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Tennessee football uniforms have a special sticker on the helmet

The University of Tennessee athletic family is still mourning the passing of women’s basketball legend Pat Summitt. The football team will wear a commemorative sticker on its helmets in her honor during the 2016 season.

The school tweeted out a video of what the Vols will wear this season with coach Butch Jones acknowledging what Summitt meant to the entire university.

 

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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Tennessee Volunteers Betting Odds, Football Pick

 

Even after coming up short against a double-digit spread in its season opener, Tennessee is still 8-6 against the spread in that spot under head coach Butch Jones. The Volunteers are heavily favored again for Saturday night’s battle against Virginia Tech inside the oval at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

Point spread: Volunteers opened as nine-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).

College football pick, via Odds Shark computer: 32.4-22.6 Volunteers (college football picks on every game)

Why the Virginia Tech Hokies can cover the spread

In its first game since longtime head coach Frank Beamer’s retirement, Virginia Tech defeated Liberty last Saturday 36-13. The Hokies actually trailed the Flames early in the second quarter 13-10 but scored the final 26 points of the game to secure new coach Justin Fuente’s first victory with the program. For the day, Virginia Tech outgained Liberty 458-160, running the ball for 206 yards while throwing it for 252.

New starting quarterback Jerod Evans, a junior college transfer making his first Division I start for the Hokies, completed 20 of 32 passes, including four touchdowns, without an interception. Meanwhile, the Virginia Tech defense limited the Flames to just two conversions out of 15 third-down situations.

The Hokies are the third choice on most ACC Coastal Division betting boards, but they do have 15 starters back from last year.

Why the Tennessee Volunteers can cover the spread

It wasn’t pretty, but Tennessee opened its season with a 20-13 overtime victory over Appalachian State last Thursday. The Vols trailed the Mountaineers at the half 13-3 but tied the game on a 67-yard Josh Dobbs-to-Josh Malone scoring strike with 10 minutes to go, then won it with a touchdown and a defensive stop in the first overtime.

Tennessee came up empty against the spread as a 21-point favorite, but in retrospect, that line was way out of whack, mainly because Appalachian State is actually a pretty good outfit.

On the night, Dobbs connected on 16 of his 29 throws for 192 yards and that one score, while Vols running back Jalen Hurd ran for 110 yards and recovered a Dobbs fumble in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Meanwhile, the Tennessee defense allowed just 292 total yards and held the Mountaineers to just a 3-of-13 conversion rate on third down.

The Volunteers may have struggled in their opener, but they’re still the betting favorite to win the SEC East this season.

Smart pick

Bristol is 110 miles from Knoxville and only 125 miles from Blacksburg, so perhaps the crowd, which could reach 150,000, will split more evenly than a first glance suggests. Also, the Vols are playing under some pressure this season with heightened expectations, and that can be tough to do, as their financial backers found out last week.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech might relish the role of the underdog. The smart money here hangs with the Hokies.

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SEC Week 1 panic meter: Tennessee, LSU nervous

To be clear, what you’re about to read is not power rankings. You can find that elsewhere on the blog.

Instead, this is about how each program should be feeling after Week 1. This is about expectations and whether or not they’re being met.

This is about panic and whether your team should be sweating it right now.

IT’S ALL GOOD

Alabama: A 46-point win against a ranked opponent? Nice start.

Texas A&M: Is the Wrecking Crew back? That’s to be determined, but the Aggies are off to a nice start and it’s hard not to like the poise Trevor Knight showed at quarterback.

CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC

South Carolina: It wasn’t pretty, but with that roster, a win is a win, especially on the road. Will Muschamp gets started on the right foot.

Georgia: The good news is Nick Chubb is definitely back and Jacob Eason is definitely the quarterback moving forward. That defense needs a little work, though.

Florida: How was it a 10-7 game in the fourth quarter? Against UMass? C’mon. A strong finish was nice, and two touchdowns and no interceptions by Luke Del Rio is promising.

Ole Miss: It’s important to remember that outside of Alabama, the Rebels won’t face a team as good as Florida State. Blowing a 22-point lead was tough to swallow, of course, but there are some parts to like, including a dangerous passing game and disruptive defensive line.

SLIGHT DREAD

Arkansas: Louisiana Tech isn’t a doormat, but Arkansas had no business trailing that team in the fourth quarter at home. Austin Allen needs to do a better job of taking care of the football.

Auburn: They say if you have two quarterbacks, you have none. Well, if you have three, I don’t know what you are. Gus Malzahn got too cute against Clemson and shouldn’t be too pleased with a close loss to the Tigers.

Vanderbilt: Derek Mason continues to waste a strong defense by mismanaging his quarterback. To make a bowl game, the Commodores had to beat South Carolina at home and couldn’t.

Missouri: A loss at West Virginia shouldn’t come as a tremendous surprise, but it wasn’t the start to the Barry Odom era that the Tigers hoped for. When you rack up 462 total yards, you expect more than 11 points.

OUTRIGHT PANIC

Tennessee: This is about grading on a curve. The Volunteers were supposed to win the East and instead needed overtime to beat Sun Belt opponent Appalachian State at home. That even required some luck thanks to Jalen Hurd’s fumble recovery and a shaky kicker on the opposing sideline.

LSU: It took 48 hours for the first story on Les Miles’ buyout to appear. But that’s what happens when you’re supposed to challenge to make the playoff and instead lose to unranked Wisconsin. It’s what happens when the feel-good narrative of a new Brandon Harris and a new offense folds in on itself like a paper tiger.

 

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Tennessee Volunteers win 20-13 in OT vs Mountaineers - Game stats and thoughts

The game went from expected Tennessee blow-out to collective sighs of relief on a fumble recovery. There were several issues identified–and exploited–by the Appalachian State Mountaineers in the opening game. However, with the game on the line late, the Volunteers made more plays than they missed. A definite improvement over last season.

Tennessee vs. Appalachian State game stats
Score – Tennessee 20-13,

First Downs – App State 19-17

Pass 1st dwn – Tenn 10-7

Rush 1st dwn – App State 10-9

3rd dwn efficiency – App State 3-13 (23%) – Tenn 7-16 (44%)

4th dwn efficiency – App State 1-2 (50%) – Tenn 0-0

Total Yards – App State 292 – Tenn 319

Yards per play – App State 4.4 – Tenn 4.3

Pass compl – attempt – App State 15-23 – Tenn 16-29

Yards per compl – App State 7.2 – Tenn 13.2

Sacked – App State 0-0 – Tenn 2-19

Rushing – App State 184 – Tenn 127

Carries – App State 43 – Tenn 43

Yds per Carry – App State 4.3 – Tenn 3.0

Turnovers – App State 1 – Tenn 2

What happened to Tennessee’s offense?
In 2015, the Volunteers averaged 224 yards per game rushing, 199 passing and 422 overall. These numbers were achieved even though they played against defenses like Alabama, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, Vandy, etc. As a group, the Vols lined up opposite many of the best defenses in college #Football.

The Vols return nine of 11 starters from the 2015 team. With the Mountaineers being their first opponent, fans expected Tennessee to show off a superior ground and pound game. No need showing all the wrinkles off to upcoming opponents. Just keep it vanilla and pound the lesser mid major into submission.

As happens in football from time to time, the supposed sacrificial lamb started kicking and screaming and didn’t play to the script. The Mountaineer defense bowed their backs and held the Vols rushing attack to just 127 total yards. To put it into perspective, Oklahoma held the Vols to 129 rushing yards in the opening game last year. Only Arkansas (133 yards) and Alabama (132 yards) held the Vols under 155 yards rushing all year.

The offensive line replaced three starters–LT Kyler Kirbyson, LG Marcus Jackson and center Mack Crowder–but the replacements are all players with significant game time and starts. However, the Mountaineer defense was more physical and stymied the run game all night. In addition, they had two sacks and harried Dobbs when he went back to pass all night.

For three quarters the Vols attempted to keep Dobbs in the pocket for the most part. It wasn’t until later in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, that they allowed him to scramble out and attempt to make plays with his legs. It worked but it almost came too late.

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Battle at Bristol deepens the connection for football, NASCAR

Hard-core college football fans may not think they know anything about NASCAR. NASCAR fans can sometimes be a little sensitive when it comes to embracing “stick-and-ball” sports. But the reality is that no two big league sports are more interwoven than football and racing. And it is way more than just that they both wear helmets and have officials who throw yellow flags. So, leave it up to those of us who love both (and cover both) to use Saturday night’s Battle at Bristol (Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m. ET on ABC) as an opportunity to educate both sides on…um…both sides of the connection.

Andy Papathanassiou: Known to most as Andy Papa, he played offensive guard at Stanford and shortly after graduation was introduced to NASCAR at the nearby Sonoma Raceway. In 1992 he was hired by Hendrick Motorsports (the Alabama Crimson Tide of racing) as the sport’s first-ever team pit-crew coordinator. Employing football-based physical training regimens and drills, Papa oversaw Jeff Gordon’s revolutionary “Rainbow Warriors” pit crew and dramatically shaved the time the car spent on pit road. As Gordon dominated the sport, rival teams who had initially laughed at Papa’s gridiron methods for changing tires started copying his ideas.

Brian Piccolo: Bowman Gray Stadium, also known as “The Madhouse” is located in eastern Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It houses both a quarter-mile asphalt short track and a college football field, home of the Winston-Salem State Rams. The top floor of the fieldhouse is also home to WSSU’s motorsports management school. The racetrack was co-opened by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. in 1947 and has hosted NASCAR races since 1949, the longest run of any weekly track. That tally includes 29 Sprint Cup (then Grand National) Series races, won by legends such as Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison. From 1956-67 it served as the home field for Wake Forest Demon Deacons football, including Brian Piccolo of “Brian’s Song” fame. In fall 1964, Junior Johnson won on the racetrack while Piccolo rushed for a then-stadium-record 140 yards vs. South Carolina.

Cale Yarborough: Before he was a four-time Daytona 500 winner, the fire hydrant known as Cale Yarborough was a high school football star in Timmonsville, South Carolina, and earned a scholarship to play for Clemson. Upon arrival to his first training camp with the Tigers, Yarborough informed legendary coach Frank Howard that he needed to go back home in order to run one last race and secure his local short-track championship. (In a twist, that career began on Sumter, South Carolina’s Gamecock Speedway.) Howard was having none of that. “He told me if I went home to run that race to go on and pack all my stuff because I wasn’t coming back to Clemson,” Yarborough recalled last week at the Darlington Raceway. “So I packed and left. He kept calling me after that. Finally, I said, ‘I did what you told me to do, so now I’m going to be a race car driver.’ He said, ‘Son, you’re gonna starve to death.'” Yarborough won 83 races, three Winston Cup championships and was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.

Daytona: When NASCAR founder and chairman Bill France Sr. built the Daytona International Speedway in 1959, he also envisioned hosting other nonmotorsports events at his new show palace. There have been four college games played on the grass that separates the front stretch from pit road, the grass that Daytona 500 viewers are used to seeing painted with big corporate logos during the Great American Race. Those games, hosted by the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, were played in 1974-75. Ever since the speedway maintenance crews have referred to that area as “the football field.” Just this year Daytona unveiled a $400 million facilities makeover to become what track officials like to call the first NASCAR “stadium.” Track president and uber-promoter Joie Chitwood III (yes, of the Chitwood Thrill Show Chitwoods) has floated the idea of hosting a college game, or even inviting the Jacksonville Jaguars to bring a game down I-95.

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