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I think D-Rob is who he is. A good WR, but not the 5 star hype he was made out to be by pundits (which is not his fault). Still, good to have him on the roster. Has improved his downfield blocking and effective in short crossing routes from slot.
Time will tell. Nix's mechanics should improve under Bobo and Harsin. Bobo loves Pro-style play action and QB's under his direct tutelage have generally done well. Bobo will spray it around the field and go deep while running the ball ....balance...but will open up the offense. This should fit Nix's natural skill skill set as the article eluded. I discount criticism of Bobo's one year at USCe. USCe defense was pretty bad and playing catchup means taking chances...like the TN/USCe game last year. The gimpy QB transfer was out of his league as was the rest of USCe team. Hard to make lemonade when the lemons are rotten. Auburn has more talent but has 4 brutal games on the schedule with Bama, UGA, LSU and TAMU. Should be fun to see how Auburn develops. Hope Auburn at least takes care of Penn State. Applaud them for scheduling this game.
ESPN vs SEC Network??? I actually like watching both. But I gravitate more to the SEC Network. There are two leagues in college football: The SEC and all others. It does mean more in the south. The recent SDS article captures "the SEC" - please read: "How New England-raised Ryen Russillo became an SEC evangelist". However, the SEC is, by far, the best league in North American sports. The only other league globally that can merit any comparison in terms of die hard fans, electricity, energy, live and die with each game, year round obsession, game atmosphere ...and it "just means more" status is the English Premier League. Those diehards are truly nuts ... and I "get it". At the Notre Dame/UGA game a couple of seasons ago in Athens, two Notre Dame alum (both late thirties) were sitting behind us. One from Arizona, the other from California - they travel to all the the big ND games. They knew the atmosphere would be electric, but even they admitted that it was beyond expectation.... This was not USC/ND or MIchigan State, ND. They were blown away by entirety of the event...the tailgating, Athens itself, the energy in the stadium. and finally, when the 4th Quarter "light show" made it's debut, they both said "No Mas". They both stated that the SEC is just on another level.
Mister2bits - many great points made. Regarding Kirby, it seems the media are the ones driving the narrative of NT or Bust because they need some sort of schtick on each program. As for the Gators...Emory Jones is very capable, it's losing the TE and receivers. Defense will be interesting to watch but Gators are always very athletic. I'm not buying too much of a drop off. Gators do have Bama this year. Coin toss at LSU and the the cocktail party where UGA should be a slight favorite.
Last season, those SEC refs helped win a couple of games for Auburn. Unbelievable fortune. With that said, Gus should do well at UCF. I just don't see him as a great fit at TN. He will probably enjoy UCF ...talent rich state, no Auburn admin to deal with, no constant SEC pressure, no Bama in the same state. Sure there is FL, FSU and Miami...but all are in different conferences and the AUB/Bama rivalry and conference dynamic is unique.
Orgeron assembled the staff...his leadership. No question, it's his NT!
LSU and UGA are in great shape. Love both these programs. LSU might not win the west with Bama reaching dynasty status...but never count them out. Critical Games: Bama, TAMU, Gators ...and nod to ole miss. LSU could go 11-1, 10-2...really think it's a bounce back year. As for UGA, just keep kicking on the door. Great returning roster but rebuilding the secondary with talented prospects With respect to our opponents, very weird year in that AUB, VDY, TN, USCe are hitting the reset button,..MIZ and KY should both be good..but not great...GT is in a major rebuild. Gators lost a lot of talent, but who knows if this is a slight rebuild year or reload. Critical games: Clemson, Florida and SEC title game. Could go 12-0 to 10-2 on paper. The fighting Saban's are still the team to beat.
Somewhere, Albert Means and Mike DuBose are laughing at Phil right now.
rebel4ever. Tennessee has boxed itself in a corner in terms of attracting a "current elite" coach with the circus and looming NCAA sanctions.
True, Volzdeep22. Time will tell , but on paper, Steele at DC and Heupel focused on offense given Tennessee's circumstances doesn't look bad. Patience will be needed as the program gets sorted the next few seasons with looming NCAA sanctions.
King, serious dude, love your enthusiasm but I'd hold off on the trash until we actually beat Bama. Saban is the GOAT and he will have a competent staff and players. My take, Bama, Clemson, Oklahoma are the three favorites going into next year. Next level in no particular order includes Ohio State, UGA, Gators, TAMU, Notre Dame... Every team will have talented new faces and there is always a surprise win and loss that will derail a title chase. LSU started playing extremely well last year, so let's see what they got. Miami seems to be getting better but seem to be like Mark Richts last few years in that they look bad against top 10 teams, but win games they are supposed to win.
King, serious dude, love your enthusiasm but I'd hold off on the trash until we actually beat Bama. Saban is the GOAT and he will have a competent staff and players. My take, Bama, Clemson, Oklahoma are the three favorites going into next year. Next level in no particular order includes Ohio State, UGA, Gators, TAMU, Notre Dame... Every team will have talented new faces and there is always a surprise win and loss that will derail a title chase. LSU started playing extremely well last year, so let's see what they got. Miami seems to be getting better but seem to be like Mark Richts last few years in that they look bad against top 10 teams, but win games they are supposed to win.
LOL, Vol1. At least we are a relevant top 10 if not top 5 program. Even our "dark" years under Goff with those 6-5 records and the rebuild under Donnan were much better than the last 12 years in Knoxville. It's painful to go through. However, I think UT is a great job...but these next few years will be tough. In the meantime, UGA will be playing for SEC East, SEC, NY6 and hopefully, National titles. Vols will be relevant again, but it will be a few years.
Somewhere, Mike DuBose and Albert Means are smiling. Fulmer out, cheating scandal, and the potential for serious sanctions = Karma
Calm down, Sparky! LOL! You are probably right about UGA next up. However, we appreciate UF and UTK buying us time from the NCAA to bury the bodies!
Pruitt improved out defense at UGA. No doubt, a very good D- coordinator.
Can't win big games? I guess the Vols are not a big game! Maybe can't beat Bama is more like it ... but that's very hard to do for any team. ...and by the way, a great debate. Which team was better - LSU 2019 or Bama 2020. My gosh, both just incredible teams. Maybe one day that Natty will come to Athens!
As a UGA fan, I certainly respect what UK has done on the gridiron. Hard hitting and well coached. A team you better focus on. Repped the SEC well in the Gator Bowl.
Agree - LSU and UTK will both be back. I could see LSU top 10 next year depending on the TAMU game.
Smell the Glove... agree, but Kirby is not recruiting based on the early 1980's and believe me, that's a good thing. UGA has been a very good consistent program during Richt and Kirby's years. And while the Vols were a pretty dang good in the early 2000's - it's been mediocre as a whole this century. Since 2000 (Richt's first year) Head to head - UGA is 15-6 against Tennessee. SEC East Titles: UGA 8 - Vols 3 (last one in 2007) SEC Titles: UGA 3 - Vols 0 For today's 18 year old - UGA is a top 10 if not top 5 program. UTK will be back and win big one day. Down cycles can happen. Despite these last 10 years, UTK is a big time program that currently can't get out of it's own way.
DieselNova - agree, Tennessee will have to do their NCAA jail time first. These things go in cycles.
UTK is a dumpster fire ... but this too shall pass. Things go in cycles. Great state, good university, facilities, campus improvements, etc. While UTK has been its own worse enemy, things can change. Leadership and recruiting ...sounds easy!
It will be interesting to see who leads the Vols for the next 3 years or so.
For a moment, thought Cade Mays was transferring ...again.
Biggie - so glad that Fromm and Stetson showed out better than Justin Fields did against Bama. Kirby wanted JF to stay. Fields saw playing time at Ohio State. Fromm was better than Kelley Bryant at Clemson and seeing his recruiting rival playing was hard for Fields. It is what it is. We were just as good or better off with Fromm.