Sep 7, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) looks to pass to avoid the sack by Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Jaron Toney (35) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Vols Need To Slow Down Oregon, Gators QB On Crutches



Tennessee coach Butch Jones understands the importance of forcing No. 2 Oregon‘s offense to rely on extended drives instead of quick strikes.

He also realizes that’s easier said than done.

The Ducks (2-0) head into Saturday’s game with Tennessee (2-0) averaging 62.5 points a game after ranking second nationally with 49.5 points per game last season. The average length of Oregon’s 17 touchdowns has been 22.9 yards.

“They’re as good as advertised, probably the most complete team I’ve seen in a number of years to date,” Jones said.

This represents by far the toughest test for a Tennessee defense that was vulnerable to big plays last season. The Volunteers gave up seven touchdowns of at least 70 yards and 14 touchdowns of at least 40 yards in stumbling to a 5-7 record.


From The Republic

Tennessee State is replacing Tennessee Tech on Tennessee’s 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule.

Tennessee released a schedule last month that included a Nov. 21 home game with Tennessee Tech, but Tennessee officials issued a release Monday saying Tennessee Tech had informed them a conflict would prevent the Golden Eagles from playing on that date. The Lady Vols announced Monday they had dropped the Tennessee Tech game from their schedule and added a Dec. 17 date with Tennessee State at Thompson-Boling Arena.


From NBC Sports

Knowing how some Florida fans reacted to the loss to Miami Saturday, we don’t know whether this will be taken as good news or bad.

During the second quarter of the bruising affair, starting Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel suffered what the team has confirmed as a slight sprain of the knee.  Driskel, thePalm Beach Post reports, was seen walking around campus this morning with the aid of crutches.

The good news, if you’re a Driskel fan, is that the Gators have a bye this weekend and Driskel should be fine for the Sept. 21 game against Tennessee.


From Oregon Live

Under first-year coach Butch Jones, Tennessee has beaten Austin Peay 45-0 and Western Kentucky 52-20. They have nine takeaways on the season, tied with Tulane for the most in the nation. Seven of those takeaways came last week against Western Kentucky and five of those seven came in a six-play span. The Volunteers have committed two turnovers penalties all season, tied with Arizona State for the best in the nation. Tennessee is averaging 5.7 yards per rush and has scored on 12 of its 14 trips inside the red zone.





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