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Big Orange Roundtable: UAB Week

Big Orange Roundtable

Big Orange Roundtable: Week 10

It was supposed to be my turn to host the continuing Roundtable over at my old site (The View From The Hill), but obviously I'm no longer there. Nevertheless, I'm sticking to my repsonsibility and I'm just running it from my not-so-new place here at Gate 21.

I'll try not to complain about not having a bad week - with "mighty" UAB coming up after a bye week...after a loss to a middling Pac-10 team...on national TV... - and just do my job: ask some questions, answer them, and hope the rest of the Roundtable members remember (I have faith they will).

Alright, here's my trio of questions...

(1) So we're all still pissed off from losing to a UCLA team we would without a doubt beat at worst eight times out of 10, and now a pretty bad UAB team comes to Knoxville before the epic showdown with Florida and the rest of the SEC gauntlet - the deep breath before the plunge, if you will. What I simply want to know is what do YOU want to see from the Vols this Saturday?

First and foremost, nobody gets hurt. We're an untimely injury at a couple of different positions away from being in some hot water before getting into the SEC. We're gonna need to be as healthy as possible to avoid disaster.

Offensively, I just want to see better execution. For example, how about we give the ball to Arian Foster and Montario Hardesty oh, say, about 40+ times, or until we're up comfortably? Don't even use the G-Gun - save it for Florida. I wouldn't care how "vanilla" the playcalling is - Tennessee should be able to just run over, through, and around UAB (For a brief look at UAB, click here and scroll down...to the very bottom)

For Jonathan Crompton, just give Tennessee fans some hope that you're gonna be able to get it done...as in not one-hopping balls to wide-open receivers and pretending to be throwing to Yao Ming.

Defensively, some adjustments in case UAB starts moving the ball against the Vols (they shouldn't). UAB shouldn't score double-digits on offense and a shutout would be nice. Like Crompton, just give the fans some hope that stopping the Gates is possible.

All this said, I expect a boring game where we play around with the Blazers for a little while before finally pulling away. We hardly blow any non-Sun Belt people away anymore, and though UAB lost to a Sun Belt team last week, we'll probably "take it easy" on them.

(2) Flashback to Saturday night in Gainesville: up 23-3, Florida gets a good punt return by Brandon James inside the Miami 20. With 1:56 left, Urban Meyer sends Tim Tebow back in, and, after a screen pass, a throw into the endzone, and a lost-yardage run, Florida kicks a sand-in-the-face field goal with :25 left, prompting a death stare from Cane coach Randy Shannon and eventually a "handshake" at midfield after the game. Thoughts?

I hope to see some interesting answers for this one (or at least better than mine). Some say he had no other choice. Other use the "BCS Beauty Pageant" argument as if beating Miami 26-3 instead of 23-3 will make that much more of a difference in determining Florida's postseason fate. Yet others say it was for the south Florida/Miami-area recruits who were in attendance - yeah not sure that is workin' for ya, Urban. And finally some say he did it for the betting Gators (the kick covered the spread).

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="203" caption="Miami coach Randy Shannon clearly wanted to slug Urban Meyer for that late field goal...he should have"][/caption]

I'll say two things about this: first, say what you want but Urban ran it up on Tennessee last year, though fortunately I was out of the Swamp when he was doing it. That doesn't really sit well with me and I'm sure our coaches and players remember. I'm not a fan of running it up unnecessarily. Now if you're scoring with your backups that's one thing, but when you put your starters in up 20 and try to score, that's egotistical and annoying.

Secondly, this will backfire on him soon enough - it has to. Someone really important to the Gates will get hurt and people will unleash on him a la Mike Shula with Tyrone Prothro in 2005 (though hopefully nothing that awful happens to anybody).

(3) And finally, a question that I'm not sure has been so directly asked in the course of the Roundtable, but one that needs answering: the "woo" in Rocky Top...do you "woo" and why do/don't you "woo"?

I pretty much never "woo" simply because I just don't like it. Me "woo"ing is like an eclipse - it's just not something I do. As for why, I just don't like the addition. It takes away from the beautiful song that is Rocky Top. It seems too sorority girl-ish, though I'm all about the sorority girls...well, uh, some of them. I have no idea how or when it started, but whoever thought it was cool probably wasn't.

I will say this about the "woo": fans from other SEC schools hate the song, and if the "woo" was originally meant to be even more annoying, then it was good idea. But I sincerely doubt that's the case...

As the Roundtable goes, as the other Vol blogs respond to my lousy questions, check back and I'll have them linked: - Third Saturday in Blogtober - SESB - YMSWWC - MoonDog Sports - NEW MEMBER!! Curveballs for Jesus - Losers With Socks


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