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  • Not quite 24 hours later, my count-to-10 impression actually hasn’t changed much from what I wrote immediately after the Vols-Gators game last night. The stats aren’t as bad as you might think, but the turnovers […]

    • Pre-season: 5.12
      Post-WVU: 4.98
      Post-ETSU: 4.84
      Post-UTEP: 4.65
      Now: 4.01

      FWIW, I have enjoyed this exercise and tracking how my expectations have adjusted.

    • 4.79

      Yeah even I have to admit that I’m having trouble finding a bowl trip.

    • 4.38 down from 5.88 if I remember correctly.

    • My projected win total is 4.2… sadly it will take the upset of only one “SEC” opponent. I HOPE Saturday turnovers were somewhat of an aberration and it will not be consistently repeated… I am still with you Big Orange… Go Vols!

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    We all know how we got here.

    You don’t hire Derek Dooley and Butch Jones in back-to-back searches after Lane Kiffin’s one-and-done and expect any differently. You don’t load up recruiting classes with the […]

    • Brad,

      If our Vols played on the level that you, Joel, and Will have written in the last 10+ years, we would have several SEC Championships. Great points in this article.

      Still, I don’t know why anyone in their right mind who is a Tennessee Fan would willfully sit down and watch the game this Saturday-or for the next month for that matter- knowing what will happen. Why put yourself through this pain? Listening to East Tennessee Sports Radio this past week leading up to the game, you would’ve thought we had a decent chance, which I really didn’t understand after watching the WVA game. Our O-line continually was getting beat that game and wasn’t sure how you can fix that in three weeks.

      Honestly, I feel the same about the SEC since Bama has become such a machine. It is not enjoyable to me knowing the ending every season before the first game is even played. Sure it MIGHT be UGA, honestly, who cares, hate em both.

      Unfortunately, what I saw of our new coach Saturday reminded me of the criticism that came out of Athens after the hire and when he had issues with Mark Ritch. If you have a confrontation with Mark Ritch, you have problems. My gut tells me that the next four years are going to be a continued walk through the wilderness with the only solution being to hire a “Saban”esque coach on the next hire. I know it is premature to call out Pruitt, just don’t have a good feeling about him now. Not bc of the loss, but how he handled the adversity on the sidelines and after the game.

      Not walking from my Vols, just not going to torture myself the next month as we lose by an average of 28 points a game. I suggest you don’t either. Life is too short.

      Peace,

      Matt

    • Btw the Gameday On Rocky Top, I hope I am so wrong! I hope this team and Coach Pruitt prove me flat out wrong on one of these SEC games left. Honestly don’t think we can beat any SEC team right now.

    • Good points Brad. Agree, there is lot of work to be done to bring this program back to the “good ole’ days”… unfortunately it is going to take a long time and I hope JP and crew are the right guys to lead the rebuild… regardless, I have enough memory of the “good ole’ days” that I will continue to support the Orange and White through thick and thin. I will be watching on Saturday… Go Vols!!

    • I think there might be something to watch for in the next month of games. What I think we hope to see is some kind of inflection point, after which the team starts to play better and we maybe have a chance against November. And as distasteful as it is, that could come in a quasi-competitive loss to one of these elite teams. Lose to Auburn by 15, and I think it might actually make me feel better about the long term future.

  • Here’s this week’s Guessing Game play-by-play.
    Round 1
    Q: Which is greater, Tennessee’s rushing yards or Florida’s passing yards? (10-60 points)

    A: Florida’s passing yards 10 points (Tennessee had 156 rushing […]

    • Ah bananas… I accidentally entered one week as my old site handle (ebreese1) and this week as my current handle (Evan). Hey @joelgamedaydepot-com, can you combine my two selves? I’ll stick with my proper name going forward (Evan).

      • I will put this on my list, Evan. It definitely wont’ update the post, but the data should be revised next week. If it’s not, please remind me again. Thanks.

  • I don’t know if the Florida series just feels like it’s full of weirdness to us because they’ve won around three-out-of-four times we’ve faced each other since 1990 and, of course, all but one of them since 2004. […]

    • Having Butch on the Bama sideline and Dooley hanging 50 on us in November are going to be bitter pills to swallow.

      • Mizzou’s offense is currently 13th in S&P+. Great quarterback, obviously, but Dooley’s doing a good job so far.

        • I didn’t know until today that Swiss Cheese Sal is on Florida’s coaching staff. This whole season is going to be one long Scrooge-ian nightmare of Christmases Past…

  • Congratulations to BZACHARY, who finished first in the Gameday on Rocky Top Pick ‘Em contest this week with an astounding 19-1 record and 195 confidence points. He or she gets a Gameday on Rocky Top t […]

  • Jeremy Pruitt’s post-game press conference:
    
    Players’ post-game interviews:

  • If you read only one thing about the Vols today . . .
    . . . make it this, from 247Sports’ Wes Rucker:

    Rucker: This might get better, but first it will get worse

    Other Vols stuff worth reading today […]

  • Earlier this week, all three of the GRT front page authors predicted a one-point victory for the Tennessee Volunteers over the Florida Gators this week. That wasn’t nearly as amusing/humorous/appalling on […]

    • That was possibly the most sickening game I have ever watched in my 25+ years of watching the Vols. The game was just so weird overall. Moments of looking pretty good, followed by a completely inept and monumentally disastrous play. We just seemed cursed when it comes to florida.

      And as much as it it hurt so bad, I really feel like there were some bright spots in there. The defense overall is good and getting better . Guarantano has heart and toughness. I still don’t know if he’s a great QB, but I don’t think anyone is going to be great behind that OL. I think the coaching staff is still figuring out how to coach but I love the aggressiveness they’ve shown at times. The defense may have gotten tired at times but didn’t quit overall (although I’m interested to hear more about Sapp). The RBs still look like an excellent crew (again despite the OL) and I really can’t wait for Banks to be let loose more often. He too looks like he has no quit. Juana Jennings is still a dog who fights for every yard. I’m glad he got to come back to the team and I’m going to miss him when he is gone. Calloway is supremely talented and is definitely going to be playing on Sundays. Seeing those bright spots is why it made the bad ones so much more painful. It was less about florida executing plays against the Vols, and more about what the Vols did to give it away. And doing that against the hated gators is probably the worst team for them to implode against. Even though Bama is a traditional rival, you have to respect their wins on the Vols. Bama just dominates and outplays almost every team they face (including the Vols). But the florida didn’t and hasn’t in quite some time. They just keep winning on flukes , miracles, and gifts. And that just hurts more.

      I usually don’t complain too much about officiating. I try to stay pretty honest (or at least keep most grumbling to myself). For example, I said it at the time it happened and I stand by it now, but that was not targeting on Reece in the first quarter. It was clean hard hit and JG’s head just whipped down on top of Reece’s helmet. There was nothing dirty or wrong about it. But overall that was some of the worst officiating I have ever seen. The lack of pass interference or defensive holding calls, the non-call on for the late and low hit that took out JG. It was ridiculous. But to be fair, even with better refs, the Vols did enough to hang themselves and it wouldn’t have saved them.

      Which also leads me into the announcing. Gilmore should never be allowed into a booth again. Either he is completely inept and doesn’t know what constitutes a penalty. Or he is blatantly biased for florida. DB bear-hugs and holds both of Calloway’s arms completely down….both players are hand-fighting and it’s a good no-call per Gilmore. Complete bs.

      And let’s not forget Gilmore and his word he learned for the day, “desperation”. I get it, and I kind of agree, that Pruitt was getting desperate. But he was right to be acting so, everything was in the process of falling apart. But beyond that, nearly every time he said that, Vols responded and proved Pruitt made the right call. The Vols just continued the Jekyll & Hyde act by once again immediately having the worst thing imaginable happen to completely negate the amazing and aggressive call the happened right before it. That onside kick is desperate…but it was executed with near perfection with florida completely unprepared. That gets recovered in any other game by any other team, but the one-in-a-million fluke happens against the Vols. Going for it on fourth down, desperate. But, oh look, Pope is wide open for a TD. Of course, Pope doesn’t run full speed right away allowing a defender to catch up and then he stupidly dives, stretches out the ball and fumbles it out of the end zone. It was going to be first and goal at the 1 or 2 yard line at the worst, but he chose poorly and fell victim to what might be the worst rule in all of sports.

      But anyways, back to the Vols. I just don’t know what to think anymore. I was probably a bit on the optimistic side for the crowd here, but not the crazy optimistic that I’ve seen elsewhere. I thought with a little luck, 6-6 was achievable. 7-5 would be everything breaking perfectly for the Vols and 5-7 was the most likely. I still think Charlotte we should beat. But there’s also the nagging fear in the back of my mind that the team may have completely quit by that late in the season after being dominate by everything in between now and then. Now, I think the Vols will need some major change or luck to win just a 4th game. They’ll need someone among the Kentucky, Mizzou, SCar, Vandy crowd to have their own worst night ever to win one of those. And all of those have had some pretty terrible games and teams. But depending on that to get a fourth win is just demoralizing. So I don’t know. I’ll keep watching, and suffering. And just try to hope for more signs from this season to brighten my outlook for the future under Pruitt.

  • It’s Gameday on Rocky Top, with the 2-1 (0-0) Tennessee Vols hosting the 2-1 (0-1) Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium tonight at 7:00.

    Here’s the Gameday Gameplan for Vols fans. Where and when to find the Vols […]

  • It’s time for this week’s edition of the Gameday on Rocky Top Guessing Game. If you are wondering what that is exactly, you can find out everything you need to know here. Last week’s results are […]

    • Which is greater, Tennessee’s rushing yards or Florida’s total yards? Tennessees rushing yards 10 points

      Who scores the first touchdown for the Vols, Ty Chandler, some other running back, a wide receiver, someone else, or nobody scores a touchdown for the Vols? Some other running back 10 points

      Who leads at halftime? Its tied 15 points

    • 1) Vols rushing yards
      2) Some other running back = 1st TD
      3) Vols lead at half

      Go Vols!!

    • Which is greater, Tennessee’s rushing yards or Florida’s total yards? Floridas passing yards 10 points

      Who scores the first touchdown for the Vols, Ty Chandler, some other running back, a wide receiver, someone else, or nobody scores a touchdown for the Vols? Some other running back 10 points

      Who leads at halftime? Its tied 15 points

    • Florida passing, WR, tied

    • TN,TY,TN

    • Vols Rushing
      Another RB
      Vols Lead

    • Which is greater, Tennessee’s rushing yards or Florida’s total yards? Tennessees rushing yards 10 points

      Who scores the first touchdown for the Vols, Ty Chandler, some other running back, a wide receiver, someone else, or nobody scores a touchdown for the Vols? A wide receiver 10 points

      Who leads at halftime? Its tied 15 points

    • Which is greater, Tennessee’s rushing yards or Florida’s total yards? Floridas passing yards 10 points

      Who scores the first touchdown for the Vols, Ty Chandler, some other running back, a wide receiver, someone else, or nobody scores a touchdown for the Vols? A wide receiver 10 points

      Who leads at halftime? Vols 10 points

    • Tennessee Rushing
      Some other back
      Tied

    • Which is greater, Tennessee’s rushing yards or Florida’s total yards? Tennessees rushing yards 10 points

      Who scores the first touchdown for the Vols, Ty Chandler, some other running back, a wide receiver, someone else, or nobody scores a touchdown for the Vols? A wide receiver 10 points

      Who leads at halftime? Vols 10 points

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    GRT Podcast 9.21.18

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  • In spite of everything – coaching changes, 4-8, a 26-point loss to West Virginia, Florida’s loss to Kentucky – this still feels like the Friday morning of Florida week is supposed to feel. The slow burn of […]

  • There was never a chance for UTEP to beat Tennessee last weekend, so why were we so angry when the Vols dominated? It’s because it was ugly, and entering a crucial, pivotal tilt with Florida this weekend, we […]

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    GRT Podcast 9.19.18

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    [00:03:55] Quick takes on the news items […]

  • We have three weeks’ worth of 2018 data so far, so while we’re creeping up on looking exclusively at what teams have done so far this year, we still need to be a bit wary of that data and to mitigate those […]

    • 34-17 Vols is my prediction.

    • You should do a statsy review of your statsy previews sometime so I know how much stock to put in these 🙂

      • On my list. Short answer is this: When you just take the numbers and don’t adjust them for anything, it was 56.6% against the spread last year from Week 6 (when I started keeping track of every game with a spread) through bowl season. It was under 50% only once during that span. It does best (66.3%) on games with spreads of 6.5 or smaller and for which the machine has above a certain level of confidence that I am keeping to myself for now. 🙂

        I don’t have enough early season data yet to know whether it’s similarly reliable for Weeks 4-5. It was not good the first two weeks this season (50% and 47%, respectively) due to lack of pertinent data and not yet having tinkered with any season-to-season adjustments for incoming/departing players/coaches. It did seem to start finding its footing last week (56%), but that could have been a fluke. We’ll see what happens this week.

        Those are just using the numbers the machine spits out. For this Tennessee preview I post each week, I take a closer look and make some eyeball adjustments, which have turned out to be no more reliable than just using the numbers. Shrug. I will say, though, that the machine has not yet been very good at Tennessee games for whatever reason.

        I started this on a whim several years ago, got curious last year, and was a bit surprised when it beat S&P+ in the back half of the season. If it does it the whole 2018 season, I might assume it’s all grown up and start taking it seriously as something more than just a stats-informed way to talk about the game.

  • This is brilliant. Chicken skin on chicken skin.

    Don’t let up.

     

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    GRT Podcast 9.18.18

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    • Great podcast as usual fellas! When you mentioned about not paying attention to the UAB game and listening to the OSU-MSU on the radio instead my mind went straight to that UT-Mizzou game. I was one of those guys who was wondering why everyone was cheering when LSU was stopped.

      You know, with the Sugar Bowl in sight no one even realized that would be our last SEC win for over a year.

      • Yikes, that is depressing.

        I remember that UT-Missouri game, too. Had a friend with me, and we were both trying to decipher what the various pockets of emotions meant. At one point, we concluded that something good had happened for the Vols. Alas.

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    Friday night there are a couple of Top 25 teams in action, so if you’re looking for something to do, there it is.
    Gameday

     

    At noon this Gameday, you really need to watch Georgia and M […]

  • Pruitt’s Monday presser:

    Paul Bain from Champs:

    Dueling pressers, from the SEC Network:

    An official weekly:

    Tennessee Take – September 17, 2018

    • UTEP shutout by the Vol Defense
    • Mark your for Wed […]

    • Ethan replied 6 days ago

      Hmmm, I fear I must call mild exaggeration. If my math is correct, Jeremy Pruitt was 18 when the SEC went to divisional play and Florida-Tennessee became the first big SEC game of the year.

      • Ethan replied 6 days ago

        Also Dan Mullen is so jittery. I don’t think I’ve ever watched him in a press conference. Also I still kind of like him. This is an alien feeling for a Florida coach.

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