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Rocky Top Talking Points: Saturday

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  • The biggest challenge for the Vols today is stopping Air Force's odd flexbone triple option attack.  During an interview earlier this week, defensive coordinator said he's seen nothing like it since he's been at Tennessee.  The closest comparison he could come up with was the Nebraska offense we saw in bowl games a couple of times back in the 90s.  That's sure to encourage nightmares for Vol fans.
  • The Season of Which We Do Not Speak is still doing its work.  Today's match up against Air Force is positioned as the perfect let down game, sandwiched between a huge season-opener against Cal last week and a huge SEC-opener against the Gators next week.  All indications are, though, that the team still feels the pain of last season and won't allow a let down.
  • John Pennington notes that UT offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe was mentioned during halftime of last night's NFL season-opener.  Apparently, Giants QB Eli Manning called Cutcliffe after throwing three interceptions in the game that knocked them out of the playoffs.  Cutcliffe told Manning that his footwork was terrible, and Manning then asked Ole Miss coaches to send him tapes of his old footwork regimen.  The NFL coaches might not like that too much, but there is no doubt that Cutcliffe knows his quarterbacks.
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  • Also have a look at Inside Tennessee's Devil's Advocate piece.  Jeffrey Stewart draws the Vols, and Randy Moore has the more daunting task of making a case for why Air Force might have a chance today.