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Most to Gain - Game 4 @ UF
Nothing would say we've turned a corner like a massive upset in The Swamp. A victory over The Gators would mobilize the fan base, cement everybody's buy-in with Butch & Co., and ignite confidence in our players.
Most to Lose - Game 10 vs. VU
Losing to the Dores would give Jimmy F. a winning record vs. the VOLS, thus enabling him to turn his state takeover message up to 11. Like it or not, we are in a recruiting war of perception with that school right now, and we can't allow him to levy any more evidence against us that a permanent power shift has occurred. It's crucial we let it be known - loud and clear - that last year was an anomaly caused by our team quitting on account of deflated morale under a lame duck coach.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Denver Vol 9 months ago
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
By the way...
DENVER VOL IS ON A FREAKING ROLL WITH GREAT THREADS THIS WEEK
This post was edited by Denver Vol 9 months ago
Yes, you are.
Way to bring it in the middle of the summer.
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Just trying to keep some life in this old dog before fall camp starts and we all get that phunny pheeling again
Which, come to think of it, I'm already hyped up and I'm not sure anyone else it, so I'm going to put together a special hype thread to get everyone amped a couple weeks in advance. It's time to start getting ready for stuff to start. We should be making all kinds of ridiculous claims right now, and we're not. We're all way too rational and calm for mid-July.
Most to gain in Oregon game. We are prime time tv and we can set the table for a big game in Gainesville rather than reeling after a loss.
Most to lose in Western Kentucky. So little gain for a game that could be a loss. I don't think they will win, but they certainly are capable.
Butch Jones. Who???
Agree Denver Vol. Vandy is debateably the most important game on the schedule. Definetly my first choice of games we must win followed by USCjr.
Wait, wut? You see USC as a must-win?
I have to say I see that as a total upset if we're able to pull it off.
No, i definetly don't see USCjr as a must win. sorry about the confusion. That would be second on my wish list of wins.
I think the game that we have the most to gain from would be winning at Alabama. If we were to miracle a way to victory there, there would be no chance we would lose to anyone else on the remaining portion of the schedule and we would end up with 8 wins in the regular season, which may get us a Florida bowl on New Years Day.
Also, I agree completely with your assessment of the Vandy game being the one with the most to lose.
Most to lose=you're right on with Vandy... Most to win=Bammer.... 'Nuff said bout that one...
Great thread, curious to others' thoughts, but don't see how it can't be these two games! GBO!!
BTW Denver, thanks for posting good, thought provoking, away from the ledge, football related questions!!! Some of these threads KILL me, although they can be creative; I did enjoy the best fried chicken thread....
Confused on the most to lose game...wouldn't it be worse to lose to KY? Is it because we shouldn't lose to them.
If were only discussing games that could be close, then I agree its Vandy.
No, it's any game. I would argue losing to Vandy is worse because we compete with them for in-state recruits and they already have lots of momentum. Not to mention both coaching staffs have made it a point to try to declare TN "their state," and that's a battle of perception that I don't think we want to lose.
I would agree with you on that one. I think Tennessee has the most to lose against Vanderbilt.
For most to gain, I would say Alabama. A win over Florida would be huge for UT's fan base, no doubt, but I think a win over Alabama would make a bigger splash throughout the SEC and maybe even across the country.
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I can see that, but this yr (I think it will change very soon) most feel TN and Vandy are close in talent so a close loss to Vandy (which I would HATE) wouldn't look as bad as a loss to KY who is perceived to have worse talent.
They have started to get some recruiting going but another win over UT might really get it moving.
I can see your point which might swing it to Vandy.
I want to get back to what I'm used to which is undefeated Novembers.
The only reason I chose UF over Bama is because it's earlier in the season and may have some positive effect on atmosphere and confidence for UGA and USC. I agree that taking down Bama would be the ultimate in knocking the king off the hill.
I chose UF over Oregon because if you beat Oregon and then go lose to UF, everyone immediately says you still can't do it in the SEC.
I agree on the Florida and Vandy picks. Last year this town was electric when Florida came to town like a volcano about to erupt. If we lose to Vandy again I'm going deep into the woods away from civilization to live out the rest of my days.
Isn't it funny how that was a given not too long ago...
OR would be huge, as would any upset but this is the first big test... AP or WKU upset would be the worst upset and would set the stage fir a long season and a lot of crap from posters...
Most to gain UF it's the first SEC game, would cause a ripple across the conference that UT is back, and it's a SEC east game and that would put winning the East in play.
Most to lose Vandy it would further the false impression that they're relevant. Yes I know they won 9 games for the first time since we discovered the world was round but they didn't beat anyone significant.
Most to lose is VU by a landslide IMO
I think most to gain is a tie between UO and Bama.... They both would send shockwaves across the nation (maybe even more so with UO) and I don't have to remind anyone we need positive national attention to help our national recruiting efforts out of states like CA where we used to pull lots of highly rated guys.
This post was edited by dsmith1669 9 months ago
Thanks for the great posts this week it was some great reading while traveling to Alaska and back (finally back so I have more time to respond)
Most to gain: Alabama. Defeating the kings of college football in the walls of Bryant's court would sound the Bells of Awakening for Tennessee football
Most to lose: Vanderbilt. In-state recruiting perception of the program would fall to all-time lows; and an even further inflated ego for James Franklin and the Vanderbilt crusade would result from a loss in this game.
This post was edited by Fear_Smokey 9 months ago
"What did he do? All he did was score!" - John Ward
Gain - Bama
Lose - Mizzou... that would be devastating and could send the team into a downward spiral
Don't understand the Mizzou answer. Any details on your reasoning?
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