2015 Record: 9-4
2016 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 9.5
2016 Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Over'
Tennessee was everyone's sleeper team in the SEC coming into last season. With 17 returning starters from 2014's seven-win club the scuttlebutt was that the Volunteers could be poised for their first SEC East title since 2007. The Vols had that - and potentially a trip to the College Football Playoff - within their grasp. But four losses by a touchdown or less, three of which in games where they led by two touchdowns, kept Tennessee outside the Top 25 and the SEC title game.
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The Vols again have 17 starters back and are one of the most experienced teams in the country. They will enter the season with legitimate expectations as one of the favorites to win the entire SEC, and Butch Jones has a team capable of making a run at a national title.
It starts on offense with quarterback Josh Dobbs. The senior is entering his third year as a starter and has six of his top seven receivers back. Dobbs will also benefit from the Vols rushing attack, led by Jalen Hurd (1,353 yards) and Alvin Kamara (710). Mix in four of five starting linemen back and this group could be even better than the unit that averaged 35 points per game last year.
Defensively, the Vols have a load of talent and experience. It starts with all-SEC players Derek Barnett and Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Tennessee has five three-year starters on this defense, and the group has cut its points per game allowed by nearly 10 during Jones' tenure.
The Vols will likely start the season in the Top 10, and now they are a big buzz team nationally, rather than just in SEC country. The schedule is brutal, though. Tennessee squares off against Virginia Tech in Week 2 on a semi-neutral field (Bristol, TN). They also have a four-week stretch in which they face Florida, at Georgia, at Texas A&M and then against defending champion Alabama. How they fare in that stretch will determine how their season shakes out because they shouldn't lose a single game after their bye.
I think that Tennessee will get to 10 wins this year. I think they may be a little overvalued in terms of their individual games. But on the whole, I think they are even better than their season win total suggests. If you assume a loss to Alabama - though Tennessee will have a great chance to win that one after losing just 19-14 on the road last season - then that still leaves some wiggle room for the Vols to suffer an upset and still beat this win total. Believe the hype. Play Tennessee 'over'.
2016 Tennessee Volunteers Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location Result
Thu, Sep 1st, 2016 Appalachian St 07:30 PM Neyland Stadium
Sat, Sep 10th, 2016 Virginia_Tech 08:00 PM Bristol Motor Speedway
Sat, Sep 17th, 2016 Ohio_U 12:00 PM Neyland Stadium
Sat, Sep 24th, 2016 Florida 12:00 PM Neyland Stadium
Sat, Oct 1st, 2016 at Georgia 12:00 PM Sanford Stadium
Sat, Oct 8th, 2016 at Texas_A&M 01:00 PM Kyle Field
Sat, Oct 15th, 2016 Alabama 12:00 PM Neyland Stadium
Sat, Oct 29th, 2016 at So.Carolina 12:00 PM Williams-Brice Stadium
Sat, Nov 5th, 2016 Tenn. Tech 12:00 PM Neyland Stadium
Sat, Nov 12th, 2016 Kentucky 12:00 PM Neyland Stadium
Sat, Nov 19th, 2016 Missouri 12:00 PM Neyland Stadium
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