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Rocky Top Talking Points: bye week Thursday staying humble edition

  • The first BCS Standings will be unveiled on Fox Sports at 4:15 p.m. EST this Sunday during NFL postgame coverage.  Here are the dates and approximate times of subsequent BCS announcements: Oct. 15 (4:15 p.m.), Oct. 22 (7:30 p.m.), Oct. 29 (4:15 p.m.), Nov. 5 (4:15 p.m.), Nov. 12 (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 19 (4:15 p.m.), Nov. 26 (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 3 (8 p.m.).
  • Basketball coach Bruce Pearl is already working on the expectations of Vol fans:
    As I said [last year], and I'll say again now, I felt like we were going to have two first years. Perhaps this one is going to look more like a traditional first year than any other.
     Last year, all he did was turn an underachieving team into an overachieving one, beating eventual national champion Florida twice and earning a No. 2 Big Dance berth.  This season, Pearl must replace guard C.J. Watson, who graduated, and center Major Wingate, who was dismissed.  This team will be the youngest Pearl's ever coached, and it appears he'll be starting at least a couple, perhaps three, true freshmen. has posted an interview with coach Pearl.
  • Speaking of expectations and keeping the proper frame of mind, coach Fulmer has said that this weekend is an extremely dangerous one for the football team even though they're not playing:
    This is a dangerous time for us, a very dangerous time for us. They're going to go home [for fall break] and everybody's going to tell them how good they are and everything, and that's not true.

    Don't be playing pickup basketball, don't be running around with your old high school buddies that the reason they're not in college is they didn't do their school work or they got their butts in trouble.

  • More on the same theme: Erik Ainge on getting some Heisman talk:
    That kind of stuff is fun, but being on the Heisman list doesn't win you football games. I don't get caught up in it, the guys on the team don't get caught up in the hype. It won't affect us at all. Obviously that stuff's fun on a personal level, but it never got us a first down.
  • Loser with Socks on the BCS and the SEC:
    I happen to think that Ohio State is a supremely talented team, possibly the most talented in the country. But that's not the point. The point is that teams in the SEC face the near-impossible task of playing their best every single Saturday. Because the middle teams in this conference are capable of beating any team in the country on any Saturday. The same can't be said for other conferences. SEC Champions will almost always have a loss or two, and because of that a team like Louisville or West Virginia will rank higher in the final BCS Standings.

    SEC fans already know the BCS is a joke. Our National Championship is played in Atlanta on the first Saturday of December.