Extra week ... who benefits?

One of the things that sometimes makes bowl games more interesting than regular-season games is the extra time for preparation ... basically two weeks instead of one.

The question is: Who benefits more? Obviously, the offense can come up with more ways to attack a defense when given an extra week to plot strategy. On the other hand, the defense has an extra week to fit its scheme and personnel to the opposing offense's tendencies.

So, who benefits most from the extra week to prepare?

''It depends,'' Vol offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said during a break in preparation for Tennessee's Dec. 31 Peach Bowl shootout with Maryland. ''Sometimes you can prepare (a package) and the defense will change and you're not getting the look you prepared it for. Sometimes you can prepare too much and you go out there confused, instead of just doing what you do well."

Regardless, Sanders would rather have two weeks to prepare for a game than one.

''Obviously, the extra preparation time is good,'' he said. ''As coaches, you like it because it allows you to cover more bases. But it can also be a negative thing if you try to cover too much, prepare too many different things.''


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