Saturday’s player of the game: Josh Dobbs

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Quarterback Josh Dobbs was responsible for four touchdowns during Tennessee’s blowout victory against Kentucky, therefore it is no surprise he has earned player of the game honors.

Dobbs went 16-of-26 for 233 yards and two touchdown passes. This included a 75-yard bomb to Josh Malone that allowed Tennessee to gain and keep the lead for good late in the second quarter. Also, Dobbs rushed for 51 yards and two scores, allowing Tennessee to keep its streak rolling.

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Photo by Kevan Elkins

The Vols have beaten Kentucky in 30 of the last 31 meetings between the two teams.

There has been some doubt as to whether Dobbs can throw the deep ball. With the 75-yard connection to Malone, he silenced a lot of those doubters.

After trouncing Kentucky and giving Alabama a run for the first time in years, it looks as if Tennessee football is finally taking stride. It is looking more and more likely that Tennessee will win out against the remainder of its opponents.

Throughout the next few weeks, the Vols face South Carolina, North Texas, Missouri and Vanderbilt. This would explain why ESPN’s Power Football Index ranked Tennessee as the Power Five team to win out the remainder of their season.

No more losses in the regular season would leave Tennessee with an 8-4 record, something UT hasn’t seen in quite some time.

The Vols scored eight straight times in a span where they possessed the ball between the first and fourth quarters. At one point in the third, Tennessee scored four consecutive times on four touches. Jalen Hurd also scored on a drive that took nine snaps to get into the endzone. Tennessee looked to be as efficient as it has been all season.

Evan Berry scored on a 100-yard kickoff return, giving him three touchdowns on kickoff returns this year. This allowed him to tie a 35-year-old school record held by Willie Gault.

With the help of his teammates, Dobbs has proven time and time again that he has what it takes to move the ball against elite defenses. Look for him to take the Volunteers to a bowl game this year as they attempt to end their season on a five-game win streak.

Edited by Cody McClure

Nashville Predators quick hitter report

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The Nashville Predators continued a hot streak Thursday night, when they won their third straight game. The Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 in Nashville, improving their record to 6-1-0 on the year.

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Photo by Sean Russell, courtesy of creativecommons.org. No changes made.

The Predators struck first in the second period with an assist from Austin Watson. After Eric Nystrom put the puck in the net for the Predators, they never looked back. Defenseman Ryan Ellis made it a 2-0 Predators lead in the second period when he got into the scoring act. Mike Ribeiro ended the second period after scoring on a rebound from his first shot attempt at the goal.

Mattias Ekholm gave the Predators a 4-0 lead in the third period, when he scored his first goal of the season on a slap shot. The Ducks finally got on the board late in the third period, ending Pekka Rinne’s chance at a shutout. Rinne finished with 27 saves.

The Ducks’ lone goal came on a power play, but it only cut the lead to three. Colin Wilson ended the scoring for the night for the Predators with a power play goal, making the final 5-1.

The Predators return to the ice on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Edited by Cody McClure

15 fun facts about Tennessee’s game against Georgia

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Tennessee meets Georgia on Saturday in Neyland Stadium. The Vols are looking to turn around a disappointing first half of the season. Here are 15 facts to get you ready for this SEC showdown. The overall series record between the two teams is 21-21-2.

1. The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 27 of last year with Georgia winning the matchup, 35-32.

2. The first meeting was in 1899 when Tennessee won with an odd score of 5-0.

3. One of the two tied games in the history of the series happened during their third meeting in 1906. The two teams tied with a rare score of 0-0.

4. Georgia has won the past five meetings. Tennessee is looking to break the streak, which would be their first win against Georgia since 2009.

5. Tennessee holds the longest winning streak in the history between the two teams with nine straight wins, spanning from 1989-1999.

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Photo by Ben Moser

6. Since 1992, the ‘Dawgs and Vols have both been in the SEC’s Eastern Division and have met each year.

7. The largest margin of victory overall was Tennessee by 46 points in 1936 at Sanford Stadium in Athens. The Vols won, 46-0.

8. The largest margin of victory for Georgia in the series is 44 points. In 1981 at Sanford Stadium, Georgia cruised to a 44–0 victory.

9. Though the series is tied 21–21–2 as of last year, it is not always very balanced or evenly matched. Georgia did not win a single game against Tennessee in the entire decade of the 1990’s, and Tennessee has yet to beat Georgia even once this decade.

10. From 1899-1989, UT and UGA met only 21 times before the SEC expanded to 12 members and split into eastern and western divisions.

11. Tennessee and Georgia are the second and third-winningest football programs in SEC history, behind Alabama.

12. In the notable 2001 game, the ‘Hobnail Boot’ game, Tennessee was ranked  No. 6 as it faced UGA coach Mark Richt for the first time. The lead was traded multiple times, but Tennessee ended up losing the game in the waning seconds. Storied Georgia announcer Larry Munson said “We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose.”

13. In 2007, unranked Tennessee ran all over No. 12 Georgia in Knoxville, which earned them a 35–14 victory. Georgia and Tennessee finished the season tied for first in the SEC, but the Vols’ head-to-head victory allowed them to advance to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.

14. One of the biggest matchups between the two happened in 2004 when Tennessee upset the back-to-back SEC East division champions, winning 19-14. That victory ruined Georgia’s chances of a national championship appearance.

15. The Vols and ‘Dawgs both have wonderful canine mascots.

Edited by Cody McClure

 

Week three fantasy football report

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Several players performed well this past week, but some weren’t so lucky. Check out this week’s fantasy report and find out who to add, drop, start and sit.

This week’s top ten overall scorers via ESPN:

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Photo by One Way Stock. Courtesy of creative commons.org.

1. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta – 37 points

2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay – 34 points

3. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati – 34 points

4. Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore – 30 points

5. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati – 30 points

6. Cardinals, D/ST, Arizona – 30 points

7. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina – 29 points

8. Julio Jones , WR, Atlanta – 28 points

9. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay – 28 points

10. Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona – 27 points

For a more comprehensive breakdown of this week’s scores, check out ESPN’s fantasy football scoring leaders.

Who to add

  • Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo – With Roethlisberger, Romo, Cutler and Brees currently out with injuries, Taylor is looking like a promising pick up. Buffalo has proven to have one of the most well-rounded offenses in the league blowing out two of their first three opponents. He has all the weapons necessary to be a reliable QB1 option for the remainder of the season.
  • Ryan Matthews, RB, Philadelphia – Matthews stepped up in dramatic fashion against the league’s hottest defense to replace 2014’s best fantasy player, DeMarco Murray, while he was out with a hamstring injury. Matthews rushed for over 100 yards and scored his second touchdown of the season against the Jets on Sunday. Look for Matthews to increase his role as a solid flex option.
  • Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas –With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant out for the next few weeks, the Cowboys are going to rely on the run game to produce offensively. Look for McFadden’s hard-nose running style to get third down and goal line touches.

Who to drop

  • Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota – Although Bridgewater and the Vikings were able to edge the Chargers on Sunday, their passing game has not looked promising since a brutal week one loss to San Francisco. With Adrian Peterson back in full effect, look for Minnesota’s run game to be the source of their offensive production.
  • Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland – This promising first round draft pick is lacking a consistent amount of targets from David Carr to be considered a reliable receiver. Amari Cooper seems to be Carr’s go-to receiver at this point in the season. With Oakland getting off to a 2-1 start, you can expect them to follow what seems to be a successful trend.
  • Jimmy Clausen, QB, Chicago – Clausen threw for 67 yards on 37 attempts while getting shut out by a struggling 0-2 Seattle team. It is clear that Clausen is not going to be Chicago’s savior while Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffrey are out with injuries.

Who to sit

  • Golden Tate, WR, Detroit – Seattle’s defense is back to elite form after shutting out Chicago and having Kam Chancellor return to the field after his holdout. Look for Tate to have another mediocre week against the strongest secondary in the league.
  • Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco – Hyde got off to a hot start in week one putting up 29 points, but has cooled off the past two weeks. Don’t expect him to repeat his week one performance against Green Bay’s stout run defense.
  • Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia – Philadelphia is still searching to find their rhythm with a C-paced offense. Bradford is not living up to the high projections he had going into the season. Expect an average performance out of Bradford this week against Washington.

Who to start

  • Owen Daniels, TE, Denver – Peyton Manning linked up with Daniels for his first touchdown of the season against Detroit on Sunday night. Denver is a pass heavy team and Peyton likes to spread the ball around. Look for Daniels to become a possible redzone threat this week against Minnesota.
  • Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo – Watkins has been a player this year that many owners have been hesitant to start due to his lack of chemistry with Tyrod Taylor as well his hip injury. Now that Buffalo has found a groove in their offense, look for Watkins to become a consistent threat week in and week out.
  • Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati – Dalton had a stellar performance against Baltimore on Sunday linking up with A.J. Green on multiple occasions. Look for this trend to continue against Kansas City this week.

Edited by Cody McClure

Titans vs Ravens recap

How the game was won

Baltimore proved to be much more efficient in the running game, as the Ravens led by J Forsett, (112 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns), spearheaded the teams strong running game. The Ravens finished the game with 153 yards running on only 31 carries, good for almost a five yard average. Joe Flacco also had a productive game for the Ravens, finishing with a touchdown and no turnovers, while stretching the defense by completing passes to 6 different recievers. Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil got after the Titans rookie QB Zach Mettenburger and combined to have four of the team’s five sacks.

Mettenburger was making just his second career start, and first game away and it showed. Mettenburger failed to move the chains and score effectively, producing only seven points. It also didn’t help that a lack of separation from the wide outs led to no receiver having over 53 yards receiving. Mettenburger should catches some slack, because the running game didn’t help him either, producing only 67 yards on 22 carries (3.0 avg).

What’s up next

Next week the Titans stay at home for a primetime matchup against the Steelers on Monday night. The Ravens meanwhile, get to enjoy a bye week, before they are on the road to play the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

Edited by Will Lomas

Titans and Ravens Preview

For the Titans and Ravens preview, there are three matchups that should dictate who wins this game.

Zach Mettenburger vs Ravens Defense

Metternburger is making his 2nd career start and first away from home. The rookie played well last week, when he nearly had a 300 yard game, with 2 touchdowns. The Ravens meanwhile aren’t the same ball hawking defense they used to be, their passing defense ranks 26th in the league, along with only five interceptions and 20 sacks. This matchup will be determined by how well Mettenburger used his bye week.

Advantage: John Harbaugh won’t let a rookie quarterback solve his defense in only his second career game. Baltimore’s defense wins this matchup. NFL

Titans Defensive Line vs Baltimore’s Offensive Line

This is a strength vs strength matchup. The Titans have 14 different players with sacks, (1st in NFL). In total the Titans defense has 23 sacks (9th in the NFL). In the Raven’s last game they gave up four sacks to the Steelers. That won’t likely happen again as the Ravens have only given up 13 sacks on the season, (6th in the NFL).

Advantage- The Titans lack of a true elite pass rusher will show, and the Ravens show a strong bounce back performance, allowing fewer than 3 sacks.

Kendall Wright vs Jimmy Smith

The Tennessee Titan’s Kendall Wright only needs seven receptions to reach 200 career catches. If he accomplishes this feat on Sunday, he will be the first receiver in Titan’s history to reach this milestone in only 40 career games. If the Titan’s give the ball to their top playmaker, it will make things that much easier for Mettenburger.

Advantage- The Titans will design plays to give the ball to their top playmaker as quickly and often as possible. Kendall Wright will have his chances to make big plays and make Smith pay.

Edited by Will Lomas