Found September 01, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
Over the course of the off-season, we here at Crystal Ball Run (as well as a number of outlets nationwide) were quick to point out that there wasn’t a single team in college football with more pressure on them entering Week 1 than Tennessee. Between Derek Dooley’s permanently scorched hot seat butt, Tyler Bray’s, ahem, interesting off-season activities, and Da’Rick Rogers getting booted to the curb just weeks ago, for all intents and purposes, it appeared as though the Vols had the weight of the world on their shoulders entering their opening weekend matchup against NC State. And really, that was the question college football fans pondered all off-season: Forget talent. Could Tennessee handle the pressure of a Week 1 showdown? And if they lost, would their whole season spiral out of control because of it? In regards to the latter question, that’s something that’ll have to be addressed at another time. Because in Atlanta, against NC State Friday night, the Tennessee...

Derek Dooley's latest fashion statement: the oversized, untucked zipper polo shirt.

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley made two statements Friday night in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. One was leading the Volunteers to a 35-21 beating of North Carolina State. The other was yet another football fashion statement in the tradition of the Tennessee Airflo hat and the orange pants - the oversized, untucked zipper polo shirt. Obviously, being...

Tennessee Outguns Wolfpack 35-21

Derek Dooley is momentarily off the hot seat as his Volunteers got a good victory in their season opener. It wasn't a dominant performance but Tennessee showed that they do have the talent to compete in the SEC. Whether or not they can put it together every week will remain to be seen. Cordarrelle Patterson has the Vols fanbase forgetting about that Da'Rick Rogers guy. Patterson...

Derek Dooley is with you, leather.

Not content with rocking the college football world with his, oversized zipper polo shirt , Tennessee head football coach decided to try on the leather helmet given to the winner of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Luckily for His Hairness, the helmet was just as oversized as his shirt. And there's a good chance that nary a hair of his perfetly coiffed head was out of place...

Tyler Bray just thew a touchdown over NC State

Tyler Bray of the Tennessee Volunteers just completed a pass over the NC Sate Wolfpack. It was amazing.

Video Central: Vols top Wolfpack

Watch as Derek Dooley and selected players address the media following Tennessee's 35-21 victory over the NC State Wolfpack.

Week 1: Tennessee

Quarterback Tyler Bray and the rest of the Volunteers will be looking to knock off the Pack tonight.

ACC Capsules: Clemson, N.C. State face tests

Aug. 31 N.C. State vs. Tennessee Where: Atlanta, Georgia Dome (71,989) When: 7:30 p.m. The blitz: One of the nations top secondaries will go up against one of the SECs top QBs in Tennessees Tyler Bray. State has the advantage, especially with UTs DaRick Rogers, who is maybe the best WR in the SEC, suspended. The Wolfpack may be better with the ball, too, as QB Mike Glennon has...

Vols Look Impressive In Win

It didn't take long to notice the difference. The difference was the attitude of the Tennessee Vols football team as they beat North Carolina State 35-21 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta, Ga. Friday night. Every season is a new season, but this season really seems to be different. For the first time under head coach Derek Dooley, the Vols believe they are good team...

Game Day Goulash: Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Tyler Bray, and more.

(Game Day Goulash is SWRT's  all-encompassing Game Day college football extravaganza.)   The Week One goulash continues with two in-state rivalries on Sunday as Kentucky takes on Louisville, and SMU visits Baylor. Meanwhile here's a little of what went on Saturday, and a little clean-up of Friday's games.  The First Cut is the Deepest. Penn State began the...

Tennessee Uses the Big Play to get past NC State

Behind 4 plays of 40+ yards, Tennessee ran up over 500 yards of total offense in Friday night's season-opening 35-21 win over NC State. Tyler Bray spearheaded the attack, throwing for 332 yards and 2 scores without an interception. JUCO transfer wideout Cordarrelle Patterson ignited the UT ground game that was dormant for all of last season with a 67-yard score on an end around...

Will's Week One Predictions

Tennessee vs. NC State Few of us were alive the last time these two met, which was 1939. The Volunteers return a top notch QB in Tyler Bray, but just like Mike Glennon at NC State, doesn't have his top receiver from last season to throw to. I think both teams will pass well, but NC State has a stronger running game, and that will be the difference in this game. NC State 30...

Friday Night Lights – Michigan State & Tennessee

Friday Night Lights – Michigan State & TennesseeFriday night isn’t just for High School Football anymore. All four of these teams have the potential to finish in the top 20 at season’s end. The SEC gets an early chance to pound its chest about conference supremacy and America’s favorite underdog tries to surprise the nation again. After the debacle of a game I was forced...

2012 NCAA Preseason: Buy or Sell

This article will be the beginning of a weekly writing called buy or sell. Basically, it will go over the hype in college football and whether I am buying in or selling and abandoning ship. Enjoy!   Vanderbilt: Buy A lot of people are hesitant about Vanderbilt this year because of the fact that they are, well, Vanderbilt. But consider the strides the ‘Dores made last season under...

NC State makes the wrong kind of statement against Tennessee.

A few days I wrote that NC State could make statement Friday against Tennessee.  Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, they made the wrong kind statement in a 35-21 to Tennessee loss that wasn’t that close. Sure the defeat looks bad for the ACC. The Wolfpack were considered a darkhorse in the ACC Atlantic, but lets not get too carried with that. A darkhorse is exactly what they were...
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