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Random musings as we join Tony in focusing on the positives of our courageous football team. A team that still has a chance to fulfill the preseason goal of going 10-2 and winning the SEC East.

THE BAD NEWS? WE ARE A GOOD DISTANCE FROM THE TOP OF THE SEC: Butch Jones' fourth Tennessee team definitely had the front line talent to win the SEC East. Now, we'll see if this program has the depth to win the East. Based on last Saturday, an injury-depleted Tennessee team is further away from an SEC Championship than it looked in Tuscaloosa last year.

THE GOOD NEWS? WE PLAY IN THE SEC EAST: The Southeastern Conference Eastern Division has lost the last seven SEC title games in a row. You have to go back to the 2008 Florida Gator team to find a champion from the East. That Gator team went on to a natty behind Tim Tebow. During that seven-year run, Alabama has won the league four times, Auburn twice and LSU once. (That's why Les Miles is watching games on TV right now). Two things you'll never be able to take away from this Tennessee team and this fan base: wins over Florida and Georgia that will be remembered for generations to come.

WE AGREE WITH STEVE: Steve Spurrier opined recently that the divisional champions of the SEC should be determined by intra-division play only. Makes sense. Makes it a level playing field and removes the disadvantage Tennessee has when Alabama is really good, which is most of the time. We think "White Flag Tony" might go along with us on this one.

PRESCRIPTION FOR GETTING TO ATLANTA? OFFENSE. To be sure, the loss of Alvin Kamara is a tough blow to the Vol offense, but the other skill position players should be good to go a week from tomorrow and there is reason to believe the offensive line will be reasonably intact. And, QB Josh Dobbs seems to have come through the gauntlet okay and will be very important in this run. Did we say run? So, this veteran offense is going to have to carry this team down the stretch and keep this decimated defense off the field. That means OC Mike Debord and staff need to run the football effectively and then set up big plays in the passing game. Will Muschump has his South Carolina defense playing fairly salty, despite giving up a ton of yards rushing. Kentucky is the worst defensive team we'll play down the stretch but the Wildcat running game may get traction, so Dobbs and Company need to ring up a bunch of points at home. Missouri is off from their outstanding defensive teams in the past few years but HC Barry Odom is a defensive guy. Probably the best defense our Vols will play from here on out will be Vanderbilt, as HC Derek "Radio" Mason has his team playing their best football right now. We could easily be pulled into a low-scoring, ugly game at Nashville.

NOW, SHOOP PROVES HIS WORTH: We were a little tough on DC Bob Shoop on Monday, maybe too tough, but he's making a lot of dough, he talks a lot of smack and our expectations are high. There's no question that the DT position can't take any more attrition but we think DL coach Steve Stripling is great at bringing people along. There is reason to believe that LB Darrin Kirkland Jr. will come back soon and maybe S Nigel Warrior will be worked in to make the Vols more athletic in the back end. Maybe. We've almost given up hope that reserve slot receiver Tyler Byrd will be switched to corner, but we have reason to believe that folks in the football office read, so we'll keep bitching about it. (Actually, we're going to bitch about it for the next two or three years). Probably, the best offense we'll play in November is Missouri, and Kentucky can run it. South Carolina and Vandy are basically terrible, although the Commodores can run it some with RB Ralph Webb. Again, we'll emphasize that Butch Jones and Mike Debord need to help out their defense by running the ball and milking the clock when possible.

SPEAKING OF ATLANTA ... DO WE REALLY WANT TO GO? Would it better for us to win out and Florida lose, and have to play Alabama again as the meek representative of the SEC Least? We would probably lose, and go to something like the Citrus Bowl and play somebody like Iowa again. Or, do we want to win out, Florida win out, and the Gators get served up to the Bammers, opening the door for our 10-2 Vols to go to a Big Six bowl game at the Orange in Miami or Sugar. Warning: we would play somebody better like a Houston. Answer: of course, we want to win the SEC East because that is the original goal of the International Geophysical Year of the Volunteers, and who knows what will happen to Alabama between now and then, and who we will get back? Cam Sutton, for one. Maybe more. So, fellow Big Orange fans, would you rather go have fun in Orlando and beat up on a racially-challenged Big 10 team for the third year in a row, or go party on South Beach or Bourbon Street and play a better team?

HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR VOL HOOPS: The SEC created a brief interruption of its football season for a couple of days of basketball talk this week. The attending media picked Kentucky to win the league, of course, and our Volunteers to finish next to last. 13th out of 14th. That's better than the current recruiting effort (or lack thereof), which is tied for last in the nation. Only 21 days until the home opener with Chattanooga.

FOR AMUSEMENT ONLY (16-9 vs. the spread, 59%): We went 3-for-4 last weekend, with our lone blemish being our wooly pick that the Vols would cover a +13 point spread vs. Bama. That was done by halftime. The showdown game tomorrow is Texas A&M at Alabama. The Crimson Tide opened as a hefty 17-point favorite and the line is now at 18.5. We're tempted to take the Aggies and the points but we'll pass and take the Under on a total of 58. We know that's risky because of the A&M defense we saw against our Volunteers and the fact Alabama routinely scores on defense, but we'll take that chance. Arkansas got a big home win over Ole Miss last week, but is a 9.5 road underdog at Auburn. Auburn is clearly improved but we'll take Bret Bielema's Razorbacks to make it closer than that. Speaking of Ole Miss, the Rebs now go to Baton Rouge to play a rested and ready LSU team. The Tigers opened as a three-point pick and that spread has swollen to 5.5. We'll avoid that and take the Under on a total of 60.5. Missouri hosts MTSU and the total is 71.5. This should be a high-scoring affair but we'll take the Under.

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'COACH CLASSIFICATIONS: Though it was my intention to have a blog Open Date, Tony B gave me yet another homework assignment on rather short notice. During The Dean and the Good Doctor Sean Sinclair’s excellent show on Wednesday some discussion on current coaches rankings were briefly mentioned. Especially in terms of how far ahead of the rest of the pack Nick Saban and Urban Meyer appear to be at-present. I couldn’t agree more and believe that Jim Harbaugh is the only current CFB Head Coach that belongs in the discussion. My “next level” selections below could certainly be ranked almost anywhere between 4-10 and several of their teams are having below their previous standards seasons.

Before you proceed I’m sure Tony would want you to know:

BASILIO RADIO FAMILY DISCLAIMER: Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the simpleton that wrote it and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Tony Basilio Radio Family:

So with that out of the way here we go: TOP-10 GENERATIONAL: 1-NICK SABAN-Alabama 2-URBAN MEYER-Ohio State VERY CLOSE 3-JIM HARBAUGH-Michigan NEXT LEVEL 4-MARK DANTONIO-Michigan State 5-DAVID SHAW-Stanford 6-GARY PATTERSON-TCU 7-JIMBO FISHER-Florida St 8-DABO SWINNEY-Clemson 9-CHRIS PETERSEN-Washington 10-BOBBY PETRINO-Louisville





ALL BLING NO RINGS: (Fun but they’re not going to win anything) MIKE LEACH-Wash St; DANA HOLGERSON-WVU; KLIFF KINGSBURY-Texas Tech; DINO BABERS-Syracuse



Well done Beano!!! I can't wait to discuss this with you today. Better sharpen your pencil today big boy....

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We hit the final regular season break of the year for the Volunteer football team. That does not mean there are a shortage of topics to discuss.

1. Derek Barnett is having one of the best seasons ever for a UT defensive linemen. When you think about the legends who have come through here, that speaks volumes.

2. The Tennessee fanbase did not react as negatively as I thought to the Alabama blowout. The narrative will not be nearly so understanding if the Vols lose one or more of these final five.

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3. I can't say I'm surprised to see Tennessee picked 13th in the SEC by the media. It is hard to make a case for a team so young and with so little size on a sight unseen basis.

4. Jordan Bone is the talk of the early practice sessions. Having a true point guard is a luxury Tennessee has lacked for what seems like decades.

5. It appears that Rick Pitino is going to escape any meaningful punishment. It is shocking how much sleaze Louisville is willing to overlook for athletic glory.

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6. The NFL and the Giants should be absolutely ashamed of their handling of the Josh Brown situation. It is hard to envision how they could have made a bigger mess of what should have been an incredibly easy decision.

7. It is fun to see the city of Cleveland having its time in the sporting sun. Lord knows they suffered enough.

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8. The NLCS has been a roller coaster. You have to think there is at least one more breathtaking moment left.

9. The Warriors are going to be a pure joy to watch this season. We all need to realize how fortunate we are to be seeing their greatness.

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Rationalize however you want, but bama is and has been the bench mark for decades. Vol fans would sell their souls to be in their league. Coming from a non Bammer but that's just the way it is.

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Mark: Thanks for getting in touch. I'm not rationalizing anything. Bama isn't anybody's benchmark right now. They're in their own stratosphere. I'm cheering for the rest of college football this year against them. And yes, this goes for Ohio State. Bama is the NWO. They are the globalists. They want a one world government and they want to take our jobs. They are in favor of outsourcing and pro NAFTA. Bama has FEMA camps set up all over the major highways and they are coming for us. Bama must be stopped.

If Tennessee finishes this season 10-2, it's plenty good with me. Even if they don't it will probably be because of injuries. I'm not going to be a cheese mover. Beating Florida and winning the East were my main goals for the year. The Vols achieved one goal and have another in site.


I remember you made a big deal out of Georgia shutting off their scoreboard in Sanford Stadium as soon as Tennessee caught that long pass as time expired. I'm wondering when you're going to get around to ripping Tennessee for doing the exact same thing to us Alabama fans in Neyland stadium. Not sure if this was mentioned on your show this week but the scoreboards read “Tennessee 0, Alabama 0” just seconds after the game ended.

That is sad that Tennessee become “bush league” like so many others. No need for that anywhere. Now, are you going man up and publish this and criticize UT or were you selectively outraged.

Concerned Bama fan...


A paying customer is a paying customer. No need to treat any fan like that ANYTIME. Its piss poor of any home team to treat a visiting team like this. At a time when folks aren't exactly beating down the doors of venues from coast to coast, this is a terrible trend. I hated hearing Georgia did it and after I got it confirmed last night that this happened in Neyland Stadium, I feel terribly that this happened to you. It's childish. Do these stadium people think shutting off scoreboards is going to change the results. It's damn stupid is all I can say.


If you recall, when the SEC first went to the East/West format, everyone was saying that the East was dominant with UT, Florida, and Georgia. They also were saying that the league should be reshuffled to make things fairer. My, my, my how things change. Wait for awhile and things will change again.

Tim (TC not JC)'

Here's a scary thought...Put the Vols in the Western division of the SEC and let them play the schedule Ole Miss will play this year. What's their record?

2016 Ole Miss Football Schedule
Sept. 5 Florida State (Orlando)
Sept. 10 WOFFORD
Sept. 17 ALABAMA
Sept. 24 GEORGIA
Oct. 8 Open date
Oct. 15 at Arkansas
Oct. 22 at LSU
Oct. 29 AUBURN
Nov. 12 at Texas A&M
Nov. 19 at Vanderbilt

Versus that schedule this year I'd have Tennessee beating the following.
Wofford, Georgia, Memphis, Auburn, Ga Southern, @ Vandy & Miss State. I think UT would lose to FSU, At Ark, @LSU, @A&M. That's a cool 8-4 record sports fans. That's the difference between the East and west. While we're playing the likes of South Carolina and Mizzou, we could have @Arkansas and Auburn. It's like two completely different worlds. The disparity in the two divisions is wider right now than any time in the 1990's from my vantage point.

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I still don't know what to make of the bama game. It kills me to say it but even after all the injuries I don't think we will ever be able to hang with saban for his remaining tenure. I think the only coach capable of going toe to toe is urban, and he left Florida because he couldn't do it at that level for an entire season and regularly have to get past saban. I know you said you might end up even cheering for Meyer if it comes down to him and saban in the natty, but I would be lying if I said I wouldn't be smiling if I saw bama putting a beating on Meyer or harbaugh like they did us saturday. They don't have to go through nearly as much as any sec team.

That being said if we can run the table and make it to ATL, I'll be believing once again we can take down sabans evil empire. GBO!!! GYOV


Ordinarily Ryan I'd say I agree with you. Choosing between Urban Meyer and Nick Saban is like deciding if I'd rather have the rotavirus or influenza. Both guys are lecherous and have had a deleterious impact on their respective regions of the country. Bama has sucked the life out of the SEC. Mike Huguenin of said he doesn't think anybody will come within two TD's of Bama in this league the rest of the way and I think he's right on the money.

Go Hogs Go


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