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Why Tennessee's the problem in the SEC

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07:13 AM ET 05.24 | Les Miles may be on to something when it comes to the SEC's scheduling. Last year, LSU played Florida, as always, and South Carolina from the SEC East. The Gators and the Gamecocks each went 11-2. Compare that degree of difficulty with Alabama's SEC East opponents: Tennessee, as always, and league newcomer Missouri. They each finished 5-7. This year, Alabama plays Tennessee and Kentucky from the East, two programs that were so bad last year they fired their head coaches. LSU gets legitimate contenders Florida and Georgia. Advantage, Alabama. Again. Tennessee is the real problem here. The Vols haven't lived up to their history as one of the upper-echelon programs in the league in years. They haven't been ranked going into the Alabama game since 2007.

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Butch Jones, US Presswire Butch Jones, US Presswire
May 24, 2013  07:46 AM ET

"The Vols haven't lived up to their history as one of the upper-echelon programs in the league in years." Ya think? What does it take for the average twit/faceplanter to follow the news? TMZ?

May 24, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Why? How? In a name, Hamilton.

May 24, 2013  07:49 AM ET

[In florid prose, insert here admonition against shizzling up a Tennessee thread. This time, doing so knowing that the thread-topping blurb is crack to shizzle slingers, and the words of the righteous Vol fan and UTK alum will not be read for comprehension.]

May 24, 2013  07:50 AM ET

Here we go, Tennessee Volunteers!
Here we go, here we go, here we go, Vols!
Here we go, Tennessee Volunteers!
Here we go-oh! Here we go!

May 24, 2013  07:53 AM ET

Wish that I was on ole Rocky Top
Down in the Tennessee hills
Ain't no smoggy smoke up on Rocky Top
Ain't no telephone bills

Once I had a girl on ole Rocky Top
Part bear, the other part cat
Wild as a mink but sweet as soda pop
I still dream about that

Rocky Top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ole Rocky Top
Rocky Top, Tennessee, Rocky Top, Tennessee

Once two strangers climbed old Rocky Top
Lookin' for a moonshine still
Strangers ain't come down from ol' Rocky Top
Reckon they never will

Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top
Dirt's too rocky by far
That's why all the folks on Rocky Top
Get their corn from a jar

Rocky Top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ole Rocky Top
Rocky Top, Tennessee, Rocky Top, Tennessee

Rocky Top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ole Rocky Top
Rocky Top, Tennessee, Rocky Top, Tennessee
Rocky Top Tennessee


May it forever echo in your mind.

May 24, 2013  07:54 AM ET

May 24, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Noooooooooooooooooooo, it is all Texas' fault.

May 24, 2013  08:01 AM ET



The Salute to the Hill, a Pride of the Southland tradition.

May 24, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Maybe they should get Fulmer to come back....

May 24, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrgpZ0fUixs

Quote 'em as they truly are.

May 24, 2013  08:19 AM ET

I get the feeling this here thread is going to be full of all things Big Orange.

May 24, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I get the feeling this here thread is going to be full of all things Big Orange.

I hope not.

Perhaps we can hijack it to a Bama thread?

May 24, 2013  08:32 AM ET

SEC scheduling sucks. They should ...

1. Drop the goofy "cross-division rival" nonsense.
2. Drop the obligatory FCS creampuff game.
3. Play a 9 game conference schedule where players in one division have a chance at facing a few teams in the other division before they graduate.

May 24, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I get the feeling this here thread is going to be full of all things Big Orange.

You can only say so much about creamsicles!

May 24, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

3. Play a 9 game conference schedule where players in one division have a chance at facing a few teams in the other division before they graduate.

Graduate? Whachu talkin' bout Willis?

May 24, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Graduate? Whachu talkin' bout Willis?

Ok, before they're processed.
Better?

May 24, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

SEC scheduling sucks. They should ... 1. Drop the goofy "cross-division rival" nonsense.2. Drop the obligatory FCS creampuff game.3. Play a 9 game conference schedule where players in one division have a chance at facing a few teams in the other division before they graduate.

I could support this. I agree with the 9-game conference schedule and see plenty of opportunities for SEC teams to schedule FBS LSOPs for one-shot visits to add the extra home games while still being able to schedule home-and-aways with flu$h OOC programs. Presently, I'm not convinced that the SEC can preserve tradition cross-division rivalries and still produce schedules which provide for full rotation through each 4 year period. If they come up with a way, I'm open to it, but playing every other team in the conference within a 4-year span is more important (by my way of thinking).

May 24, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

processed.

I think LV has copyrighted that term...

May 24, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Ok, before they're processed.Better?

More accurate.

 
May 24, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrgpZ0fUixs

Quote 'em as to their true colors.

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