Aug 31, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) gets ready for the snap against the Austin Peay Governors at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Oregon A New Challenge For Butch Jones


Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has seen a lot of good football teams over the past few years.

In six years at Central Michigan and Cincinnati he played the likes of Oklahoma, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Michigan State. He’s never seen anything quite like No. 2 Oregon, though.

“Probably the most complete team I’ve seen in a number of years to date,” Jones said of the Ducks. “Team speed, everything that you think of when you think of Oregon comes to your mind.

“They’re as good as advertised.”

While the Vols (2-0) faced a respectable Western Kentucky squad last week, it’s clear that the competition goes to a whole different level this week.


From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Vols were 2-0 in 2011.

They were 2-0 in 2012.

And in each season, a loss to Florida in the third game began downward spirals to 5-7 finishes (1-7 in the SEC). That’s why Derek Dooley now is an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys.

Well, Tennessee is sitting at 2-0 again this year.

And, guess what? The Vols will be 2-1 sometime Saturday night after a visit to the Oregon Trail of Tears.

Perhaps only a few folks will notice since Alabama will be busy with Texas A&M at the same time Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is dissecting the Volunteers.


From News Channel 5

Tennessee coach Butch Jones doesn’t think he ever got home earlier than 11:30 p.m. last week while preparing for Western Kentucky.

He might not return before midnight anytime in the next six weeks.

After opening the season with two lopsided victories, the Volunteers face ranked opponents in five of their next six games.

The gauntlet starts Saturday at No. 2 Oregon. The Vols (2-0) follow that up by traveling to No. 18 Florida. Tennessee then has three straight home games against South Alabama, No. 9 Georgia and No. 13 South Carolina before visiting No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 26.

“The real tests are starting to come,” Tennessee running back Rajion Neal said Saturday after rushing for three touchdowns in a 52-20 triumph over Western Kentucky. “That’s where we’re really going to be able to take strides and see where we are.”


From CBS Sports

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may have abused the Ravens for seven touchdowns in Week 1, but that performance doesn’t mean much to Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who will have the pleasure of facing Manning Sunday in the latest installment of the Manning Bowl.


“Peyton, we all know what he brings to the table, one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, a true Hall of Famer. But at the same time, that doesn’t fear us,” Rolle said Monday, via the New York Daily News. “We’re going to go out there and we’re going to play defense the way we know how to play defense. We all put on our pants the same way.

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