Monthly Archives: August 2012

Chat live with Tennessee football beat writer Evan Woodbery at 2 p.m.

Thumbnail image for evan-woodbery-new-mug.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — When Tennessee returns to practice Thursday, there will be two big storylines: The Game 1 depth chart will be released, and the Vols will be focused exclusively on that season opener Aug. 31 against North Carolina State.

That means there’s no better time than today for my first live chat. We’ll get things started at 2 p.m., so have your questions ready.

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Tennessee’s best and worse scenarios, opening line against N.C. State and other notes and quotes

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The first day of class is Wednesday, which means the campus is crowded with cars and pedestrians, and the football fields will be empty for the next 48 hours or so.

I’m budgeting an extra five minutes or so to get anywhere and hunkering down in the office to work on our football preview section.

In the meantime, let’s get to the 11….

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Computer prediction says Tennessee will win 7.8 games in 2012

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — What if you played the college football season 50,000 times? Well, you’d be very tired, and there would probably be a lot of injuries, but you’d also eliminate many of the flukes and vagaries of a single season to produce an accurate measure of a team’s talent.

That’s the idea behind the Prediction Machine, which simulated the college football season 50,000 times and release its results a few days ago.

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Tennessee left out of Top 25, but not too far from breaking in

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The first Associated Press poll of the year is out, and it has Tennessee in 33rd place, eight spots out of the official Top 25.

Our own John Adams was responsible for about half of the Vols’ 15 points by ranking the team 18th in his poll.

I guess it comes down to how you define the preseason poll: Is it a power poll based on teams’ relative strengths and talents? Is it is a prediction of what you expect the poll to look like at the end of the season? Is it something else entirely?

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In 2nd scrimmage, Tennessee seeking to clear up remaining questions

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The second and likely final full scrimmage of the season is this evening at Neyland Stadium.

Many of the starting positions have already been sorted out, but there are a few races still remaining. The scrimmage should also help coaches sort out depth behind the first team.

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Vols settling in at Milligan College: More notes and quotes from camp

JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee — I shot some extensive (and potentially award-winning) video at Monday’s morning practice. Unfortunately, my computer froze and all the images are permanently lost to this world.

I made up for it with some quick video from last night’s practice, which had a much shorter media viewing period. Still, it should give you some overview of Tennessee’s setup at Milligan College.

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Tennessee preps for scrimmage in Johnson City on Day 2 of trip

vols-practice-0810-brimer.jpgJOHNSON CITY, Tennessee — The first Tennessee football practice at Milligan College will likely come on Monday, when the weather looks like it will be sunny and clear here in northeastern Tennessee.

In the meantime, the Vols will scrimmage today at Science Hill High School before taking an off-day for meetings and video work Sunday.

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