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Maybe they create turnovers, but I believe that comes at a price. In both of their openers, they have allowed 200+ passing yards and 100+ rushing yards. Neither of those teams had the weapons in reciever and tight end that we have. As long as we hold onto the ball and Bray continues to play smart, I don't see how we don't put points on the board. Thought that was some useful information. I'll be interested to here what you guys think. GO VOLS!
This post was edited by Voldog69 19 months ago
We will get our passing yards. You are right Bray has to be patient but Florida doesn't have CB's who can match CP and JH. It will undoubtedly come down to us being able to take some pressure off of Bray by running the ball for positive yardage. If we don't get 3rd and short yardage conversions we will lose. Chaney has to scrap those pistol runs they blow and take to long to develop. We have to run in-between the A and B gaps. If our O-line performs like last year we will lose...
It's really simple. Florida has very limited offensive firepower. The maximum amount of points they are putting up is 24-30 no more. We get tough yards we win, everything else will take care of itself.
This post was edited by hdrizzle21 19 months ago
I agree 100%. I also dislike those pistol running plays. I actually wish we'd give our fullbacks more carries in those short yardage situations. Let them plow through for a yard or two.
Vols 35 Gators 17
This will be my first prediction of the season: Gators-24 Vols 38
Beat nc state...and Tenn is just incredible. Delusional. Should be a great game...but scoring over 30 won't happen. Top defensive coach..more five stars on our dline then on the entire Tenn roster. Good luck in the game but if you think 38 points....lol. Wow. Tenn can win absolutely...but you won't score that much. Seven straight...maybe ill respect predictions like this when you can prove you can beat someone besides vandy in overtime or nc state.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by ryan596 19 months ago
Its not a stupid question until you ask it.
You may be right bud but you are not gonna win an argument over here by throwing out stars.. All those five stars also lost 5 and 6 games the past two seasons so I can promise you the vols aren't scared of your 5 star linemen even tho you all do handle business against us usually
Big Orange - 41
Dead Gators - 20
I'm scared of their 5 star lineman. They return everybody on their D-Line that tossed our O-line around like they were kittens last year. That is the only thing I am afraid of on their team, but if they control the line of scrimmage like last year we will lose.
You can't completely judge our O line from last year. The injury to Hunter sent a shock wave through the team for a while during the game - we did regroup after this - I think a maturity of the teams mental approach is key here. The O line has that chip on the shoulder to prove how good they are and this is the game they have thinking about for a long time to prove it.
I'll refrain from trying to post a prediction on a rival board, but I will say this: if UT does in fact win, it will be because of your defense and run game. Between a tough defense and ball control offense, Florida will keep basically all of its games low-scoring.
IF UT wins, it's because you shut down the run and harassed Driskel, and then limited mistakes on offense. Something to the tune of 24-17. I just don't see a blowout either way.
I don't see FLA stopping our passing attack, but i'm not sure we can run it at all. Nothing about FLA's O scares me though. Vols 31, Gayturds 16.
A lot of confidence here on this board. I get feeling that the Vols win because I think that too. But some of these lopsided scores are crazy imho! This should be a hard fought game. And I think it is a close low scoring game!
5 stars mean nothing. Those same guys gave up 200 yards passing vs aTm and got 3 sacks . The Aggies do not have the WR/TE we have. Secondly, let us not forget Bray was only sacked a total of 13 times the entire 2011 season, and we have the nearly identical o line. Now your o-line gave up 8 sacks cs aTm alone, have you been watching our D?
And even giving you the edge on d line, which I don't think exists, your DBs are a weak point vs our offensive strength. Rewatch the game from last year, it was not pretty. Now you all have lost two starters in the secondary, not good.
Please explain how you expect to put enough pressure on Bray to stop the pass while still covering the WRs. I don't think you can, and I don't think your front 5 can put enough pressure alone. I think these predictions are close to accurate, not just because we beat NCST, but because you all haven't shown the type of defense necessary to stop our attack.
Bottom line is the game has to be played on the field and I can't wait until Saturday. The streak ends now.
This post was edited by RattlerVolJdII 19 months ago
2013. Team 117. Beginning of the new Era.
I went ahead and numbered a few of your points and will do my best to address them (through the Orange and Blue glasses of course) ...
1) A couple of points here. First, aTm led the nation in sacks last year and IIRC returned basically all of their front 7. Second, I believe 6 of those sacks are attributed to Driskel panicking and leaving the pocket too early, then failing to scramble/get rid of the ball/etc. The OL wasn't really the problem, it was the young QB (of course this needs to get fixed).
2) Obviously your WRs > our DBs overall. Thus, we will try to coach around that, namely by running tons of nickel to encourage the run, and by blitzing to try and get the ball out quick.
3) This (our pass rush) is what worries me the most. Our 2 best pass rushers are true freshmen. We need drastic improvement here.
4) I disagree. In fact our defense has played well when you look at the big picture. Versus BGSU: 4.3 YPA, 3.7 YPC. Versus aTm: 6.5 YPA, 3.5 YPC. Those are pretty good numbers. The only thing is we have struggled to get sacks and TOs, which we will need vs UT.
5) I agree. Except the streak part.
PS I don't blame you if you saw the "Gator" in my name and ignored the long post
1) not downplaying aTm but those sacks came against Big 12 talent...And maybe it's just me but arguing that the problem is your young QB and not the o-line isn't very comforting from a Gator perspective. As a Vol however it makes me Dool-aid smile.
2) I agree that you will need a ton of nickel and dime coverage, however I think that again plays to our advantage. As we agree, your secondary is your weak point and these two packages just put more of those guys on the field, and you're still two starters short so idk how well that'll work out for you all. As far as getting the ball out quickly, I think that's good strategy, but do you remember what you all did to us with Demps and Rainey last year? Well, I'd like to introduce you to Pig and Young.
4). Those numbers are good but like you said, sacks and TO will be needed to win? I'm not seeing where the sacks will come but turnovers are always possible.
Nice chatting with you. At least one part of your glasses are colored orange albeit the wrong shade of it
I think you're overplaying the loss of two starters a tad. One of them was technically the NB (Riggs) but was really our 4th best corner. The safety, Evans, is more of a run defender.
The far bigger issue to me is getting pressure. You ask where it will come from, and that's a good question. There are no proven pass rushers on this team, so it will have to come from people stepping up in a big game.
As for our offense, I was more defending our OL than anything else; clearly the young QB needs to improve. Otherwise, your defense will smell blood in the water, like aTm's did.
Likewise. I try to be rational and civil, and I've seen it reciprocated here. Here's to a clean-old-fashioned-hate game on Saturday
Good post drizzy, +1 GO VOLS!
BUTCH IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. GO VOLS!
You obviously didn't watch the game. Aggies have one of the premier lines in football and got tossed around like girls in the second half. One pass past 10 yards downfield. The whole first half was denard Robinson basically running and tossing some lob ball after defense committed. Your line isn't as good as the aggies. Your qb isnt as mobile. And we ate your line up last year.
Yes. We have that advantage. Watch the game before you comment. Gators line isn't great offensively. Aggies pass rush better is than Tenn to so once again not as big of an issue. Tenn hasn't beaten anyone significant in awhile. There jd a reason. We have one of the top pass defenses from last year returning. Clearly you once again speak without knowing. Gators strength on a top ten defense is against the pass.
This post was edited by ryan596 19 months ago
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Um if you were watching Denard Robinson play, that would explain a lot of your misunderstanding. You couldn't have been watching UF play this year with these comments.
Let's see, A&M hung 17 on UF in the first halt with a redshirt freshman QB, no experience at WR, and a mediocre running game except for the QB running for his life on third downs (according to Sumlin, they were NOT running QB draws, the QB took off on his own). Yes, I was at the game.
A&M had none of the skill players that UT will put on the field, so yes, I think UT will score 30. Further, UF has essentially the same defense (actually much less of a defense due to the rash of injuries) as was on the field last year that couldn't cover Hunter and a bunch of less capable receivers than this year. There must have been 10 defensive holding or interference calls with several more that could have been called. Now that at least three of the best defensive players are out against UT, the UF defense will have even less experience and talent on the field.
Bray has proven that he can hold his own against the blitz, he doesn't appear to get rattled. We have more talent at WR and RB than we had last year and the OL is at least pass blocking as well as or better than last year. Yes, Bray threw 2 INT's last year; one was an "oh no," the other was trying to make something happen at the end of the game. He was sacked 2 times last year and completed 60 of his passes, even though UF KNEW he was going to be throwing every down.
And seven straight is history and has very little bearing on what will happen on Saturday. Will I be surprised if UT puts up 38 on Saturday? A little, but the talent is there to do so, especially against a weakened UF D. However, as they say, that is why they play the games. i will be in Neyland on Saturday to (hopefully) watch a UT victory. The last time I went to this game was 2001; what a memory!
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