After two tough weeks on the road, the Vols return to Neyland Stadium on Saturday night looking to end a four-game skid by hosting the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
It’s fair to say that the fanbase’s frustration with Butch Jones is at an all-time high. If you were able to make it through the (drinking) game last week without being blacked out on the floor, congratulations. However, if you weren’t able to make it out conscious, it isn’t much of a surprise. Another 7:30 start on the SEC Network will allow Tennessee fans to drown the Orange and White blues with alcohol.
1. If the SEC Network broadcasters mention Butch Jones’ job being in jeopardy, drink.
As Nathan Odom told you last week, this will be first on the list of the drinking game for the rest of the season, and rightfully so. Jones is in year five and the progress of the program has came to a halt. Homecoming is usually a great time on campus. Alumni come home, people catch up and Tennessee rolls its opponent — the Vols are just a 5.5-point favorites over a mid-major school in year five!
2. When the announcers mention that Tennessee has never lost eight games, drink.
This topic may not come up during the game if Tennessee is winning big. But, judging by the the season so far, that seems like a long shot.
Tennessee and Ohio State are the only two programs in the entire country who have never lost eight games in a season, an incredible feat. Even Derek Dooley never lost eight games, nor did Phillip Fulmer the year he was fired. The Vols just have to go 2-2 down the stretch to avoid this.
3. If Tennessee gets a turnover in Southern Miss territory and only scores a field goal, take a shot.
Last week, Kentucky turned the ball over four times and still found a way to win. Tennessee kicker Brent Cimaglia hit four of his six field goal attempts last week. You could say that the two kicks he missed would the game for the Vols — you’d technically be correct — but nailing four field goals is a pretty solid game.
Several hours of film study should benefit offensive coordinator Larry Scott in order to find a weakness in the defense and move the ball efficiently to get in the checkerboards multiple times.
4. If Tennessee scores a passing touchdown, finish your drink.
Do you remember the last time a Tennessee receiver caught a touchdown pass? If you’ve been following these drinking games, you may not rembember.
Let me fill you in: UMass was the last time a Vol quarterback threw a touchdown pass. Sure, Tennessee’s rushing attack has been “better” this season, but if you are a one-dimensional football team that can’t pass, then all the Southern Miss has to do is load up the box to stop the run. Then the Vols are up the creek without a paddle.
5. If the low attendance is mentioned, chug.
Honestly — whatever you have in your hand — take a huge swig of it. Everyone knows that Tennessee has one of the best fan bases in the country, especially so with the amount of support that has been given despite a subpar season.
With the #EmptyNeyland movement gaining momentum, the stands may be bare Saturday night with hopes that the Tennessee administration will receive the message.
6. If Will McBride enters the game, drink.
This isn’t a likely scenario, but if Jarrett Guarantano’s helmet was to come off — God forbid an injury — Butch Jones said Will McBride will be “ready to go” as a one-play fill in despite being on track to redshirt this season.
7. If Tennessee wins the game, go insane.
Just go ahead and pick up the keg or grab the bottle and open your throat up if Tennessee snaps the losing streak.
It’s sad that this is even an option for a homecoming game against a mid-major opponent, but Vol Nation is desperate. Tennessee hasn’t won a game since the middle of September. Vol fans have nearly forgotten that winning feeling, so getting back in the ‘W’ column will be almost uncharted territory.
As always please drink responsibly, even if Butch Jones does something irresponsible.