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Let's face it, UT did not win the games they were supposed to under the former regime not to mention winning any they should not have. However, Butch while at UCM & Cincy won several games they were not supposed to and they never had Top recruiting classes and not quite the talent level Butch and company have at UT. Granted, the competition is pretty tough in the SEC but to some degree that is relative to the team and conference. So do you think they will get one they're not supposed to? If so, who will it be?
This post was edited by volnsetn 14 months ago
I will never concede defeat to South Carolina.
Everybody. National title. Go Vols.
Kidding. I think we beat South Carolina and another team out of Georgia/Florida/Bama/Oregon. Also, it depends on who we are technically supposed to beat. Vandy will probably be favored at the beginning of the season, but I think we are supposed to beat Vandy, Mizzou, and Kentucky every year, Auburn too
Dont know how we will be matched up against any of the teams we play but based on my own personal opinion:
The games we will def win is Kentucky, Austin Peay, South Alabama and Western Kentucky. Up in the air for me right now is Auburn, Mizzou and Vandy. Teams(as it stands right now that we will be hard underdogs) that we wont beat are Georgia, Florida, Bama, Oregon and South Carolina.
Auburn, Mizzou and Vandy are winnable games. The best chance for an upset would be South Carolina. Maybe Oregon. Will not be Florida or Bama.
I think this is the best objective and realistic evaluation of next year's outlook. We wont/cant lose to UK, Peay, So. Bama or W. Kent.. Lose any of those and someone has some explaining to do. We are not beating UGA, Bama, Oregon, Florida or SC.. The talent gap is too great, and the losses on the offensive side of the ball too much for us to expect a win in any of those games. So that's 4 wins against 5 losses. The season, and the immediate future of the program some might say, are going to come down to three games. Auburn, Mizzou and Vandy. We win two, and it's 6-6 and slightly disappointing, but within the range of expected outcomes. Win three and you have to be satisfied. Win only one or none, and that's going to be a problem, and would likely put a dent in any recruiting momentum we were trying to establish.
New coaching staff and schemes will transition and build momentum for the 2nd half of the season: Gamecocks get plucked!
Unfortunately, I think beating Auburn and Vandy would both be considered "upsets" based on public perception, so I would have to say those two are the most likely upsets.
And then if we get in to the next tier of teams, I think South Carolina is the most likely. Their biggest defensive strength (Clowney) is neutralized by our biggest offensive strength (Tiny). They also lost their best offensive playmakers (Lattimore and Sanders). If our defense improves to just average - I mean, how can it not improve - then this game is pretty winnable, especially at home.
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