Even if you despise the Tennessee Volunteers, you have to respect what first-year Head Coach Gus Duggerton has done to that program in just half of a season.
His squad is right at the top of the SEC standings, and after beginning the season unranked, the Vols are now No. 17 in the country. Another big conference test is ahead tonight in Knoxville, as the Auburn Tigers come to town.
If you watched the hype video above, you'll recall Coach Duggs repeating the "Seven Maxims of Football," which were created by Robert Neyland. They are as follows:
- The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
- Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way – SCORE.
- If at first the game – or the breaks – go against you, don't let up... put on more steam.
- Protect our kickers, our QB, our lead and our ball game.
- Ball, oskie, cover, block, cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle... for this is the WINNING EDGE.
- Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.
- Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.
Seems easy enough, right? Well, Coach Duggs is 1-0 when reading them before kickoff, so I guess we'll see if he whips the script out again. It's the Vols. It's the Tigers. 9 PM ET kick from Knoxville. We'll see you then on the Pardon My Take Twitch channel.