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Posted: Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 8:01 AM • Permalink
Thank you for the incredible response for our Second Annual Tailgate For The Kids. Yes!!! This is going to be an annual event as long as I'm kicking around in these parts. It's a bunch of work to put this together, but it's well worth it. I want to thank EVERYBODY that reads this and listens to the show and has spread the word on our event. It's awesome to see this come to life.

Here are the particulars: Amachi Knoxville Tailgate Tomorrow @ Circle Park Our Location is W-27 & W-28 Tailgate Begins @ 9AM You're Invited To Come See This Wonderful Event!

Special thanks to my lovely wife Laura for helping to organize this and keep me on task.

Also, Amachi Knoxville is looking for men and women to mentor boys and girls of incarcerated parents.

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Orange Throat is up next as we prepare for UMASS. Get your game face on!!!

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Random musings as once again we attempt to rinse out the bitter taste of an avoidable loss to Florida and look forward:

BUTCH THE BUTCHER: He carves up opportunities to take the upper hand in big games and he makes such a mess of explanations, it's almost as painful as watching the poor coaching in real time in the first place. The sheepy local media let him off the hook on the fateful First and 12 (inches) in the third quarter as he blamed Quinten Dormady for checking to a pass. The only thing we're blaming "Q" for is not checking to a snap under center and a sneak.

BUTCH BOTCHED THE EXPLANATION of the last play of the game by saying the UT staff didn't have enough DBs to play a "dime" coverage. Really?

ON TO THE FUTURE. Shoop's defense may give up some yards tomorrow but hard to see this being a tough game. It will be interesting to see what happens at quarterback. Dormady's shaky performance at Florida opens the door for Guarantano to still win this job but the New Jersey redshirt freshman isn't showing a lot of maturity so far. John Kelly badly needs a light workload in this game and Ty Chandler needs to have a big day, plus the young Vol receivers need to be dominant.

GEORGIA LOOKS MUCH IMPROVED on defense so it is important that the Tennessee offense grow tomorrow and have a great showing.

FOR AMUSEMENT ONLY (3-3 Last Week, 6-9 Overall ATS): Bob Shoop's crack prevent defense prevented us from a 4-2 week because we picked the Vols +5.

Mississippi State (48.5) at GEORGIA -5.5: Very interesting game for Vol fans. State HC Dan Mullen is the flavor of the week for all SEC fans who want their current head coach fired, coming off his Bulldogs' bludgeoning of LSU. Georgia, of course, is Tennessee's next opponent. We're tempted to take the road dog here but will instead bet on both defensive units and take the Under.

FLORIDA -2.5 at Kentucky (44): Gator fans aren't in love with their program under HC Jim McElwain, even with his mastery of Butch Jones. The Wildcats beat the Gators about as often as a Jones-coached team runs a QB sneak inside the one. Kentucky was a more inviting pick at the opening price of -4 but we'll stick go with the Cats at home.

AUBURN -18.5 at Missouri (55.5): Auburn has a good football team. Mizzou does not. We'll take the Plainsmen and lay the three touchdowns.

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ALABAMA -18.5 at Vandy (43): The Commodores are full of themselves right now, and rightfully so. Tide fans are fretting about their defense because they gave up 23 to Colorado State. Yes, you read this correctly. Alabama is worried about its defense. That's like us worrying if Roget will get enough to eat at a Basilio restaurant remote. We'll take the Under, based on the belief the Red Elephant defense will have something to prove.

Syracuse (55) at LSU -23.5: Syracuse is a bad football program. Ed Orgeron is already in some trouble in Baton Rouge after the State beatdown. He needs a smashing win to cool the Cajuns, at least momentarily. Lay the points.

UMass (61.5) at Tennessee -28: The Minutemen aren't any good but they do have a good quarterback who throws for a lot of yards. That might point toward an Over game but we're not in love with this UT offense under QB Quinten Dormady or the coaching he is getting from Mike Canales. It will be interesting to see how much playing time Jarrett Guarantano gets. We're hearing there is concern inside the coaching staff about Dormady but Guarantano has not responded well since he lost the starting job. It all might add up to another disjointed offensive performance by the Vols and much more John Kelly than we'd like to see. We'll go with the Under.

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Throaty...Love the alliteration Butch Botched. Say that quickly 10 x's. I'll bet Feleipe Franks can complete a pass from 63 yards before you could say Butch Botched, Butch Botched, Butch Botched, Butch Botched and Butch Botched.

Onto The Future....That Georgia game is looking like an absolute monster for the Vols. Georgia is very good on defense and probably good enough on offense. Mark Schlabach called Georgia's defense the best they've had in a decade there on my show yesterday. We'll see because Tennessee has A LOT of offense. And I mean A LOT!!! Then again, Tennessee's defense is just bad enough to get run over next week. 8 days out that game has the look of the Florida game. Two teams missing a little something. Then again, isn't that the entire SEC East?

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'Massachusetts (0-4) at Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 SEC)

Another bye week game. UMass is terrible. They might not win a game all season. Like Indiana St., this game is at a good spot on the schedule. Starters can take the 2nd half off, and younger players can see some extended playing time. John Kelly doesnít need more than 10-12 touches. Ty Chandler doesnít need more than 15 touches.

Jarrett Guarantano needs some snaps with the first-team offense. This would be the perfect time to install a goal-line package with Guarantano at quarterback. Tennesseeís red zone problems existed before Saturday. The Florida game just magnified them. Since itís a scheme issue that keeps John Kelly from getting the ball inside the 5-yard line, why not insert Guarantano into the game so thereís a running threat? It could even open up the passing game.

Of course, I can see Butch making the offense go under center every time they get inside the 10-yard line on Saturday, just because he can. I still chuckle thinking of Quinten Dormady going under center the first offensive play of the season in Atlanta. A sign of things to come? Of course not.

Defensively, Iíd like to see the front four get pressure on UMass quarterback Andrew Ford. The Minutemen have given up 23 sacks in four games. Maybe Jonathan Kongbo can get his first sack of the season.

It was evident in the Florida game that Bob Shoop didnít think the front four can generate enough pressure on Feleipe Franks, so he blitzed a lot on passing downs with linebackers. Other teams (Georgia, South Carolina, etc.) will pick up this and look to exploit this going forward now that itís on film. Kongbo, Darrell Taylor, Kyle Phillips and the interior linemen need to get off blocks better and get in the backfield.

Could Shaq Wiggins make an appearance before the game is out of hand?

Prediction: Tennessee

Around The SEC:

No. 17 Mississippi St. (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 11 Georgia (3-0) The biggest game of the weekend in the SEC. Mississippi St. is coming off a 37-7 beatdown of LSU. Itíll be interesting to see how they respond after such an emotional win. Georgia is the favorite to win a very average SEC East, but a loss on Saturday keeps the door open for a school like Tennessee to stay alive in the division race. Georgia still needs to figure its offense out. Jake Fromm is the quarterback for now, but what happens when Jacob Eason gets healthy? The Bulldogs can lean on Nick Chubb and Sony Michel until then, but Saturday will be the toughest test to date for Georgia this year. Nick Fitzgerald is the best quarterback in the SEC, so the Bulldogs will have a puncherís chance in every game this year. I want to pick Mississippi St., but itíll be really difficult for Dan Mullen to have his team clicking on all cylinders two weeks in a row.
Prediction: Georgia

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No. 20 Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) at Kentucky (3-0, 1-0 SEC) This could be the biggest win for the Wildcats since beating No. 1 LSU in 2007. Tennesseeís 11-game losing streak to Florida seemed like a lifetime. Kentucky has lost to the Gators 30 consecutive years. I canít imagine. Floridaís offense canít score, so the Wildcats certainly have a chance. I expect Commonwealth Stadium to be jam-packed and rowdy (for a Kentucky home game), but in the end, I canít imagine the Gators losing at Kroger Field.
Prediction: Florida

No. 1 Alabama (3-0) at Vanderbilt (3-0) I actually think Vandy is a bad matchup for Alabama. Now, the Commodores have almost no chance of winning this game, but they could pose a lot of problems for the Crimson Tide. Vandyís defense is good enough to keep this a low-scoring game. Kyle Shurmur and the Vandy passing game has looked good through three games, and Alabama's biggest weakness on defense in recent years has been in the secondary. It wouldnít shock me to see the Crimson Tide come out and take care of business and leave Nashville with a 38-3 victory, but I think Derek Masonís bunch keeps this game close for at least the first half.
Prediction: Alabama

Texas A&M vs (2-1) vs Arkansas (1-1) Kevin Sumlin and Bret Bielema both desperately need to win this game. Sumlin probably a little more so. The Aggies blew Arkansas out 45-24 last year in Jerryís World. The Razorbacks are wearing Dallas Cowboys replica jerseys in school colors that look really good. If they win, they should wear them going forward. A&M is struggling offensively. Redshirt freshman quarterback Kellen Mond is very much a work in progress. Arkansas simply doesnít have enough quality SEC players to compete in this league. Austin Allen is a solid quarterback, and freshman running back Chase Hayden leads the team in rushing and will be very good, but overall, Bielema hasnít recruited enough talent to get over the hump.
Prediction: Texas A&M

No. 15 Auburn (2-1) at Missouri (1-2, 0-1 SEC) Can Auburnís offense get going against Mizzouís defense? Gus Malzahnís team has looked very sloppy offensively through three games, but I still think they have a nice season. Jarrett Stidham is very talented, and Kamryn Pettway is a very good running back. Auburn has its defense to fall back on. Missouri is a complete dumpster fire. Barry Odom is in his 2nd year in Columbia, but heís just 5-10 through 15 games. The Tigers have the worst defense in the league, and last week at home against Big 10 bottom-feeder Purdue, lost 35-3. Auburn should win this game comfortably. For you gambling degenerates, the over/under on this game is 60, and I have a hard time believing itíll get close to that.
Prediction: Auburn

Syracuse (2-1) at No. 25 LSU (2-1, 0-1 SEC) The Tigers are coming off a disappointing outing in Starkville. Running back Derrius Guice is out for this game. Danny Etling has improved at quarterback, but heís still nowhere near good enough for the Tigers to compete for an SEC title. Syracuse has a very good dual-threat quarterback in Eric Dungey. He will make a few plays on the LSU defense, but other than wide receiver Steve Ishmael, Dungey is the Orangeís only offensive weapon. Dino Babers is in 2nd year with Syracuse. I was impressed with his Bowling Green team when they played Tennessee in Nashville to open the 2015 season. Babers led Syracuse to a 4-8 record last year, but they did upset Virginia Tech. They also scored 61 points in the season finale at Pittsburgh, and LOST by 15. LSU should win this game by three touchdowns, but a hangover after the Mississippi St. could be a sign of bigger problems for Ed Orgeronís squad.
Prediction: LSU

Louisiana Tech (2-1) at South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) How will the Gamecocks respond after a home loss to Kentucky? They are also dealing with star wide receiver Deebo Samuel being out of the season with a broken leg. Louisiana Tech lost to Mississippi St. 57-21 two weeks ago, so the Gamecocks should handle them fairly well. Finding another offensive weapon to pair with Jake Bentley is the Gamecocks biggest concern going foward. Without Deebo Samuel, the Oct. 14 game in Neyland looks a lot more winnable for Tennessee.
Prediction: South Carolina

SEC Coaches Power Rankings: Nick Saban Dan Mullen Jim McElwain Gus Malzahn Kirby Smart Butch Jones Bret Bielema Will Muschamp Kevin Sumlin Derek Mason Mark Stoops Ed Orgeron Barry Odom Matt Luke

One and two are no-brainers for me. I didnít want to put McElwain and Malzahn at three and four, but thereís nobody better. If Hugh Freeze was still at Ole Miss, heíd probably be No. 3. Same for Mark Richt if he was still at Georgia. Smart, Jones and Bielema are essentially interchangeable at 5-7. I put Smart ahead of the other two because I know Butch and Bret will never win an SEC title and thereís a chance Smart could. Muschamp, Sumlin, Mason and Stoops are all four about equal.

If youíre going to the game on Saturday, I hope you stop by the Amachi tailgate. My family and I will be there at W-27 & W-28 in Circle Park. My dad and I went to it last year, and it was incredible. What Tony and others are doing for those kids is amazing.

Go Vols,

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Matt!!! Love that report!!! Great stuff by you!!! You took my cue from yesterday with that coaches list. If I had to rank the top five SEC Coaches it's Saban, Mullen and I'm abstaining from the rest of the exercise. And btw, Butch Jones could be in the top five or six in this league.

In The Pocket from MyVLT is the breakout local hit of the fall. We had a terrific show Wednesday night. I wanted to share this with you here. I love the cast of that program. Lot's of fun. Link

Tony's Totals: Passing Yds UMASS: 250 Rushing Yds Vols: 280 Passing Yds Vols: 200 Touches J Kelly: 17 TD Passes UT: 2.5 Rushing TD's UT: 2.5 Quarters Dormady: 2.2 Quarters Guarantano: 2.0 Int's UT Defense: 2.5 # of Amachi Tailgate Kids LeRoy's Section: 120 Defensive TD's UT: .5 Special Teams TD's UT: .5 UT Made FG's: 2 UT Missed FG's: .5 Total Attendance: 80,000 Time Of Game: 3:10

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Mercifully, Tennessee gets back in the field tomorrow against UMASS. It imperative the program move past the Florida disaster.

1. The main question to be answered tomorrow is how Butch Jones handles Jarrett Guarantano. The talented young quarterback has to get some reps.

2. The size and enthusiasm of the crowd will be telling. Vol fans seem to be poised to jump ship.

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3. Utah heads to Tucson for a matchup with an Arizona team desperate for a quality win. Rich Rodriguez has to win one of these to keep his job.

4. Arkansas and Texas A&M renew what has been a fun series of late. The loser faces some serious soul searching.

5. Vanderbilt has a chance to grab what could be the biggest win in school history against Alabama. My guess is that the Tide will extinguish the Commodore enthusiasm quickly.

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6. Oklahoma State faces TCU in Stillwater. This is the first major test for the Cowboys, who harbor playoff aspirations.

7. USC travels to Berkeley to face surprising Cal. We'll find out if Justin Wilcox and Company are for real.

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8. Kentucky gets an opportunity to announce themselves as a contender in the SEC East. They'll have to exorcise their Florida demons to do so.

9. Mississippi State tries to back up their huge win against LSU against Georgia. The winner will find themselves in position to do serious damage going forward.

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Jack Tate, Your Movie King, Presented by Smoothie King is having computer troubles this week. Therefore he's brief in this space today.

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American Assassin has a very dramatic start, then after a so-so first hour, finishes with great action (lots of CGI). Dylan O'Brien of TV's Teen Wolf and cinema's The Maze Runner, stars as Mitch Rapp, a young American bent on revenge after the senseless murder of his fiancťe.

It took me until the second hour to root for his character. Michael Keaton plays Mitch Rapp's not so likable mentor. I didn't believe Taylor Kitsch in the role of the villain. He was much better in Savages and the TV version of Friday Night Lights.

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American Assassin is high on action and violence, a little weak on the overall story.

Today's Opener - Kingsman: The Golden Circle looks to be the best option for this weekend!

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Jack....Love the brevity today. I could learn a lot from this. You were very economical today. It left me wanting more.

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Really surprising the LA Rams are having trouble attracting fans in the City of Angels. Those uniforms were SO attractive last night. They looked like jars of mustard.

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