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ESPN most important game for Tennessee

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Most important game: Tennessee

June, 25, 2014

JUN 25

3:30

PM ET

By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com


We continue our "Most important game" series, which looks at the most important game for each SEC team in 2014. These are the games that will have the biggest impact on the league race or hold special meaning for one of the teams involved. Today we take a look at Tennessee.

2633.gifMost important game: Nov. 22 vs. Missouri

Key players: By this point in the season, we'll know plenty about Tennessee's offense. Whether the quarterback situation is ironed out once Missouri gets into town is a mystery at this point, but all signs point to Justin Worley as being the starter heading into the season. His play will be crucial to Tennessee's success. Inconsistency at quarterback doomed this offense last year, but Worley showed some promise. Eyes also will be on sophomore Marquez North, who led Tennessee with 496 receiving yards last season. That number will have to increase if this offense is going to get off the ground, but North could have a big day against a very inexperienced Missouri secondary. The hope in Knoxville is that North gets some help from true freshman Josh Malone and junior college transfer Von Pearson. Both were on campus during the spring and both have the big-play ability to give Worley a chance to make some big plays against this secondary. Tennessee lost all five starters along its offensive line, but junior Marcus Jackson is back after redshirting last year. Behind him, you have running backs Marlin Lane and Jalen Hurd, who will have to be active against a solid Missouri defensive line. Hurd could be the one to watch, as he has the skill to be a star in this league. On defense, linebackers Curt Maggitt and A.J. Johnson will be key. Johnson will have to direct things and contain Mizzou's explosive running game, while Maggitt will have to generate consistent pressure on quarterback Maty Mauk, considering the Vols also are rebuilding their entire defensive line. Safety Brian Randolph and cornerback Cameron Sutton will have to be on their toes against Mauk, who isn't afraid to sling the ball around.

Why it matters: With so many questions surrounding this team, we don't know if the Vols are a bowl team right now. The month of September has zero gimmies for Butch Jones' group, and October features Florida, Ole Miss and Alabama. With trips to Oklahoma and Georgia on the September slate, Tennessee needs to go at least 2-2 before October arrives, where Tennessee has to get at least one win (Chattanooga). The Florida game (Oct. 4) is important -- and the Vols could certainly win it -- but the season isn't over if Tennessee loses it. That might not be the case against Mizzou. Kentucky and Vanderbilt are on the schedule in November, so those wins are important, too. But dropping the Missouri game could end all hope for the postseason. If Tennessee wants to make it back to a bowl game for the first time since 2010, it has to beat Missouri. Two years ago, this game took four overtimes to complete and pretty much cost the Vols a trip to the postseason. Tennessee can't afford to let history repeat itself.

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I fully expect us to dominate Utah State and Arky St. I also fully expect to be overmatched by OU this year. UGA will be 1-2 when we visit and expect to beat them. At Florida should be a good with both teams having 1 loss (both blowouts) and has to be a tossup right now. A lay up with Chattanooga will see the Vols at 4-2/5-1. A trip to the grove is a toss up right now at this will be a case of who wants it more. Hosting Bama for an L moves UT to 4-4 to 6-2. That leaves @SC as the last question before 3 WS to finish out the year

Worst case 6-6 best case 9-3 realisticly 7-5/8-4. It will be a question of QB play. Average QB play and we can scheme around everything else. QB play like last year and we are a 6-6 team.

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11-1 ftw

took back to drinkin I see............ha

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took back to drinkin I see............ha

Mexican speedball....
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UGA will be 1-2 when we visit and expect to beat them.

You really expect Clemson to beat UGA again?

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You really expect Clemson to beat UGA again?

Neither team will be as good as it was last year on O but UGA should be an abortion early. Its going to take about half the season for UGA to get itself into a winning team this year. I expect a horrible start (as usual) with a very strong finish. That includes losing to both Carolina programs.

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A game in late November is UT's most important? :lol:

That's their next to last game of the season; they better figure out what they're about a whole helluva lot sooner than that.

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A game in late November is UT's most important? :lol:

That's their next to last game of the season; they better figure out what they're about a whole helluva lot sooner than that.

last weekend in October....
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Neither team will be as good as it was last year on O but UGA should be an abortion early. Its going to take about half the season for UGA to get itself into a winning team this year. I expect a horrible start (as usual) with a very strong finish. That includes losing to both Carolina programs.

No matter how wrong you have been the past 3 years, I wouldnt expect any different from you. You really do have an inability to objectively view UGA.

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A game in late November is UT's most important? :lol:

That's their next to last game of the season; they better figure out what they're about a whole helluva lot sooner than that.

This. Unless a bowl game is on the line this article is ridiculous.

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UGA should be an abortion early.

I am sure your reasoning is sound as usual.

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They are way too optimistic

This will be the worst year yet

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last weekend in October....

Yeah, Bama will definitely be y'all's biggest rivalry game; but there's a 3-game stretch at the beginning of the season, after your gimme's, where you play OU, UGA, and UF... I'd say that UGA game is where you'll find out what you're really made of, and you have a bye before it.

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This could be a good ball game

oh,excuse me,I dosed off,let's see,is Andy Griffith on?

troll head,etc.

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Yeah, Bama will definitely be y'all's biggest rivalry game; but there's a 3-game stretch at the beginning of the season, after your gimme's, where you play OU, UGA, and UF... I'd say that UGA game is where you'll find out what you're really made of, and you have a bye before it.

last weekend in October...
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5-7 is most likely

6-6 is possible

7-5 would be great

8-4 aint happening

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5-7 is most likely

6-6 is possible

7-5 would be great

8-4 aint happening

Yeah probably

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