Few silver linings in UTC’s blowout loss at UT – Chattanooga Times Free Press

Few silver linings in UTC's blowout loss at UT  Chattanooga Times Free Press

There are few silver linings in a 45-0 loss, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Rusty Wright had to dig deep to find one after Saturday's ...

Texas Football: Ty Jordan is the most explosive Horns 2020 commit – Hook ‘Em Headlines

Texas Football: Ty Jordan is the most explosive Horns 2020 commit  Hook 'Em Headlines

Bringing the 2020 Texas football recruiting class among the top five in the nation was a pledge from 3-Star APB Ty Jordan.

Initial Betting Lines Released For Week 4’s Biggest Games – The Spun

Initial Betting Lines Released For Week 4’s Biggest Games  The Spun

Vegas has released its initial betting lines for Week 4's biggest games in the 2019 college football season today.

Vols open as double-digit underdogs at Florida – 247Sports

Vols open as double-digit underdogs at Florida  247Sports

Tennessee will go to Florida Saturday to open up the Southeastern Conference portion of the schedule as 12.5-point underdogs against the Florida Gators, ...

Gators ranked No. 9 latest AP Poll – 247Sports

Gators ranked No. 9 latest AP Poll  247Sports

The Florida Gators check in at No. 9 in the latest AP Poll released on Sunday afternoon after their comeback win over the Kentucky Wildcats. The Gators will ...

Gators ranked No. 9 latest AP Poll – 247Sports

Gators ranked No. 9 latest AP Poll  247Sports

The Florida Gators check in at No. 9 in the latest AP Poll released on Sunday afternoon after their comeback win over the Kentucky Wildcats. The Gators will ...

Vols Football: Tennessee vs. Florida opening line set – Rocky Top Talk

Vols Football: Tennessee vs. Florida opening line set  Rocky Top Talk

The Tennessee Volunteers are set to open SEC play on the road next weekend against the Florida Gators. Tennessee, sitting at 1-2 on the year, picked up its ...

Tennessee-Florida opening line set

Florida v Tennessee Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images

This spread has gotten smaller.

The Tennessee Volunteers are set to open SEC play on the road next weekend against the Florida Gators. Tennessee, sitting at 1-2 on the year, picked up its first win against Chattanooga this weekend.

The Gators sit at No. 9 in the new AP Poll after a dramatic comeback win at Kentucky on Saturday night. This coming all after starting quarterback Feleipe Franks was lost for the season due to a dislocated ankle.

That left Kyle Trask, who came in and helped guide Florida to a win from an 11 point deficit. Trask is now left as the starting quarterback for the Gators, who will welcome Tennessee on Saturday afternoon.

After summer lines had Florida as anywhere from 14 to 16 point favorites, the Franks news seems to have affected this game week spread. Florida has opened as a 12.5 favorite over Tennessee.

Tennessee has beaten Florida just once since 2005. Last year’s game got out of hand early after a host of Tennessee mistakes added up in the first quarter. The Vols last win in this series came in 2016.

Jeremy Pruitt has been working to iron out defensive mistakes in week one, which led to Georgia State’s upset of the Volunteers. Another key defensive error ended up costing Tennessee the game against BYU, which is the difference between 2-1 and 1-2 right now.

Florida will easily be the toughest test to this point for Tennessee, though the Gators haven’t been particularly impressive in wins over Miami and Kentucky.

Quarterback play will likely determine this one. How will Jarrett Guarantano perform on the road after a rough start to the season? Can Trask back up a strong performance in Lexington?

We’ll find out on Saturday at Noon (ET) on ESPN.

WATCH: When Titans sideline goes up in flames, everyone made the same Vols joke – Saturday Down South

WATCH: When Titans sideline goes up in flames, everyone made the same Vols joke  Saturday Down South

Even on the Sunday after a Tennessee win, the Volunteers football team couldn't escape Twitter jokes. In Nashville, a speaker on the Nissan Stadium sideline ...

Backup QB Kyle Trask leads Florida – Last Word on College Football

  1. Backup QB Kyle Trask leads Florida  Last Word on College Football
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Ahead of Tennessee game, Florida loses QB Feleipe Franks for the year – Rocky Top Talk

Ahead of Tennessee game, Florida loses QB Feleipe Franks for the year  Rocky Top Talk

Stop me if you've heard this story before — the Florida Gators will have to roll out a backup quarterback against the Tennessee Volunteers. Treon Harris and ...

Ahead of Tennessee game, Florida loses QB Feleipe Franks for the year – Rocky Top Talk

Ahead of Tennessee game, Florida loses QB Feleipe Franks for the year  Rocky Top Talk

Stop me if you've heard this story before — the Florida Gators will have to roll out a backup quarterback against the Tennessee Volunteers. Treon Harris and ...

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks expected to miss the rest of the year

Florida v Kentucky Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Tennessee will face a Florida backup quarterback — which hasn’t been great news through the years.

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before — the Florida Gators will have to roll out a backup quarterback against the Tennessee Volunteers. Treon Harris and Tyler Murphy immediately come to mind from 2013 and 2014, each of whom had to come off of the bench in relief. Both were successful in finishing off victories for the Gators.

That same scenario played out in Lexington on Saturday night. Kyle Trask entered the game for Feleipe Franks, who suffered a gruesome ankle injury. Down 21-10, Trask led a comeback that saw the Gators find a way to win, advancing Florida to 3-0.

But the news after the game confirmed what most believed to be true — Franks is likely out for the season with a dislocated ankle. That means Tennessee will also face Kyle Trask, fresh off of his come from behind win over Kentucky.

You can make the argument that the Florida offense was more efficient under Trask, who finished up the night going 9-13 for 126 yards.

“Kyle was waiting for his moment,” Florida coach Dan Mullen told ESPN after the game. “The team believes in him and we believe he’s a starter just like Feleipe is. There was never a doubt he could do the job.”

Next up for Trask will be Tennessee in Gainesville. The Vols picked up their first win of the year on Saturday against Chattanooga, winning 45-0 in Knoxville. SEC play will begin for Volunteers this weekend after dropping two of three non-conference games to start the year.

The 6-5, 239 pound Trask has been patient at Florida — a rarity in this day and age of college football. Now a redshirt junior, Trask will finally get his shot to play. The former three-star recruit has seen very limited action so far in his career, but was outstanding on a big stage on Saturday night.

Now he will be a part of the next chapter of the Tennessee-Florida rivalry.

College Football Playoff Bracketology September 15 – The Game Haus

College Football Playoff Bracketology September 15  The Game Haus

The third week of the college football season is in the books. Each week the performance of the teams on the field can be looked at to see who is in the best ...

Winning Smart Victory Post #35 Pink Out Edition – Dawg Sports

Winning Smart Victory Post #35 Pink Out Edition  Dawg Sports

Your University of Georgia Bulldogs carded their third win of the 2019 – 2020 season yesterday afternoon on a day when the biggest story in College Football ...

VIDEO: UF’s Feleipe Franks Injures Right Leg, And It Looks Gruesome – Fanbuzz

VIDEO: UF’s Feleipe Franks Injures Right Leg, And It Looks Gruesome  Fanbuzz

The Florida Gators starting QB improvised on 4th-and-1 as his team trailed Saturday's game against Kentucky, but the result was hard to see.

University of Tennessee band rocks bullied fan’s shirt design at football game – Fox News

University of Tennessee band rocks bullied fan’s shirt design at football game  Fox News

The University of Tennessee can't get enough of one of its biggest fan's original shirt design. The university's Pride of the Southland band showed off their school ...

Calbert, Wright get the nod in Vols’ youth movement on O-line – 247Sports

Calbert, Wright get the nod in Vols' youth movement on O-line  247Sports

Tennessee rang the changes on its offensive line in Saturday's win against Chattanooga. The Vols went with a youth movement up front, turning to two freshmen ...

Vols defeat the Mocs – Cookeville Herald Citizen

Vols defeat the Mocs  Cookeville Herald Citizen

Chattanooga Mocs wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly (19) warms up prior to the start of the first half of the NCAA football game between the Mocs and the Tennessee ...

Tennessee vs. Chattanooga: What stood out from a dominant win

Chattanooga v Tennessee Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images

Some notes.

Tennessee had a nice, stress-free afternoon in Neyland Stadium today. The Volunteers beat up on Chattanooga, building a 45-0 lead before pulling all of the starters out. Here’s what we learned and what stood out.

Message sent?

After giving up the long play that set up BYU with a chance to tie the game late last week, sophomore cornerback Alontae Taylor was benched against Chattanooga. Warren Burrell and Kenneth George got the starts at the outside cornerback spot. Bryce Thompson did not play.

Would this happen if Chattanooga wasn’t the opponent today? Probably not, but that’s just a guess. This was the perfect time to deliver a message to Taylor, who has really struggled out of the gates.

One thing to keep in mind here — Thompson could return for the Florida matchup. Will Tennessee go with Thompson and Burrell? Or Thompson and Taylor?

Offensive line shuffle

For the first time this season, Tennessee started two true freshmen on the offensive line on Saturday. Wanya Morris got the go at left tackle, while Darnell Wright started at right guard. K’Rojhn Calbert started at right tackle, while Brandon Kennedy was at center and Trey Smith was at left guard. It was a new combination that saw Marcus Tatum and Riley Locklear head to the bench — at least to start.

The most notable conclusion to draw here is on Wright, who kicked inside today. Is that something we see stick going forward? It’s possible, because the Vols haven’t found an answer at guard opposite of Trey Smith. I’m a big fan of getting your best five lineman on the field at once, this is a way to accomplish that.

Creating turnovers

Tennessee made up for lost time today, creating five turnovers today against Chattanooga. Jeremy Banks was an unexpected star of this one, grabbing two interceptions playing as a reserve linebacker. Kenney Solomon and Nigel Warrior each added another interception, bringing the total on the day to four.

The Vols also forced a fumble on the goal line in the first half as Chattanooga was trying to punch a drive into the endzone.

Elsewhere, a blocked punt had the Volunteers off and running in the first quarter as receiver Brandon Johnson scooped and scored the block from Tyler Byrd.

Brian Maurer’s debut

Tennessee’s true freshman quarterback was the first passer off the bench today. Maurer came in with a 21-0 lead in the first quarter — only to go three and out thanks to a couple of penalties. He scrambled on third down of the series, but fell short of the sticks.

He was then the first quarterback to enter the game in the second half, starting a drive at the Chattanooga 25. Maurer didn’t have much work left to do after a run by Tim Jordan had the Vols sitting pretty. The freshman quarterback took a called sweep to the left, getting around the corner for six.

Maurer actually didn’t throw a pass until his third drive of the game, playing with a host of backups. He delivered a really nice looking deep ball to Ramel Keyton, but Keyton was unable to make the play over the coverage.

I would have liked to have seen more passing from Maurer, who was only given two passing attempts on the day. It’s tough to evaluate anyone based on that.

JT Shrout struggles

Shrout’s day began with a bail-out. The redshirt freshman fired a fastball over the middle that went off his receiver’s hands only to be picked off. Luckily for Shrout, he was saved by a roughing the passer call.

Shrout came back and slowly settled in a little bit after a few miscommunications. He was able to find Cedric Tillman underneath to convert on 4th and 9, keeping his first drive alive. Shrout was unable to find Jacob Warren down the seam who was open for a touchdown, which forced a field goal attempt.

The former three-star recruit out of California lacked some touch and feel today in the offense, which obviously comes from more experience.

Shrout finished 3-9 for 23 yards.

Jarrett Guarantano solid

As expected, Guarantano was easily Tennessee’s best passer today. After a rough outing against BYU, Guarantano had an easy yet productive Saturday against the Mocs. He ended up throwing three touchdowns on just eight attempts.

Guarantano completed seven of eight passes in total, throwing for 142 yards before giving way to the backups. The redshirt junior passer’s lone incompletion was on his first attempt of the day — a pass that could have easily been picked off, as Pruitt pointed out. His touchdown pass to Cedric Tillman was also a tick late, just beating a safety who was closing in over the middle.

It wasn’t a perfect day, but any question about whether or not he’s the best option right now is squashed. We’ll see if he built any confidence heading into the Florida matchup.

Chattanooga vs. Tennessee Football Recap: Vols Decimate Mocs, 45-0 – Rocky Top Talk

Chattanooga vs. Tennessee Football Recap: Vols Decimate Mocs, 45-0  Rocky Top Talk

They say the fastest and most effective way to kill a snake is to cut off the head. Well, that's exactly what the Tennessee Volunteers did to the ...

Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins vs. Tennessee Volunteers Recap: Vols Decimate Moccasins, 45-0

NCAA Football: Chattanooga at Tennessee Jarrett Guarantano had a very good day. | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Vols lived up to expectations in this one.

They say the fastest and most effective way to kill a snake is to cut off the head.

Well, that’s exactly what the Tennessee Volunteers did to the Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins on Saturday.

A sharp Jarrett Guarantano and a smothering defense gave the Vols their first win of the season. It was the type of performance this team needed, and the hope is that it will bleed over into next week’s game against the Florida Gators.

The Vols were able to get off to a much-needed, quick start thanks to a 58-yard kick return from Ty Chandler that took the ball all the way to the Chattanooga 41. Six plays later, Chandler punched it in from 13 yards out and Brent Cimaglia nailed the extra point to give the Vols a 7-0 lead with 12:16 left in the first quarter.

A stout defensive performance led to a three-and-out for the Moccasins, but the key play was a blocked punt by Tyler Byrd that Brandon Johnson returned for a touchdown. Just like that, the Vols were up 14-0 after another Cimaglia extra point.

Tennessee continued to pour it on defensively. On the very next drive, Nigel Warrior notched his first interception of the year. He read Chattanooga Nick Tiano all the way, made the interception and returned it to the Moccasins’ 16-yard line.

UTC was able to hold Tennessee to a 3rd-and-6, but Jarrett Guarantano found a wide-open Jauan Jennings in the middle of the end zone for a 12-yard score. Another Cimaglia PAT made it 21-0 less than halfway into the first quarter.

The defense held its own again and even partially blocked the Moccasins’ next punt. The 21-point cushion was enough for Pruitt to bring in freshman quarterback Brian Maurer.

Penalties ruined Maurer’s first drive of his college career. A false start forced the team into a 2nd-and-15 and then an unsportsmanlike penalty on Trey Smith after a third down run by Maurer left the Vols in their first punting situation of the day.

Tiano was able to find some room to run on a 3rd-and-7 and was able to pick up the first down. UTC found themselves in UT territory a couple of plays later, but a 37-yard run from Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks took them down to the Vols’ 8. The eighth straight run of the drive found the Moccasins with a 3rd-and-goal at the Tennessee 1, but a false start pushed them back to the Tennessee 6. Tiano then fumbled the snap and Darrell Taylor recovered, preventing any type of score.

Tennessee put Guarantano back in for the next drive and he immediately found Marquez Callaway to move the sticks on first down. He continued to drive his team down the field and found Callaway again, this time it was a 39-yard throw for a touchdown. Guarantano was money on throw and the Vols were now up 28-0.

Daniel Bituli officially announced his return to the lineup with a nice tackle up the gut to stop the Moccasins’ next third down attempt. Another punt was on the way, giving the Vols a chance to put this one away early in the second quarter.

A nine play, 82-yard drive ended with another play action pass on third down for a touchdown. This time, it was Cedric Tillman who found the middle of the end zone from 28 yards out. The score was now 35-0 and the Vols were rolling with 5:22 left in the first half.

The defense forced another punt. This time, it was J.T. Shrout’s turn at quarterback on offense. He overthrew Romel Keyton, resulting in a Chattanooga interception, but a roughing-the-passer call on Telvin Jones negated the turnover. A miscommunication between he and Johnson left the Vols with a 4th-and-9. Pruitt would decide to go for it instead of punting the ball away and it worked. Shrout found Tillman for a short gain, but Tillman was able to break several tackles and get the first down.

Shrout couldn’t get the team into the end zone, but Cimaglia hit his tenth straight field goal - a 34-yarder - and the Vols led 38-0 with :41 seconds left in the half.

The onslaught continued right out of the gate after halftime. A bad snap to the punter allowed the Vols to take over at the UTC 33. Maurer was back in at quarterback for this drive, pretty much signaling the end of Guarantano’s day.

UT made it look easy, driving 33 yards in three plays. Maurer showed off his athleticism by scampering into the end zone from six yards out for the Vols’ sixth touchdown of the day. They now led 45-0 early in the third quarter.

Tiano was able to drive UTC into Tennessee territory after finding Lameric Tucker on a nice 15-yard pass to convert a third down, but the Moccasin quarterback and his offense were ultimately faced with a 4th-and-3 from the Tennessee 26. A quick swing pass to Bryce Nunnelly in the flat was enough to convert and UTC would remain on the move.

The Moccasins found themselves in another fourth down situation. This time it was from the Vols’ 13, but they weren’t able to convert. Tennessee took over on downs, looking for another score.

Maurer was the man again, but he and the offense went three-and-out, leaving Joe Doyle to punt from deep in his own territory.

UTC decided to bring in Drayton Arnold at quarterback, but things went south quickly as Jeremy Banks picked off his second pass attempt of the drive. It took just four plays for Arnold and the offense to turn it over and the Vols would start on offense deep in UTC territory, again.

Shrout was back in at quarterback, couldn’t convert a 4th-and-4, leaving the Vols to punt.

Neither team got anything done until late in the fourth quarter when the Moccasins found themselves at the UT 12. It looked like they had their first score of the day when Henderson made an sick, one-handed grab for a touchdown, but it was called back due to an offensive pass interference call on Henderson himself. The penalty was enough to prevent the Moccasins from scoring, preserving the shutout.

Tennessee would go on to win, 45-0. It marks the first win of the season for Pruitt and the Vols after two devastating losses to open the season.

The Vols travel to Gainesville next Saturday to take on the Gators in The Swamp. It will be another early kickoff, as the action is set to begin at 12PM EST.

You can check out the final score and stats here.

Pride of the Southland band wears shirts with UT logo worn by bullied Tennessee football fan – Knoxville News Sentinel

Pride of the Southland band wears shirts with UT logo worn by bullied Tennessee football fan  Knoxville News Sentinel

The Pride of the Southland Marching Band wore custom shirts during Tennessee's game against Chattanooga to honor a bullied UT fan.

Chattanooga vs. Tennessee Football Recap: Vols Decimate Mocs, 45-0 – Rocky Top Talk

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Tennessee football vs. Chattanooga Mocs: Vols live stream, game time, TV info – All for Tennessee

Tennessee football vs. Chattanooga Mocs: Vols live stream, game time, TV info  All for Tennessee

Jeremy Pruitt's second team is looking for its first win as Tennessee football hosts UT Chattanooga. Here is our preview for the Volunteers and Mocs.

ESPN Has 2 Top 10 Teams On “Upset Alert” Today – The Spun

ESPN Has 2 Top 10 Teams On “Upset Alert” Today  The Spun

ESPN has two top 10 teams on "upset alert" heading into this afternoon's games in Week 3 of the 2019 season today.

Tennessee vs. Chattanooga: Kickoff time, TV channel, Streaming link – Rocky Top Talk

Tennessee vs. Chattanooga: Kickoff time, TV channel, Streaming link  Rocky Top Talk

Game No. 3 of the 2019 season kicks off today at Neyland Stadium with the Tennessee Volunteers still in search of their first win of the season. Tennessee has ...

How to watch and Gamethread: Tennessee vs. Chattanooga

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Will it be the first win of the season for Tennessee?

Game No. 3 of the 2019 season kicks off today at Neyland Stadium with the Tennessee Volunteers still in search of their first win of the season. Tennessee has dropped two straight home contests to open the year, losing to Georgia State and BYU.

Next up today are the Chattanooga Mocs, who sit at 1-1 on the year.

Will this be a drama-free blowout win like it should be? Or will the Mocs make this one interesting in the second half? I’m not sure anyone knows for certain at this point.

If all goes well, this could be a spot where Jeremy Pruitt and Jim Chaney are able to see what they’ve got being Jarrett Guarantano. Could we see JT Shrout or Brian Maurer get significant time on Saturday? Let’s hope that’s the only drama we see.


Gameday Information

TV Channel: SEC Network

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Kickoff Time: Noon ET

Streaming: Watch ESPN

Radio: Vol Network

Odds: Tennessee -28

Tennessee football vs. Chattanooga: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Tennessee football vs. Chattanooga: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Rocky Top? More like rocky bottom for coach Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee, who will be trying to avoid the program's third 0-3 start in 31 years when FCS ...

Bishop England vs. Philip Simmons highlights | Friday Night Rivals High School Football – ABC NEWS 4

Bishop England vs. Philip Simmons highlights | Friday Night Rivals High School Football  ABC NEWS 4

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