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UT is going bowling

Tennessee's football team will have to buy some bowling shoes after defeating Vanderbilt 31-24 in both team's final regular season game at Vanderbilt Stadium.

The Vols enter the undecided bowl game with a 6-6 record, one win better than last year's 5-7 mark.

It is the youngest team in college football's Power Five conferences. They started seven freshmen against the Commodores.

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They've grown up fast

Tennessee's young'uns are coming of age.

After a modest two-game win streak over South Carolina and Kentucky, Coach Butch Jones' Vols can leave this season on a even more positive note by beating No. 19 Missouri and in-state rival Vanderbilt.

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Upsets have become common

Every week that passes, I grow more anxious to see the finished product that will be the inaugural College Football Playoff field of four teams.

A committee has been appointed to select what it deems the four best college football teams.

Are you kidding me? No college football coach of one of the teams currently in the conversation will be able to survive without incurring some mental scars.

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Finally!

It's been a long time coming for Butch Jones and Tennessee's football team.

You could see improvement in previous games, but every time they had a chance to win, they came up short. It was wearing thin.

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Foster is the bell cow for Houston

Any NFL team with playoff goals has to have important individual pieces.

On offense, you have to have a solid quarterback who can make all the throws and read defenses.

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I am the college footbal czar

Now that we have an ebola czar, I hereby humbly declare myself college football czar.

With all respect to NCAA's Grand Pooh-bah Bill Hancock and the 13 voters who will whittle this year's inaugural championship playoff to four teams, I declare it is grossly unfair to limit the field to four teams.

I have a novel idea of how we can decide the eight teams to battle it out for the national championship.

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Titans need a win in D.C.

In any sport, winning beats losing. It's why they keep score.

In the case of the Titans, what a difference a week made. Last week, they dropped a close 29-28 decision to the visiting Cleveland Browns. It was lost in the most bizarre fashion - taking a 28-3 lead only to allow the Browns to score 26 unanswered points.

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Think about it

The Titans honored former kicker Rob Bironas before Sunday's NFL game against Cleveland.

They showed a video montage of highlights of his nine seasons with the Titans.

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Vols are headed in the right direction

Tennessee's football team is on the right track.

Yes, they lost a tough 35-32 game to No. 12 Georgia. It's a hostile atmosphere between the hedges, especially when you have a freshman-sophomore dominated team like the Vols.

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Titans have work to do

When a quarterback plays well and his team does the same, it is the quarterback that gets most of the credit.

If a quarterback has a bad day, odds are his team will find ways to lose. The quarterback then gets most of the blame.

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A yardstick game for UT

Tennessee fans looked at the Oklahoma game as a measuring stick to determine just how far second year coach Butch Jones has taken this program.

The Vol Nation is hungry for success, after dismal results produced by former head coaches, Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley.

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Well done, Big Ten

At this time I would like to congratulate the Big Ten for making the committee’s job easier when they decide on the four best college football teams in the country to play in the inaugural college football playoff.

The Big Ten graciously removed its teams from further consideration by the second week of the season.

Michigan State went into the second week ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press media poll.

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College football finally arrives

Finally.

After talking, writing and drafting fantasy teams, the college football season is here.

And the surprises, they were aplenty.

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Two disturbing incidents

The NFL has had its share of players who have broken the law. Some have served jail time for murder, domestic abuse, using and selling drugs.
    
College football has similar problems. Four Notre Dame football players face expulsion from the program and the school for academic cheating.

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The calm before the storm
The calm before the storm

This week is the calm before the storm for Vanderbilt and Tennessee’s football teams.
    
Both teams are in final preparation stages before kick-starting their seasons. They get a jump-start on other SEC teams. With the excitement generated by the SEC Network, they want to play their best, if for no other reason than pride.

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Observations from a wet LP Field
Joe Biddle
Observations from a wet LP Field

If you were one of the football fans at LP Field on the soggiest of soggy Saturdays, you are probably still trying to dry out.
    
Despite the deluge of rain that turned LP Field into Niagara Falls South, the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers played on. There were some nuggets to take away from the Titans 20-16 win.

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Vols, Vandy have lots in common
Vols, Vandy have lots in common

As the college football season debuts in days, in-state rivals Tennessee and Vanderbilt share one thing in common.
    
They both have a lot of work to do before teeing it up.

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Titans refute national media

The consensus among national media that cover the NFL is gloomy when it comes to the Titans.

Another losing season, they say. They forecast another season without making the playoffs. No surprise. The Titans haven’t gone there since 2008.

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Questions abound in the SEC

The annual Southeastern Conference Football Media Days have always been met with excitement by the media that covers the most successful league in college football.

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Fun at Cumberland -- Part II

The laughter erupting at Cumberland University’s Memorial Hall last Thursday (July 10) was proof something special was going on inside the historic landmark.
    
It was the induction of three sports columnists into the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame.

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Fun times at CU Thursday

If you want to hear some humorous stories from three of the best sportswriters in this state, Cumberland University’s Memorial Hall is the place to be Thursday night.
    
It is the annual Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame induction dinner.

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Vandy managed to overcome
Vandy managed to overcome

Vanderbilt’s 2014 national championship baseball team is not unlike a number of those teams preceding them.

Rarely do you find a college baseball team that doesn’t encounter adversity during a long season. The last team standing must find ways to overcome that adversity.

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How cool would this be?
How cool would this be?

How cool would it be if Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin joined Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt as national champions of their respective alphabet organizations?
    
Cooler than cool.

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VU's Corbin made the right call

Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin’s decision to by-pass star pitcher Tyler Beede for the College World Series opener against Louisville raised more than a few eyebrows on West End.

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'Dores headed to Omaha
'Dores headed to Omaha

Off to Omaha -- that is Vanderbilt baseball team’s destination, home of the College World Series.

“It’s not easy," Commodores Coach Tim Corbin said after his team smothered Stanford, 12-5, in a winner-take-all game at Hawkins Field Sunday. “I’m proud of how they came back from last night."

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