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The 2014 Most Important Game of the Year...(regular season)

Posted: 7/7/2014 12:10 AM

The 2014 Most Important Game of the Year...(regular season) 


I formally declared, here, that the Georgia game was the most important game of the season for us to win--last year.  This was because it came after our appalling, didn't get off the bus, loss in Athens in 2012.

This year, I'm wondering who most think should be our most important win?

South Carolina, Georgia (Athens), Missouri (Columbia) or Florida.

This year, I'm thinking South Carolina (retribution for 2012 opener), retribution for our 2013 terrible pass to Cunningham when Tate was in beast-mode, and to retire Steve Spurrier.  If Steve Spurrier doesn't win the SEC this year...with his team (and it's not perfect), he is looking at rebuilding.  Let us, politely, retire him...in OUR house.

As an afterthought, the Vols are meh...I'll be there to hate them (and watch them lose, again).

And, yes, Temple is the most important upcoming game, now.  That's not what I'm asking.

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Posted: 7/7/2014 1:23 AM

Re: OLE MISS. A win over a very good Ole Miss team... 



FormidableDORES wrote: I formally declared, here, that the Georgia game was the most important game of the season for us to win--last year.  This was because it came after our appalling, didn't get off the bus, loss in Athens in 2012.

This year, I'm wondering who most think should be our most important win?

South Carolina, Georgia (Athens), Missouri (Columbia) or Florida.

This year, I'm thinking South Carolina (retribution for 2012 opener), retribution for our 2013 terrible pass to Cunningham when Tate was in beast-mode, and to retire Steve Spurrier.  If Steve Spurrier doesn't win the SEC this year...with his team (and it's not perfect), he is looking at rebuilding.  Let us, politely, retire him...in OUR house.

As an afterthought, the Vols are meh...I'll be there to hate them (and watch them lose, again).

And, yes, Temple is the most important upcoming game, now.  That's not what I'm asking.
with (unarguably imo) the best quarterback in the SEC could set the tone for an arse-kicking season.

Will NOT be an easy game to win. Never is against the Rebels. Basically year-in, year-out, since it's usually our first SEC game and the teams are generally fairly even, this is a HUMONGUOUS game.

In fact, the winner tends to go on and have a pretty good season.

The loser? Well, not so much.

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Posted: 7/7/2014 5:22 AM

Re: OLE MISS. A win over a very good Ole Miss team... 


I'd argue a little with that last statement, Bek. We lost to Ole Miss last year and wound up having a good year...and a better record than the Rebels.

Assuming we take care of business against our non-conference opponents, the key game to me is at Kentucky on September 27. Win that one, and we become bowl-eligible with one more win.

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Posted: 7/7/2014 7:07 AM

Re: That's why I said "generally." 



GoldenFlakes wrote: I'd argue a little with that last statement, Bek. We lost to Ole Miss last year and wound up having a good year...and a better record tha the Rebels.

Assuming we take care of business against our non-conference opponents, the key game to me is at Kentucky on September 27. Win that one, and we become bowl-eligible with one more win.

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Posted: 7/7/2014 7:40 AM

Re: OLE MISS. A win over a very good Ole Miss team... 



GoldenFlakes wrote: I'd argue a little with that last statement, Bek. We lost to Ole Miss last year and wound up having a good year...and a better record tha the Rebels.

Assuming we take care of business against our non-conference opponents, the key game to me is at Kentucky on September 27. Win that one, and we become bowl-eligible with one more win.

I've got to agree with Bek on this.  Beat Ole Miss, in front of a huge crowd, on national TV, and set the tone for the rest of the season.  Lose, and we have to overcome not only the loss, but the press saying "well Mason is certainly no Franklin and it shows they will never be that good."  We simply HAVE to beat Ole Mess.
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Posted: 7/7/2014 8:02 AM

Re: OLE MISS. A win over a very good Ole Miss team... 



Cdore78 wrote:
GoldenFlakes wrote: I'd argue a little with that last statement, Bek. We lost to Ole Miss last year and wound up having a good year...and a better record tha the Rebels.

Assuming we take care of business against our non-conference opponents, the key game to me is at Kentucky on September 27. Win that one, and we become bowl-eligible with one more win.

I've got to agree with Bek on this.  Beat Ole Miss, in front of a huge crowd, on national TV, and set the tone for the rest of the season.  Lose, and we have to overcome not only the loss, but the press saying "well Mason is certainly no Franklin and it shows they will never be that good."  We simply HAVE to beat Ole Mess.
The only reason I don't necessarily agree with the thought that a loss to Ole Miss would mean that "Mason isn't Franklin" is that, well, Franklin himself lost at home to Ole Miss last year, so CDM losing to Ole Miss in Nashville would be doing exactly what Franklin did.

Listening to an ACS interview after the season, that was a devastating loss inside the locker room because our senior-laden team had dreams of doing some really special things.

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Posted: 7/7/2014 8:06 AM

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UT hands down. Mason needs to prove he can beat the team out east, it will help our recruiting in state and hopefully slow the Vawls down. UT is also a game that will likely be close to a toss up and could be major in deciding our postseason fate.
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Posted: 7/7/2014 8:23 AM

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vandy735 wrote: UT hands down. Mason needs to prove he can beat the team out east, it will help our recruiting in state and hopefully slow the Vawls down. UT is also a game that will likely be close to a toss up and could be major in deciding our postseason fate.
I tend to agree.  Ole Miss will also be an important game, but beating Tennessee is important.  I've said it before, but this is an interesting season for us and the Vols.  I want to see what a Mason-led team looks like over the course of a season.  I also want to see how UT plays, because honestly, they could end up anywhere from 7-5 or 3-9 (pre-bowl, obviously)... and none of those outcomes would really "surprise" me.  With this being such a pivotal season for the two rivals, I think that game will be critical.  Make no mistake, if Butch is sub-.500 including a loss to Vandy, there will be mattresses ablaze in Knoxville...

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Posted: 7/7/2014 8:38 AM

UT 


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Posted: 7/7/2014 8:45 AM

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Our opening game is one of the first on national TV...I know, I know, it's only Temple; however, shutting them out while scoring on almost every possession will send a message to every other SEC team...a message that Derek Mason IS The Man...

How do you think umiss will react if we beat Temple 72--0? Then the umiss game becomes an even bigger game...and, as long as we continue to win, every SEC game becomes the "next big game"...

Folks, I think Coach Mason (and a determined football squad) will set opposing SEC fans 'back on their heels' especially if we should be 5--0 going into the GA game...

Dreaming? Well, maybe or maybe not...certainly the potential is there...

umiss' offense is "tailor made" for Mason & Co to shut down...kyjelly is at least 2 years away from winning in the SEC...scar has a 'largely unproven' senior QB that likely has never seen a true 3--4 D (yes, he's practiced against a 5--2--4) but I'm sure that Coach will have some wrinkles that will confuse scar...

All you Negative Nancy's and Naysayers can jump on now because you don't realize that this is truly a Brand New Vanderbilt...but just be prepared to eat plenty of crow this season--and it will never have tasted better, I'm sure...


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Posted: 7/7/2014 10:43 AM

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Lets just beat Temple and give the guys some confidence.  Particulary at QB.  That is the most important next game.  After that one week at a time.
Beat Temple!





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Posted: 7/7/2014 11:05 AM

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I agree with FormidableDORES (and his lots, and, lots of, money) about Carolina.   I think the USC game will show how Mason and his staff handles top echelon SEC competition in terms of preparation, scheme, and adjustment. Plus, Carolina beat us pretty good two of the three years CJF was here.  If Mason beats USC (or at least scares the crap out of them, especially if USC has a win over UGA coming into the game), it will do a lot to erase the "Franklin mystique" that a lot of the naysayers are hanging onto and using to justify some of these less-than-stellar preseason predictions.

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Posted: 7/7/2014 11:21 AM

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Am actually going with Temple. They could be surprisingly good given that the coaching has had a chance to solidify. According to Bruce Feldman today they have some freakish big athletes. They will be looking to make a statement and it will be CDM's first game ever as head coach. If we don't win, a bowl game looks like a longshot.

I for one am really looking forward to it.

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Posted: 7/7/2014 11:27 AM

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Ole Miss. Hands down.
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Posted: 7/7/2014 11:41 AM

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I don't want to sound like Coach P___h, but Temple is huge. A win may not mean much, but a loss would be pretty terrible. As CM Newton said, focusing on the next game is the only sane way to approach the season. Let other most important games come over the horizon as we get to them. For now, let's do everything in our power to beat Temple--and beat them soundly!
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Posted: 7/7/2014 11:59 AM

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I don't know that I would say that Dylan Thompson (South Carolina) is unproven, or that he hasn't faced a 3-4.  Thompson has had two 300+ yard games, one of them being against East Carolina in 2012, (which ran a base 3-4 defense).

VanDSIRROM wrote: Our opening game is one of the first on national TV...I know, I know, it's only Temple; however, shutting them out while scoring on almost every possession will send a message to every other SEC team...a message that Derek Mason IS The Man...

How do you think umiss will react if we beat Temple 72--0? Then the umiss game becomes an even bigger game...and, as long as we continue to win, every SEC game becomes the "next big game"...

Folks, I think Coach Mason (and a determined football squad) will set opposing SEC fans 'back on their heels' especially if we should be 5--0 going into the GA game...

Dreaming? Well, maybe or maybe not...certainly the potential is there...

umiss' offense is "tailor made" for Mason & Co to shut down...kyjelly is at least 2 years away from winning in the SEC...scar has a 'largely unproven' senior QB that likely has never seen a true 3--4 D (yes, he's practiced against a 5--2--4) but I'm sure that Coach will have some wrinkles that will confuse scar...

All you Negative Nancy's and Naysayers can jump on now because you don't realize that this is truly a Brand New Vanderbilt...but just be prepared to eat plenty of crow this season--and it will never have tasted better, I'm sure...


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Posted: 7/7/2014 12:16 PM

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At Kentucky, will be tough early in the season, the viles will be depleted and down again by the time we play. OM game is not a season breaker.
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Posted: 7/7/2014 12:23 PM

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vumccree wrote: At Kentucky, will be tough early in the season, the viles will be depleted and down again by the time we play. OM game is not a season breaker.
Kentucky falls between South Carolina and Georgia, while Kentucky will be coming off of a bye week.  It could wind up being a tougher game than some think.

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Posted: 7/7/2014 12:26 PM

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I agree.

SCAR/Georgia game will decide the SEC East champion this year. 


madmaxvol wrote: I don't know that I would say that Dylan Thompson (South Carolina) is unproven, or that he hasn't faced a 3-4.  Thompson has had two 300+ yard games, one of them being against East Carolina in 2012, (which ran a base 3-4 defense).

VanDSIRROM wrote: Our opening game is one of the first on national TV...I know, I know, it's only Temple; however, shutting them out while scoring on almost every possession will send a message to every other SEC team...a message that Derek Mason IS The Man...

How do you think umiss will react if we beat Temple 72--0? Then the umiss game becomes an even bigger game...and, as long as we continue to win, every SEC game becomes the "next big game"...

Folks, I think Coach Mason (and a determined football squad) will set opposing SEC fans 'back on their heels' especially if we should be 5--0 going into the GA game...

Dreaming? Well, maybe or maybe not...certainly the potential is there...

umiss' offense is "tailor made" for Mason & Co to shut down...kyjelly is at least 2 years away from winning in the SEC...scar has a 'largely unproven' senior QB that likely has never seen a true 3--4 D (yes, he's practiced against a 5--2--4) but I'm sure that Coach will have some wrinkles that will confuse scar...

All you Negative Nancy's and Naysayers can jump on now because you don't realize that this is truly a Brand New Vanderbilt...but just be prepared to eat plenty of crow this season--and it will never have tasted better, I'm sure...


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Posted: 7/7/2014 12:39 PM

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And, as predicted, the Vile poser-lemmings march-in.

We should cleanse this board with Clorox...or, in the alternative, can we simply suggest Slimfast?...to scare them away.

Don/Karen, I have a problem with their being here...but, I'm very open to free speech (as such, I'd never ask either of you to act).  I don't believe I ever have.  I will never wish-away/ask-away a nasty, pro-SOV, Vile...I will simply deal with them as I do in my business dealings.

Ask yourself, what would our founder have done?

Incidentally, I've already paid the caterers for my tailgate to LP Field.  All are welcome.  The Vols are welcome, as well...their dishes will be placed, carefully, upon the ground.
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