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The Volunteer State is a Tennessee Vols sports podcast covering sports topics from the University of Tennessee featuring The Knoxville News Sentinel's John Adams, Mike Wilson and Blake Toppmeyer. The Tennessean, Nashville Tennessee.

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The Volunteer State is a Tennessee Vols sports podcast covering sports topics from the University of Tennessee featuring The Knoxville News Sentinel's John Adams, Mike Wilson and Blake Toppmeyer. The Tennessean, Nashville Tennessee.

    Tennessee football bowl projections: Here's who Vols should (and shouldn't) want to play

    Tennessee football bowl projections: Here's who Vols should (and shouldn't) want to play

    A Big Ten or an ACC opponent is likely in Tennessee's future.

    The Vols (7-5) will learn their bowl destination on Sunday. Logical candidates include the Music City Bowl, Gator Bowl, Outback Bowl and Duke's Mayo Bowl.

    The Music City or Outback would pit Tennessee against a Big Ten opponent, while the Gator or Duke's Mayo would slate the Vols against a team from the ACC.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's Adam Sparks discuss possible bowl destinations and opponents for Tennessee.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

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    • 29 min
    Is Josh Heupel a better choice for SEC coach of the year than Kirby Smart or Lane Kiffin?

    Is Josh Heupel a better choice for SEC coach of the year than Kirby Smart or Lane Kiffin?

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Monday suggested that South Carolina's first-year coach Shane Beamer should be considered for SEC coach of the year.

    If an ACC coach can nominate someone for an SEC award, then we can, too.

    And there's no shortage of options this year, including Josh Heupel, Tennessee's first-year coach who inherited a depleted roster and an ongoing NCAA investigation left by the previous coaching staff.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's John Adams and Adam Sparks consider Heupel's candidacy for SEC coach of the year, and they offer their picks as it stands today.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

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    • 26 min
    Tennessee football bowl projections: Music City, Duke's Mayo or Liberty for Vols?

    Tennessee football bowl projections: Music City, Duke's Mayo or Liberty for Vols?

    Bowl projections abound, and we're not going to miss out on the projection fun.

    Tennessee (5-5, 3-4 SEC) is positioned to play in a bowl for just the second time in a five-year stretch. The Vols will host South Alabama (5-5) on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU) before concluding the regular season against Vanderbilt (2-8). They need to win at least one of those two games to secure bowl eligibility.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's John Adams and Adam Sparks forecast Tennessee's bowl prospects. 

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

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    • 25 min
    Is Tennessee football or Florida a bigger long-term threat to Georgia?

    Is Tennessee football or Florida a bigger long-term threat to Georgia?

    Tennessee fans celebrated two triumphs Saturday: the Vols' 45-42 victory over No. 17 Kentucky, and South Carolina's 40-17 thrashing of Florida.

    Florida (4-5, 2-5 SEC) has jumped the rails since beating Tennessee 38-14 on Sept. 25, while the Vols (5-4, 3-3) are on the upswing.

    Tennessee will face its greatest test to date against No. 1 Georgia (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's John Adams and Adam Sparks preview UT's clash against a defense that Vols coach Josh Heupel described as "statistically maybe as good as anybody that’s ever played the game."

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

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    • 28 min
    How Josh Heupel could dunk on Jeremy Pruitt during his first season

    How Josh Heupel could dunk on Jeremy Pruitt during his first season

    The pinnacle of the Jeremy Pruitt era came in 2019.

    Tennessee started 0-2 before rebounding and qualifying for the Gator Bowl, where the Vols rallied to defeat Indiana 23-22 to cap an 8-5 season.

    We later learned Tennessee's 2019 season was fool's gold. Pruitt flopped in 2020, and Tennessee fired him after the season amid an NCAA investigation into alleged recruiting violations by Pruitt's staff.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's John Adams and Adam Sparks preview UT's game against the Wildcats and how it has shifted toward a game Tennessee should expect to win after UK got thumped by Mississippi State on Saturday.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

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    • 26 min
    How many moral victories can the Vols claim in Josh Heupel's first season?

    How many moral victories can the Vols claim in Josh Heupel's first season?

    Can a 28-point loss be a moral victory? 

    Depends how you look at it.

    Tennessee football's 52-24 loss to No. 4 Alabama on Saturday was closer for most of the game than the final score indicated. The Vols led 14-7 after one quarter and trailed just 31-24 early in the fourth quarter.

    On the flip side, Tennessee suffered its 15th straight losses to Alabama, and none of the last six results in this series have been closer to 22 points.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's John Adams and Adam Sparks evaluate Tennessee's performance and debate whether it qualifies as a moral victory.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Yojimbodjd ,

Great podcast

I enjoy the discussion and banter between Blake and John. Helps keep me connected to my beloved Vols when time is limited. Thanks guys! Keep up the great work in all that you do!

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In Regular Rotation

I listen to a handful of podcasts and this one is always in my regular rotation. Not just reporting on Tennessee Football but they add creative spins such as guessing odds, mock drafts, and rankings. Where else can you get your Tennessee fix from a multi-published author and text group entrepreneur.

bobvol1868 ,

Great podcast

I enjoy John Adams. I know he has the ability to get under the skin of some vol fans, but historically he’s been on the right side of most debates. I highly recommended.

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