2014 Record: 7-6
2015 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 7.5
While the SEC West is absolutely loaded, the SEC East is wide-open for the taking. And after nearly a decade as a doormat program, the Volunteers are in a position to do some major damage as a sleeper team in the SEC.
Last November the Volunteers were sitting at 3-5 and were ready to wind down another disappointing fall. But then the Vols won four of their last five games, including an overtime win at South Carolina and a dominating bowl win over Iowa, and they carried a load of momentum into the offseason.
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Tennessee has 17 starters back, and one of the five that left, quarterback Justin Worley, could be addition by subtraction. It was not a coincidence that Tennessee really took off last year after inserting Josh Dobbs as the starting quarterback. He is back, along with nine other dudes, and the Vols should be a lot more potent this year. They averaged 37 points per game with Dobbs under center.
The Volunteers do have to overcome a very tough league schedule, though. They open against a very potent Bowling Green team that could be the class of the MAC. They follow that up with a home game against a Top 20 Oklahoma team. The Vols also drew Arkansas (home) and Alabama (road) out of the West.
I don't think that Tennessee is a Top 20 team. And I don't see a dream season in Knoxville - unless they can somehow upset Oklahoma in the mountains of Tennessee. They're good. They're improving. But their record will be inflated this season thanks to A) playing in the East and B) a cushy November schedule that has them playing three of four at home.
I think Tennessee will get 'over' this year. And it will all come down to winning a road game at Kentucky and a home game against South Carolina late in the year.
2015 Tennessee Volunteers Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location Result
Sat, Sep 5th, 2015 Bowling Green TBA LP Field - Nashville, TN
Sat, Sep 12th, 2015 Oklahoma TBA Neyland Stadium
Sat, Sep 19th, 2015 Western Carolina TBA Neyland Stadium
Sat, Sep 26th, 2015 at Florida TBA Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Fl
Sat, Oct 3rd, 2015 Arkansas TBA Neyland Stadium
Sat, Oct 10th, 2015 Georgia TBA Neyland Stadium
Sat, Oct 24th, 2015 at Alabama TBA Bryant-Denny Stadium
Sat, Oct 31st, 2015 at Kentucky TBA Commonwealth Stadium
Sat, Nov 7th, 2015 So Carolina TBA Neyland Stadium
Sat, Nov 14th, 2015 North Texas TBA Neyland Stadium
Sat, Nov 21st, 2015 at Missouri TBA Faurot Field at Memorial Stadi
Sat, Nov 28th, 2015 Vanderbilt TBA Neyland Stadium
All Times EST
*Season Win Total Odds from 5Dimes Sportsbook.
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