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How Tennessee football would have fared in CFP title, Vols’ big day in transfer portal, Eric Berry HoF inductee

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The college football season is over after the Georgia Bulldogs beat the TCU Horned Frogs 65-7 in the CFB Playoff national championship game Monday. Would Tennessee football have fared better?

Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker lead with that topic on the Off The Hook Sports podcast for Tuesday, Jan. 10. That topic ranges from how the Vols would’ve looked against UGA in the title game vs. how TCU looked and if it would’ve been any different in a semifinal game.

An analysis of Georgia’s schedule next year is also part of the discussion, as Tennessee football looks like Georgia’s toughest game on paper at this point. What are their chances of three-peating?

Speaking of next year, the Vols picked up three players from the transfer portal Monday in a huge day. That includes Oregon Ducks transfer wide receiver Dont’e Thornton, Arizona State Sun Devils transfer defensive lineman Omarr Norman-Lott and Miami Hurricanes transfer offensive lineman John Campbell Jr.

Which of these players is most likely to contribute or start immediately? Who has the biggest star power among them? How important was it for the Vols to land each of these players? All of this is part of the discussion.

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Finally, Eric Berry has been named to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023. Berry played for the Vols from 2007 to 2009, a tumultuous time for the program.

During those three years, he helped UT win the SEC East as a true freshman, had to fight through Phillip Fulmer’s firing in 2008 and then played in Lane Kiffin’s only year in 2009. Berry was a two-time All-American and 2009 Thorpe Award winner.

Hooker discusses what Berry meant to the program with his character and his transcendent style of play. The two discuss what about his time with Tennessee football stands out the most. Catch the whole conversation above.

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