eastern Kentucky @ Florida
- Charleston Southern @ Georgia
- South Alabama @ South Carolina
- Samford @ Auburn
- Western Carolina @ Alabama
Yeah, that's good for college football.
All they talk about here in Tennessee is how easy Mizzou's SEC West rotation was this year (Arkansas and A&M). If I were a Missouri fan, I'd be frustrated. They've gotten zero respect this year, despite leading the SEC East all season. Hard to believe that Tennessee is favored against them on Saturday.
Would be amazing to see Mizzou win out. And possibly beat Bama/MSU for the SEC Title.
TCU answers, but Kansas just threw a 78-yard TD pass. 27-17 midway through the 3rd.
Kansas is now up 20-10. Scored on their opening drive of the 2nd half.
I agree, Butch Jones would be a solid hire for them. I'm not sure how interested Michigan would be (or if Jones wants to leave UT for another heavyweight turned dumpster fire), but he's done an impressive job already in Knoxville. If Michigan happened to lure Jones away from Tennessee, it would be absolutely pandemonium down here in Knoxville.
Vandy is lucky that UMass is UMass. The Minutemen blew a 31-20 lead in the 4th quarter (Vandy blocked a punt and returned it for a TD to get back in it), and then missed a game-tying 22-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.
No disagreement there. After this season, the QB job is obviously wide open here. Shouldn't be difficult to convince a top-notch QB prospect to come to Columbus.
With Worley graduating, Peterman playing bench-warmer, and Ferguson transferring, Dobbs is the big question mark for Tennessee going forward, especially with no other QBs on the roster. Dobbs is a brilliant kid (engineering student) with decent mobility and a good arm, but obviously very young. I had heard that Jennings was promised a shot at QB next year, but all of the prep chatter I've heard here in Knoxville points to him ending up at another position.
Tennessee's QB situation is terrible, for the record. Three different guys started at QB last year, and there is no clear cut starter going forward. Justin Worley started the most games last year and is a senior. Josh Dobbs is a sophomore and got a chance to start a few games at the end of last season. Nathan Peterman is a sophomore and started against Florida last year (looked terrible against the Gators and was pulled in the first half). The "expected" starter for 2014 was redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson (redshirted last year due to injury), but it was announced yesterday that he is leaving the team for good. The QB situation in Knoxville is an absolute train wreck, and they are dying to pull in a bluechip QB recruit who can lead the team in 2015. Jajuan Jennings is likely to play a different position at Tennessee, based on what I've read, so they haven't filled their huge need for a QB in this class.