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Tennessee Football recap vs. Iowa; CFP Playoff analysis; Bowl opt-outs

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Bowl games are over, the national championship matchup is set, and Tennessee Football has wrapped up its 2023 season. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker discuss all of that along with the Vols’ personnel and the College Football Playoff results on Off the Hook Sports Tuesday, Jan. 2 podcast. John Adams also joins the show.

Did Tennessee Football bungle QB situation?

Nico Iamaleava’s performance for Tennessee Football in the Vols’ 35-0 Citrus Bowl win over the Iowa Hawkeyes has some people suggesting that they made the wrong decision at quarterback all year. Should the Vols have benched Joe Milton III earlier? Is Milton any worse than Jalen Milroe? John Adams joins to discuss.

Were Vols just trimming dead wood in December?

Before adding talent in the transfer portal, Tennessee Football was suffering a wave of transfers in December, particularly in the secondary. However, did the Vols’ performance against Iowa prove that they were just trimming the dead wood with losing those guys? Does it mean better players are on the horizon? Adams stays on to discuss.

Fixing bowl games

Kirby Smart railed against the bowl system and how it’s currently set up amidst so many opt-outs after the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Florida State Seminoles 63-3. Auburn Tigers head coach Hugh Freeze admitted he didn’t even have a game plan for the Maryland Terrapins. However, the bowl opt outs did help Tennessee Football. What can be done about this?

Bowl week Football IQ

Luke Fickell and Steve Sarkisian headline the worst college football coaching decisions for bowl week. Adams remains on the show to talk about other coaches who made horrendous decisions during this time and cost their team wins. Even if these are exhibitions, the decisions were many times beyond stupid and baffling.

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Citrus Bowl grades, torchbearers for Tennessee Football

Who were the best Tennessee Football performers in the Vols’ victory over the Hawkeyes Monday? How many of them were on offense? What about the performance of each position unit? Was any group a detriment to the team in the game despite Rocky Top winning in blowout fashion? Here is our list of UT torchbearers and their report card in the game.

Were CFP results good for the sport?

The Michigan Wolverines beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Rose Bowl, and the Washington Huskies beat the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl. Both games were thrillers in the final year of the College Football Playoff, but Michigan vs. Washington in the national title means two future Big Ten teams and no SEC team. Is this good for the sport?

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