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Old 01-12-2018, 02:14 AM   #1
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For a team that was 0-8 in the SEC last year and having just hired Pruitt, the Vols would be lucky to go to a bowl game.



Considering reality it's hard to argue this.

Find 6 wins in that schedule. Go ahead, give it a shot.
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:26 AM   #2
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I got us going 4-8 or 5-7, 6-6 would be a outstanding year considering all the players we are losing and our schedule is absolutely brutal.
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6 wins would be good, but I wouldn't go so far to call it "impressive" since we have more cupcakes on our schedule than usual (ETSU, UTEP, and UNC-C). I'd say 7-5 would be impressive.

Our schedule is very polarized. 3 easy wins and 3 games that are almost sure losses (Auburn, Bama, UGA). How we fare in the other 6 is what's going to matter. Certainly, with the amount of talent we have, we really should be beating Vandy and Kentucky. If we can do that, then we only need to win 1 more of the "toss-ups" (Florida, WV, Mizzou, SCe) to get to a bowl game. In spite of the VN perception that Florida will be tough, I actually think Florida is the one on the "toss-up" list that we should win. They are in a worse situation than us right now and it's going to take them a couple of years to rebuild as well. It's also a home game for us.
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6 wins would be good, but I wouldn't go so far to call it "impressive" since we have more cupcakes on our schedule than usual (ETSU, UTEP, and UNC-C). I'd say 7-5 would be impressive.

Our schedule is very polarized. 3 easy wins and 3 games that are almost sure losses (Auburn, Bama, UGA). How we fare in the other 6 is what's going to matter. Certainly, with the amount of talent we have, we really should be beating Vandy and Kentucky. If we can do that, then we only need to win 1 more of the "toss-ups" (Florida, WV, Mizzou, SCe) to get to a bowl game. In spite of the VN perception that Florida will be tough, I actually think Florida is the one on the "toss-up" list that we should win. They are in a worse situation than us right now and it's going to take them a couple of years to rebuild as well. It's also a home game for us.
Spot on, I agree.
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WVU blows. UF Blows. UK blows. Vandy Blows. Mizzou Blows. Utep blows. Char blows. ETSU blows. But do we blow more?
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Iím confused why people think Florida is going to take giant leaps but we wonít. Not to mention we play them at home.
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WVU blows. UF Blows. UK blows. Vandy Blows. Mizzou Blows. Utep blows. Char blows. ETSU blows. But do we blow more?
We will make huge strides imo. We were in the wrong offensive scheme.
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For a team that was 0-8 in the SEC last year and having just hired Pruitt, the Vols would be lucky to go to a bowl game.



Considering reality it's hard to argue this.

Find 6 wins in that schedule. Go ahead, give it a shot.
Not saying we will but we could definitely win the first 4. As well as UK, Vandy, Mizzou, Charlotte, USCe. We wonít win all of those, but 6-8 wins is atleast possible.
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Well the one thing we have going for us from here on out is that we have a real coach, who knows how to win.
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Here is how I look at the schedule:

Three for sure losses
Alabama
Auburn
Georgia

Five definite wins
ETSU
Charlotte
UK
Vandy
UTEP

Four toss up games
WVIR
Fla
Mizzou
SCar

My thinking is that a 6-7 win season is the target and should be viewed as a successful first season. Eight or more regular season wins is an overachievement and portends to very good things in the future. A 5 win season would be a major disappointment.
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Iím confused why people think Florida is going to take giant leaps but we wonít. Not to mention we play them at home.
I'm guessing because Florida's season from the get-go was hampered by the suspension of ten players. Couldn't that have a devastating effect on their season? Now the slate is clean (just guessing) they should be starting at full strength.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:00 AM   #15
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Why are we curling up in the corner over a WV team that got blown out by a .500 Utah team in a bowl and only beat 2 teams with winning records. Anything short of 7-5 will be a disappointment. We rolled over and played dead in the second half of games this season and I hope and believe new staff fixes that.
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