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Vols-Kentucky: Wrapping up a bumpy 2013 season (videos and photos)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The buzzword of the week for Butch Jones and his team was “1-0” and the Vols finished with that mark after beating Kentucky on Saturday night in Lexington.

For all the talk of positive momentum after the win, someone quite sensibly asked, “What if Tennessee had lost?” The only positive momentum then would be the force with which this season was consigned to the trash basket.

Jones, true to style, said he plan for everything, including that contingency. Fortunately, it won’t be necessary.

The seniors can leave on a positive note after an otherwise bleak four- or five-year stretch, and Jones and his staff can turn their attention completely to recruiting.

Thanks for following me this year. I’m going to take the next nine months off and see you in August.

Just kidding! We’ll have tons of content between now and spring practice, including a lot of interesting recruiting stuff, some very early position previews and anything else that I have time for. If you have any questions or ideas, let me know.

For now, check out the video montage from last night above, some video interviews below, as well as some photos from before and after the game. Watch the video in your highest HD settings for best results.

Joshua Dobbs and receivers warm up before Kentucky game (video)

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — Will Nathan Peterman get a chance to play in the final game of the season?

Butch Jones reaffirmed this week that Joshua Dobbs was his starting quarterback, but if he struggles as he did in the first half last week against Vanderbilt, Jones might be presented with some interesting decisions.

Watch the video above in your highest HD settings for best results.

Vols-Kentucky game day hourly forecast: Cold, but perhaps not as cold as last week

Tennessee players stretch before a practice this week (photo by Evan Woodbery)

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — If this game had kicked at off at noon, players and fans would have enjoyed a sunny fall day of football.

Instead, when the Vols (4-7, 1-6 SEC) and Wildcats (2-9, 0-7) kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPNU), it should be chilly.

Here’s the forecast from The Weather Channel.

7 p.m.: 43 degrees, feels like 39.

8 p.m.: 41 degrees, feels like 36.

9 p.m.: 39 degrees, feels like 33.

10 p.m.: 38 degrees, feels like 32.

Throughout the night, it should be clear with no chance of rain. Winds will be out of the south at 8 mph.

In a simpler time, the winner of the Tennessee-Kentucky game got a wooden beer barrel

Tennessee players celebrate with the beer barrel (photo from UTSports.com)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Remember when the winner of the end-of-season Tennessee-Kentucky football game got bragging rights and a wooden beer barrel?

Neither do I. But plenty of people do, including my brother’s father-in-law, who looked it up online during after our Thanksgiving meal.

Sure enough, starting in 1925, the winner earned a large beer barrel painted half orange and half blue. According to UT, “(The barrel) was rolled onto the field that year with the words “Ice Water” painted on it to avoid any outcries over an alcohol drum symbolizing a college rivalry.”

The tradition ended in 1998 after two people were killed, including a Kentucky football player, in an alcohol-related car accident just before the Tennessee game. Understandably, officials decided not to use the barrel that season. The following year, they decided to discontinue the tradition permanently.

The Vols (4-7, 1-6 SEC) play Kentucky (2-9, 0-7 SEC) on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.)

Tennessee opens as 4-point favorite at Kentucky

Tennessee runs through the T on Nov. 23, 2013, against Vanderbilt. (photos by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee has opened as a four-point favorite over Kentucky in offshore sports books.

The Vols (4-7, 1-6 SEC) and Wildcats (2-9, 0-7) will play their final game of the season on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.)

Tennessee lost to Vanderbilt 14-10 on Saturday to fall out of bowl contention and ensure the program’s fourth consecutive losing season.

In the Sagarin predictor ratings, which are sometimes frighteningly accurate, the Vols have a 5.19-point edge over Kentucky.

Vols’ bowl chances drop to 29 percent, but 2-0 finish still possible (with video)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee Vols keep losing and its opponent keep looking tougher.

Those have been the two big reasons the Vols’ likelihood of being bowl eligible has continued to slip in each week of our projections.

After Tennessee’s third consecutive loss and Vanderbilt’s impressive win at Florida, I’m now projecting the Commodores as a 2-point favorite at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 23 based on the current Sagarin ratings. That drops the Vols’ estimated likelihood of winning to 47 percent (down from 53 percent the last time we ran the simulation.

If Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt, the final game at Kentucky on Nov. 30 won’t matter as much. I’m giving the Vols a 4-point edge based on the Sagarin ratings, although I predict the actual point spread (and the final score) will be larger. In any case, that gives UT a 62 percent chance of winning (down from 64 percent a week ago).

With only two games left, running a simulation really isn’t necessary. We can quickly calculate the odds of going 2-0 (29.1 percent), 0-2 (20.1 percent) and 1-1 (50.8 percent).

We ran the simulation about 1,000 times and it was, in fact, very close to those numbers. (The longer I run the simulation, the more it should approach the numbers above).

Simulated results of UT's season, updated Nov. 10, 2013

The Vols’ likelihood of making a bowl has continued to drop since we started these projections.

Infographic  UT's bowl chances over time

Later in the week, we’ll take a look at where Tennessee might end up if the Vols reach .500. I’ll update last week’s bowl projections to reflect recent games and change some bowl estimates that people complained about (like Mizzou to the Sugar).

A closer look at the 2nd half of Tennessee’s season: Can the Vols go 3-3, reach a bowl?


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — At the midpoint of the season, now is a perfect time to reevaluate my preseason predictions.

Let’s see how I fared so far and determine if we need to tweak any of the predicted outcomes for the rest of the year.

At the risk of bragging, my August predictions have been pretty spot-on so far.

Aug. 31 vs. Austin Peay

Speculative line: UT by 45.

Actual line: UT by 49.

My prediction: UT, 45-7.

Actual score: UT, 45-0.

Sept. 7 vs. Western Kentucky

Speculative line: UT by 21.

Actual line: UT by 14.

My prediction: UT, 31-14.

Actual score: UT, 52-20.

Sept. 14  at Oregon

Oregon’s Autzen Stadium (photo by Evan Woodbery)

Speculative line: Oregon by 20.

Actual line: Oregon by 28.

My prediction: Oregon, 45-14

Actual score: Oregon, 59-14.

Sept. 21   @ Florida   

Speculative line: UF by 17.

Actual line: UF by 16.5

My prediction: Florida, 31-14.

Actual score: Florida, 31-17.

Sept. 28   vs. South Alabama

Speculative line: UT by 23.

Actual line: UT by 16.5.

My prediction: UT, 38-17

Actual score: UT, 31-24.

Oct. 5  vs. Georgia

The Vols lost in overtime to Georgia.

Speculative line: Georgia by 15

Actual line: Georgia by 13.5

My prediction: Georgia 35-28.

Actual score: Georgia 34-31, OT. (fixed earlier error)

(I’m using line information from VegasInsider, which may differ slightly from other sites. All lines are for informational/entertainment purposes ONLY.)

The rest of the schedule looks more difficult in some areas, but could be easier in others. South Carolina is difficult to figure, but still quite dangerous. Auburn and Missouri have exceeded expectations, although an injury to quarterback James Franklin could be devastating for Mizzou’s powerful offense. (Coach Gary Pinkel strongly disputed a report that Franklin would be out for the rest of the year).

What about the other James Franklin? Well, he and the Commodores are having a rough year, but the UT-Vandy meeting in Knoxville still promises to be an important and emotional meeting.

Here’s a look at the final six games, with both my August predictions and any changes I care to make.

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