After battling inclement weather and a pesky opponent, coach Gus Duggerton and the No. 10 Tennessee Volunteers are looking forward to Sunday’s match-up versus Alabama.
The rain poured as the No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks gave the Vols fits in the second half on Friday. What seemed like a comfortable 41-15 lead in the second half quickly turned into a frustrating finish as Tennessee committed two late turnovers while giving up big plays. The Vols held on to win 48-36.
Coach Duggs vows to atone that sloppy play and affix his sights on the Crimson Tide. “Got a little stupid at the end trying to get people a burger. . .All focus on Sunday Night,” Duggs said. Quarterback Caleb Pressley threw two of his four interceptions late in the fourth quarter. The Vols’ defense was gashed on multiple occasions. Tennessee even missed a short field goal as they carelessly pursued the 50-point barrier.
Duggs caught flak from both fans and players for burger chasing.
This is fair. I got addicted to the Burger Life https://t.co/gb3jAcoQ1c
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) May 29, 2020
Some Vol faithful were outraged that coach Duggs put the value of a 50-burger over BCS implications. In response, the Tennessee coach says his actions were “unacceptable” and vowed to set his lens in a new direction. And the scope happens to be the biggest opportunity of the year for the Vols. “It’s going to be electric,” Duggs said. ” It’s the toughest game I have left on the schedule.”
As the Vols travel to Tuscaloosa, they will have the chance to jump even further in the rankings. During the Vols’ game against South Carolina, reports surfaced that No.4 Michigan was trailing unranked Wisconsin in the second half. A Badgers victory would open the door even more for Tennessee and its BCS hopes.
A victory over Alabama would prove to be monumental for Duggs and the Vols. A chance at a natty is not the only thing that could result from a win on Sunday. It would also mean a reprieve from Bama’s domination and chance to turn the tide in this enriched rivalry.
When asked about the solidarity of his proclamation, Duggs said “you have my word.”
It sounds like Tennessee will be on a new mission if Duggs’ claim comes to fruition. The Vols could be looking at a massive victory, one that could firmly place them among the hegemony in college football. Right where it should be.