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Keys to the Game: LSU at Tennessee

Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:35 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 11:36 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

LSU WILL WIN IF: They do anything other than take careful aim at their own foot and blow it off. We've seen enough of both of these teams by now to know that down-to-down, play-to-play, drive-to-drive, the Tigers are the far superior team--especially considering the gigantic advantage LSU has in the running department, where Tennessee is the only team in the SEC averaging less than 100 yards per game. The only way LSU loses to the Vols is if the game becomes less about who's winning the down-to-down battle and more about who's capitalizing on the big play. The Bayou Bengals have made an art out of being that team under Les Miles, but all the same, if the Tigers blow a coverage for a long touchdown against Matt Simms ... if they allow a long return to dynamic Vol freshman Devrin Young ... if Jarrett Lee's old pick-six demons suddenly return to haunt him ... if those kinds of plays bring what could be an unhappy and dormant Neyland Stadium crowd to life ... the Vols could make this a game.

Unfortunately for the Vols, though, if LSU doesn't suffer any self-inflicted wounds, their advantages on both lines-of-scrimmage are such that they may not suffer any wounds at all.

TENNESSEE WILL WIN IF: Well, the aforementioned disaster scenario taking place on LSU's side of things would help immensely. But even in that case, the Vols will need something from their offense to actually pull out a victory. And with Simms in for the injured Tyler Bray, that means offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will have to find some way of snapping the Volunteer running game out of its current stupor. In the Vols two SEC games to date, Chaney's unit has totaled -- this is not a misprint -- minus-29 rushing yards. LSU's hardly the opponent you want to face when trying to fix that kind of problem, but the Vols don't have a choice: either get some measure of push up front, or watch the Tigers swallow your backup quarterback whole. Just ask Florida.

THE X-FACTOR: The echoes of last season. If there's one team the Vols might be irrationally confident about facing, even after last week's dud against Georgia, it's LSU. Despite entering that 2010 game as underdogs nearly as big as they are this year, Tennessee famously had Miles's team beaten until a replay review showed that the Vols had 13 players on the field for the game's chaotic final play--necessitating one more final play, on which the Tigers scored. If Derek Dooley can seize on that performance as reason to believe his Vols can play with the nation's No. 1 team -- and can get some early success to convince the crowd of the same -- they might just do it.

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Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 2:20 pm

Keys to the Game: LSU at Tennessee

We owe Tennesee a win after last year's game.  This won't be the year we should give you one back, though.  Our team is way more talented in most aspects than last year's team.  That said, truth be told, the play calling by Crowton was so inept last year, it cost Tennessee the game on that last play.  LSU was constantly calling the wrong plays with the wrong personnel on the field, instead of lining up and just outplaying people because we had better talent.  Crowton is not at Maryland causing the same headaches apparently (See the article on top ten duds of 2011).
   Two weeks in a row, we have the good fortune of not playing a team's starting QB.  We also appear to have a defense that could be the best we've had in decades, probably since the Arnsparger era of the early eighties that put three or four guys into the pros.  We should be 20+ point favorites today, but you know the saying: that's why they play the game.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:11 pm

Keys to the Game: LSU at Tennessee

You are correct on the QB per 07 Championship game.  I beleive his commnet is in regards to J. Russell in Knoxville (2006) fumbled the ball on the LSU game winning drive, but the play could not be reviewed because he was ruled down.  During that time a play could only be reviewed as a fumble if the ruling on the field was a fumble.  Since he was ruled down there was no review.  Regardless we lost!

Go Vols!  

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:04 pm

Keys to the Game: LSU at Tennessee

If we are at 0 yards rushing in SEC play by the end of this game I will count it as a victory!

Go Vols

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:52 pm

Keys to the Game: LSU at Tennessee

JaMarcus Russell never played in an SEC Championship against UT.  He played UGA in 05 but when they played in 07 it was Perrilloux.  Not a big deal but thought I'd clear that up. 

Lastly, I've never made predictions before because I know how those things can bite you but as a guy who lives in TN I have a better understanding of UT than most of LSU's opponents.  That being said LSU will beat UT by at least 3 TD's. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:21 pm

Keys to the Game: LSU at Tennessee

Not sure what game you were watching, but the cameras finally caught the back judge just standing there with the flag next to him with everyone else running around like chickens with the heads cut off.  They went to replay to verify what the back judge saw; that UT had too many men on the field. 

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:19 am

Keys to the Game: LSU at Tennessee

Thing about it is, the back judge didnt throw a flag, which is why there was so much confusion.  I remember Dooley running out on the field, for what seemed like several minutes, getting his players together and trying to get them back to the locker room (maybe he thought he had got away with it?? who knows).  But it took the refs a few to actually go over and put the headphones on and do the replay.  I assume that an LSU coach saw it from the booth upstairs and called down about it.  Either way, it was definitely a crazy game, one of the wildest finishes I have seen.  Especially since we had no chance in that game (accordingly to almost everyone, unless you are a VOL fan, as we always have hope).  As much as i hate to say we dont have a chance this year, we almost do.  Sims started and played that game for us, not Bray.  Hunter wasnt much of a factor.  We have an identical team as last year and same for LSU, minus Peterson, but add Mathieu, who might be better than Peterson was.  Guy is a beast.  Needless to say, dont write us off cause the craziest things happen, especially when we play LSU.  Remember in the SEC Championship game a few years ago, Jamarcus Russell's knee was down but he ended up running it back for a TD or long play of some kind?  I do.  We didnt even get a review of the play.  Sucks.  Oh well, Ill be back home in Knoxville to watch this game live, so i hope its a good one!!  GO VOLS! 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:44 pm

Keys to the Game: LSU at Tennessee

It was not the replay official that noticed the 13 men on the field for Tennessee, it was the back judge.  He threw the flag as soon as the ball was snapped.  One would think that a national sports site could get it right, but we are talking about CBS here, so all is well. 

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