Josh Ward joins Off the Hook Sports’ Thursday, Nov. 9 podcast to discuss Tennessee Football struggling on the road and Joe Milton III’s late-season surge. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker also talk about Josh Heupel’s reputation, what a win over the Missouri Tigers would mean for Rocky Top, UT men’s basketball and Lady Vols women’s basketball and Week 11 games.
What does Mizzou win mean for Tennessee Football?
If Tennessee Football beats the Missouri Tigers Saturday, the Vols will have effectively guaranteed a 9-3 season, assuming they beat the Vanderbilt Commodores, which would be better than any season dating back to 2008 with the exception of 2022. Would that guarantee a successful season, or should fans have wanted more?
Is Josh Heupel becoming unpopular?
Last week, Josh Heupel and Jim Mora Jr. appeared to exchange words after Tennessee Football beat the UConn Huskies, and he also ran up the score on Mizzou last year. Could he be making enemies within the coaching fraternity despite the fact that he doesn’t say much to rub people the wrong way?
Road woes for Tennessee Football
Despite beating the Kentucky Wildcats two weeks ago, Tennessee Football has had its issues on the road under Josh Heupel. Facing a ranked Missouri team this Saturday will be a huge test for the Vols. Is their past and Heupel’s past a concern, or is that nothing to worry about anymore given the UK win?
Joe Milton’s late-season surge
Over the past three weeks, Tennessee Football quarterback Joe Milton III has had a shocking late-season resurgence. How does that compare to other quarterbacks who turned it around midseason, such as Jarrett Guarantano in 2019, Joshua Dobbs in 2015, Jonathan Crompton in 2009 and Erik Ainge in 2007?
Week 11 picks and bets
With 11 teams who have one loss or are undefeated and nine of them in control of their own destiny to reach the College Football Playoff, the final three weeks of November are guaranteed to deliver fireworks. What are the best bets of this weekend? How will the race shake out with this Saturday’s slate of games?
Are days of November cupcakes dying in basketball?
The Tennessee Lady Vols women’s basketball team will visit the Florida State Seminoles in a top 25 matchup Thursday night, and the men’s Tennessee Basketball team will visit the Wisconsin Badgers Friday night. This is historically uncharacteristic, as big college basketball games usually start with Thanksgiving week tournaments. Is that a thing of the past?