Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Blake Toppmeyer

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Recent articles by Blake:

Why Tennessee football should seek a transfer QB, but don't count out Joe Milton

The transfer portal will open Monday. With Hendon Hooker exiting, the Vols should eye a transfer QB. That doesn't mean Joe Milton can't win the job. → Read More

Tennessee football – not LSU – should be playing Georgia in SEC Championship

The SEC's two best teams -- Tennessee and Georgia -- will not play for its conference championship. Divisions are to blame for UGA facing LSU. → Read More

With Egg Bowl win, Mississippi State runs the Sip. Will Lane Kiffin flee for Auburn?

If Lane Kiffin had planned to take a final bow by winning the Egg Bowl, Mississippi State spoiled the party. Will Kiffin remain at Ole Miss? → Read More

Why Joe Milton makes Tennessee football worth monitoring through a New Year's Six bowl

It's time for Milton Mania. With Joe Milton taking the reins of Tennessee's offense, we'll learn more about where the Vols might be headed in 2023. → Read More

How Brian Kelly achieved with LSU football what he found to be unrealistic

If LSU football somehow stuns Georgia in the SEC Championship, Brian Kelly should be considered for national coach of the year. → Read More

After Tennessee football flop, can SEC still produce Heisman Trophy winner? Look to LSU

With Hendon Hooker dropping from the Heisman Trophy race, how does the SEC's chance to produce a winner look? Simply put, not great. → Read More

Josh Heupel must evaluate staff after Tennessee football loses playoffs, Heisman

Tennessee's CFP opportunity is gone. So, too, is Hendon Hooker's Heisman chance. Josh Heupel must evaluate his staff after Vols' flop at South Carolina. → Read More

Here's Hendon Hooker's path to becoming the first Heisman winner for Tennessee football

The Heisman Trophy competition features no runaway frontrunner, but Hendon Hooker of Tennessee and C.J. Stroud of Ohio State headline the debate. → Read More

If SEC wants Tennessee football, LSU fans to not storm the field, target beer

The SEC should skip its "working group" and go for the jugular if it wants to stop field-stormings: Storm the field, and beer sales get padlocked. → Read More

From Josh Heupel to Kirby Smart, how we view race for SEC football coach of the year

Georgia, Tennessee and LSU remain in the hunt for the College Football Playoff, and the coach of each deserves a look as SEC football coach of the year. → Read More

How Tennessee's Josh Heupel found a friend in Eli Drinkwitz. (Hint: Money)

Josh Heupel should have wrapped Eli Drinkwitz in a bear hug and tousled his hair to say, thanks for securing that raise, buddy! → Read More

Where would Alabama football be without Bryce Young? Some place much worse than this

Alabama football won't make the College Football Playoff, but without Bryce Young, this could be so much worse. He pushed the Tide past Ole Miss. → Read More

How does Tennessee football make the playoff? We consider these scenarios

We take a look at some specific playoff scenarios and whether Tennessee would be in or miss out on the CFP in each case. → Read More

LSU has clear path to College Football Playoff, but Tennessee's path is easier

LSU can play its way to the College Football Playoff by beating Georgia in the SEC Championship. Tennessee needs help, but the Volunteers have shot. → Read More

LSU football can play its way in to CFP playoff, but Tennessee Vols' path is easier

LSU can play its way to the College Football Playoff by beating Georgia in the SEC Championship. I think. Vols can qualify at 11-1 but need help. → Read More

In awkward twist, Tennessee football playoff hopes now involve Georgia alliance

With one ugly performance, Tennessee lost control of its postseason destination. To make the playoff, the Vols will require Georgia's help. → Read More

Georgia bullies Tennessee onto uneasy College Football Playoff footing

Georgia's victory became Tennessee’s worst nightmare and pushed the Vols into uncertain terrain for the College Football Playoff. → Read More

How Tennessee football sort of reminds us (and sort of doesn't) of a past national champion

Tennessee's 2022 team is saying to 2019 LSU: We see you. And we raise you. → Read More

CFP rankings got Tennessee and LSU right, Alabama wrong, and it doesn't matter

Win and you're in. That should be the message for any college football coach whose team is ranked in the top seven of the initial CFP rankings. → Read More

True or false?: Tennessee football and Georgia Bulldogs will each make the playoff

The SEC should be well-represented when the first College Football Playoff rankings are released Tuesday night. Tennessee and Georgia form a 1-2 punch → Read More