Archive for October 22nd, 2005
Well, as much as I’d like to lay all of the blame of Tennessee’s loss to Alabama on Corey Anderson, whose complaint about lack of playing time was due to a poor attitude in practice, and who fumbled away a sure 3-point lead for the Vols inside the five-yard line, I think it was more of a good play by the Tide’s Roman Harper than it was a bad play by Anderson.
A very tough loss.
Here’s a couple of early takes on the game from around the web:
- Game Recap from ESPN.com
- CollegeFootballNews.com mentions something I didn’t notice. Was Bama guilty of offensive pass interference on the big pass on its last drive? Going back to look at it now. Hmm. I see what they’re talking about, but it doesn’t look like much to me. The receiver put both hands on the defender’s shoulder pads, but it doesn’t look like a push to me. Would Alabama had made this play if Jason Allen was covering?
- Voluminous explains the loss without saying a word.
- Big Orange Michael is upset at the Volunteer offense . . . and CBS.
- Scout.com’s Quarterly Report.
If you’re not already pumped for the Tennessee-Alabama game tomorrow, Matthew Zemek’s Perspective Piece should do the trick. From the open . . .
We interrupt this SEC season for a game that’s all about hatred.
. . . to the close . . .
This Saturday is the reason those Southern Marshals escort coaches on and off the field at the beginning and end of games. The new level of intensity associated with Vols-Tide makes Phil Fulmer’s entrance and exit almost as intriguing a spectacle as the game itself.
Tennessee-Alabama. It’s no longer a fixture on the Third Saturday of October, but the hatred is hotter than ever. That’s what makes this Saturday’s game crackle with so much life and intrigue.
. . . Zemek ably captures the context of this age-old rivalry.
Imagine walking into a room full of people that detest you. Multiply that by a factor of 3,000, and you’ll get a whiff of what Coach Fulmer will experience tomorrow when he jogs onto the field. Venom. Malice. Rancor.
A win for the Big Orange would be almost inconceivably satisfying.
The Tennessee Volunteers get a great chance to redeem themselves and improve their national standing when they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on archrival Alabama. This game is too close to call: the Vol defense should make it difficult for the Crimson Tide offense to be productive, and the Bama defense won’t make it easy for the Vol offense to get on track. Heck, even collegefootballnews.com can’t make up its mind.
Some other games of interest to Volunteer fans this weekend:
- Auburn at LSU. This one’s sorta hard to figure. LSU is ranked higher than Auburn, so you’d think you’d want Auburn to win, but an LSU victory makes the Vols’ earlier victory over LSU look better, and an LSU loss would probably only have the effect of substituting Auburn for LSU in the top ten anyway. It’s really a toss up on whom to root for, but I’m going with LSU.
- Arkansas at Georgia. This one, however, is a no-brainer. Wooooo Pigs Soooie!
- Texas Tech at Texas. Tech burst into the top ten last week, and the Longhorns may be due for a letdown. Really, they both need to lose, but this might be the other UT’s only real challenge for the rest of the year.
- Georgia Tech at Miami. Georgia Tech beat Auburn earlier this year. Can they pull off another upset?
- Penn State at Illinois. Will Penn State have a hangover after a tought loss last week at Michigan? Will it matter?
- Oregon State at UCLA. Can the Beavers knock off a top ten team two weeks in a row?
CFN has the TV listings.