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Tennessee football: Vols play Oregon’s fight song at practice (video)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — If you’re a college football fan, you’re probably a connoisseur of fight songs, and I must say that I really love “Mighty Oregon.”

I might not love it by the end of the week, however, if Tennessee coach Butch Jones keeps playing it over and over again in practice.

“The storm is coming,” Jones warned players in Tuesday’s session. View the video at its highest HD setting for best results. Unfortunately they did much of their work on the far field on Tuesday, so today’s video is shot from a distance.

While you’re here, check out our GVX Spotlight below. I’m flying solo this week, as colleague Brendan Quinn is on assignment in Oregon.

Tennessee football: A look at Oregon’s mind-boggling offensive numbers

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Oregon goes at a pace unlike any team Tennessee has faced since, well, Oregon in 2010.

That was the conclusion drawn from a look at the Ducks’ numbers through two games of 2013.

Tennessee’s defense has experience against a fast-paced offense, of course, by playing its own offense every day in practice. The Vols had the third-fastest offense in the SEC in 2012, but have slowed the pace against two weak opponents in 2013. Tennessee is unlikely to go much faster against Oregon. Giving the defense some rest will be a priority.

Oregon’s offense averages 3.4 plays and 32.3 yards per minute, which is impressive in itself. But that speed puts pressure on the Ducks’ defense. Opponents average nearly 40 minutes per game in time of possession.

Even so, the Ducks surrender only 3.7 yards per play (8.13 yards per minute). The Vols, by comparison, have allowed 4.91 yards per play through two games.

Check out the tempo numbers below.

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In AP poll, Vols will play 4 of top 6 teams and 5 of top 10

Relentless, banner, Haslam Field

A new banner bearing the word “Relentless” is hung from a camera tower at Haslam Field on Aug. 5, 2013. (Photo Brendan F. Quinn)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee didn’t receive a single vote in the first installment of the Associated Press Top 25, but that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

The Vols got only one vote in the coaches’ poll, which means that one voter put them at No. 25.

The AP poll no longer carries any weight in postseason matchups, but it is a solid barometer of conventional wisdom. And the rankings reinforce just how tough Tennessee’s schedule will be.

The Vols play four of the nation’s top six teams and five of the top 10.

If you’re looking for optimism, seven of Tennessee’s 12 opponents aren’t ranked at all (although Vanderbilt is among other teams receiving votes.)

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