Up next for UGA: Those wild and wacky Tennessee Vols

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws to a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 38-28. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Joshua Dobbs got it going. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE — Students of this rivalry will recall the 1995 Florida-Tennessee game, when Danny Wuerffel’s Gators trailed Peyton Manning’s Volunteers 30-14 and scored 48 consecutive points. This was only 38, but it felt like more. It felt as if Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs wasn’t just throwing touchdown passes — four in barely 10 minutes — but tossing aside a decade’s worth of bad karma.

Just when we all had the Vols pegged as a Big Orange fraud, they laid waste to a good defense and showed us something we hadn’t seen from them under Butch Jones, or Derrick Dooley, or Lane Kiffin, or even during the final days of Phillip Fulmer. This was the team on which the football world had been waiting, fast and strong and daring. Which kind of made you wonder: How did such an aggregation fall 21 points behind a visitor playing with its backup quarterback?

“That wasn’t us,” Jones said of the first half, but it kind of was. Tennessee trailed Appalachian State and needed overtime to win its opener. It trailed Virginia Tech 14-0 the next week. It couldn’t shake Ohio last Saturday. The way the Vols started here seemed every bit in keeping with their profile under Jones — look really good on paper, less good on the field.

Full credit to the Vols for seizing a game going wrong and winning 38-28. (And Florida scored last.) If that Tennessee shows up at Sanford Stadium next week, it will win. If its first-half self is what travels to Athens, Georgia will win.

I know that sounds like double-talk, but if this game showed us anything, it’s that Tennessee is essentially two teams. One is excellent. The other is not. At their best, the Vols have a gear Georgia doesn’t possess; at their worst, they’re pretty close to awful.

Further reading: From flop to Rocky Top: Tennessee’s wild win.

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TideDawg
TideDawg

Just an observation on the new AD at GT. I think GT fired one from the hip by hiring this guy and hit a bulls eye. From what I hear and read about this guy he is going to be exactly what GT wants and needs. Of course you can't believe what you "READ" with our famous sportswriters. Now if they can just lure a football coach things will get real competitive in Ga.

khd713
khd713

@TideDawg Not sure about firing from the hip (apparently they looked at him pretty closely before making the stupid decision to hire Bobinski instead), but I agree he looks like the real deal. I'm excited about this hire, and I think PJ is probably going to be on a pretty short leash. I don't like the idea of starting over (again) with the football program, especially having to restart from a system like the triple option. It's going to be a tough transition if it happens, but if it has to (and right now I'd say the odds are better that it will than it won't), then I'm all for it, and I'm glad it looks like we have the right guy in place to make a successful change.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@khd713 @TideDawg Right on every count. It's better to have something to look forward to, rather than wonder every year if every team you play is going to stop the triple option. The right coach that knows where to start is needed. I'm only a fan with an opinion but I'd start building the DL and OL. With a good OL they can attract a quality pro style QB.  that won't get killed or beat up running the ball. I'm a Tide fan and a Dawg fan but I don't like to see any Georgia team in the humiliated  limelight. The Dawgs just left that scene.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Actually Tech beat the dawgs 48-6 in 1951....can't say I remember that one. 48-0 in 43 and 44-0 in 44.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TOJacket I hope you read that somewhere. You don't write like you're old enough to have been there.

TOJacket
TOJacket

No....my first game I attended was 1964. Bill Curry was a Senior that year.

Peachs
Peachs

I hope Miami plays Georgia in a bowl game, just don't think Georgia is going to qualify for a bowl game this year.  

FlatTire
FlatTire

Until our OC shows some better innovative play I don't see us winning.


I think its time play some other kids like giving Ben Cleveland and some other wide receivers  a chance cause I haven't seen much

TOJacket
TOJacket

Yea Flat.....after watching the replay,he keeps Chubb banging up the middle.....can't believe Lerch can't hit some slants?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@TOJacket did you see the 2 toss sweeps with the fullback blocking for him how they were big gains.  we did that all game vs UNC then decided in the Nichols Missouri and most of yesterday to go away from it

TOJacket
TOJacket

Yea.....did Chubb get winded? That OL named Pyke has gotten fat!

TOJacket
TOJacket

I don't remember right off hand if I've ever seen UGA losing 45-0......and I remember the Art Linkletter Show.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TOJacket I think the only line that UGa offensive lineman hit hard is the Chow line in the dining hall.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TOJacket I don't  remember the Art Linkletter show, but I remember Tech gaining 7 total yards on 20 carries in the first 29 minutes and 45 seconds of the first half Thursday night against Clemson.

"Kids Say the Darndest Things"

#ArtLinkletter

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@FlatTire 

Chaney is going to have to call some deeper pass plays and run them on 1st Down . The O-Line can't handle defenses that stack 9 men in the box. Set up the running game with the passing game, this might be easier said than done ,with the lack of athletic ability shown so far by the Dogs wideouts. Plus, having a true freshman QB may be restricting Chaney's ability to open up the passing game. 

But I agree the one running play the Dogs have been able to gain yardage with has been the Toss Sweep,don't know why Chaney does not use it more.

Peachs
Peachs

If Tech was a thoroughbred loser, playing a respectable game against Clemson, that may win the national championship, what is Georgia this morning losing to a two time loser, one being an ACC school, before having a week off with to play with their dawgs?  


Man we need someone in this state who knows football, but that wouldn't help the SEC, it would help the ACC. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Peachs  no this state just makes poor coaching hires


do you know Florida's history before 1991?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Peachs yea Tech is something with their 1893 era offense 


we do have plenty of people in this state that knows football; thats why no one wants to play for Tech (poor recruiting) nor watch Tech football (poor fan support)

Peachs
Peachs

@FlatTire @Peachs Tech will beat Georgia this year, won't even get excited about it and some of our guys will have jobs in the real world when it is through. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Peachs  Tech doesn't look any better than Georgia and if Georgia wins our guys will have jobs too

Peachs
Peachs

@FlatTire @Peachs like old Steve Spurrier said, "I don't know what happens to all those five star players at Georgia.  They out recruit us yet we are favored when we play them.".  What happens is we worship football in this state and the kids come in uncoachable..

Peachs
Peachs

@FlatTire @Peachs ya they do but we get to play so lets see what happens, you are soft, and I dealt getting beat by everybody in the SEC is going to help your attitude. 

Peachs
Peachs

@FlatTire @Peachs good comparison, they were horrible before and the best after, Georgia can be the same. But it is a cultural change more than coaches, these kids need some disciple. 

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Peachs  yea I agree the culture has to change.  The problem UGA made was they thought it was a good idea to hire a running backs/recruiting coordinator after Dooley


while Florida thought a coach who took Duke to an ACC title should be their coach

TOJacket
TOJacket

Flat....what's the difference in disappointing 93,000 or 55,000........do you get a trophy for the fan support?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Did the Rebels quit scoring yet?......ever had an "Orange Crush" before?

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

I stated Friday that Ole Miss would put it on the dawgs. And they did. I expect Tennessee to do the same. Georgia's problem is that they're just not physical- especially on the O-line. 


I figured Kirby would bring with him the same kind of toughness and pride that we instill in our players at Alabama. They're certainly not tough- not Saban tough anyway. 


And pride? Even Saban's inaugural 7-6 Alabama team did not lose a game by more than 7 points. Going into his 10th year Saban has only suffered 4 losses by more than 7 pts- 11 to Fla in the 08 seccg and 14pts to S. Carolina in 2010 and 14 pts to Utah and OU in bowl games. 


Saban and Bama never got humiliated and blown out by 25 or 30 points. That seems to happen at least once a year at UGA going back to the Richt days and long before that even. 


Its going to take a lot to change the culture of a football program that doesn't seem to be bothered by yearly humiliations and beatdowns. Its still early. But so far I'm not sure Kirby is up to the task. 

Peachs
Peachs

@Doom Classical liberal I think the high schools need a redo too.  Something wrong with a kid that looks like these kids that can't play football. 

gojackets63
gojackets63

Ga has no defense .they can't stop Tennessee and everybody will stack the box and stop Chub and dare Eason to beat them. heck ole miss played second team the fourth quarter.

Peachs
Peachs

@gojackets63 they were telling Tech to shut it down after Thursday, against a better team than was on the field Saturday against the dawgs.  At least we showed up, and may the dawgs did too..

jp1990
jp1990

I am tired of waiting for you to understand college football. Tenn. 

will win next weekend in a cakewalk.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Tennessee will be us by 30.  This team is garbage.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@Big Wally 

Damn Wally you too! Never figured you would cave to the RichtNation Crowd. But Garbage,sure Smart and the Dogs have plenty of work to do this week and they will be a heavy home underdog this week, but the amount of bandwagon jumping is startling.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Garbage?........I have and would never refer to a Tech team as garbage.....You are a garbage fan.