Tennessee Volunteers - Mississippi State Bulldogs open game thread

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October 13 , 2007, 2:30 p.m. EST
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No. 24 (BlogPoll)

NR (BlogPoll)

 

Tennessee rush
v.
Mississippi State defense
Tennessee pass
v.
Mississippi State defense
Mississippi State rush
v.
Tennessee defense
Mississippi State pass
v.
Tennessee defense
67 29 76 74
42 29 51 116
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Field Goals
Tennessee punting
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Mississippi State punt return
Mississippi State punting
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Tennessee punt return
Intangibles
T-19 65 116  
T-77 104 60  
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Wow. I wasn't expecting that. Mississippi State appears to have several advantages, based on national rankings. It appears they'll be able to stop our running game, and it's looking like we may not able to stop theirs. They'll also have the advantage when punting the ball unless Jonathan Hefney can take another step from not losing any yardage on punts to actually gaining some.

And if you're thinking that our respective schedules may indicate that the national rankings can't be trusted, well, have a look:

Mississippi State
DATE OPPONENT RESULT/TIME
08/30 #2 LSU 45-0
09/08 at Tulane 38-17
09/15 at Auburn 19-14
09/22 Gardner Webb 31-15
09/29 at #16 S Carolina 38-21
10/06 UAB 30-13
Tennessee
DATE OPPONENT RESULT/TIME
09/01 at #12 California 45-31
09/08 So Miss 39-19
09/15 at #5 Florida 59-20
09/22 Arkansas St 48-27
10/06 #12 Georgia 35-14

We've lost to two ranked teams and beaten one. They've lost to two ranked teams and beaten Auburn, who's beaten Florida, one of the teams to which we lost. That, plus give the intangibles to the Bulldogs, since they're at home and we're in a sandwich game. This is a real game, folks.

ttocswob wins this week's Hail Mary Haiku, with Hemingway says:

Hemingway says,
Mississippi State
Ask not for whom the cowbell
tolls...it tolls for thee!
by ttocswob

This should be a close one. I'm going with Tennessee, 28-24.

Leave your predictions and pre-, in-, and post-game thoughts below.

Go Vols!

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