Open date before Missou. My super optimistic inside fan says we win 10 by beating Florida with Bama and UGA being the losses. Realistic me says 8 wins. We lucked into Miss state as our second West Opponent this year and our OOC schedule is really weak BYU is not a team we should have too much trouble with. The more I look at this schedule the more I think we might turn the corner this year. But i really think the BYU game is gonna be the benchmark of the season to come. We need to win our first 3 games convincingly and carry some swag into Gainesville.
Only games I am fairly certain we will lose are Bama and UGA. Too early to tell with the rest but those 2 teams have a lot more talent right now.. No, I dont expect us to go 10-2 but I dont feel right saying FL or Mizzou will beat us
The talent and effort gulf between the two teams last year was reminiscent of some of the times Spurrier waltzed into Knoxville and lead by 20 at the half. Gonna have to fix that one of these decades. But but but it was so close except for the turnovers. No it wasn't.
That list lost all credibility with the L for Kentucky....us beating them last year with less talent, no draft picks, first year coach ought to show we are their Florida....even if they out-talent and/or out play us, we will win in the end...
.......but seriously, I think we still lose it this year, especially because it is in gaysville.........however, I think it will be much closer than people will think going into it. The team should be on a 3 game win streak and hopefully playing hard and starting to gel well together by then. But, this is why we play the game!!!! Been watching college football for 30+ years and the season never plays out as preseason predictions suggest. Hopefully Florida has some inner turmoil as possibly suggested by their transfer portal and they just implode!!! I'm sold much more on Pruitt than I am Mullen, and this is Pruitts first head coaching job so...................I wouldnt be upset if Florida is still in a hole and looking for another coach in about 3 years. Especially if we take off and we're pounding them for several years in a row.
So last year, one of the worst teams in Tennessee history beat the best team in UK history with ease. UK lost the majority of that team and you expect me to believe they're going to beat Tennessee this year? Don't get me wrong Tennessee is bad but UK will be worse.
The schedule favors us this year. If this were Pruitt Y3, I would think we were going 10-2 but more likely 8-4 by beating KY. We could go crazy and maybe beat Mizzu since we have a bye week and should be humming by then. Only ones on there that are probably a sure L are Bubbas, GA and maybe FL.
IF (and admittedly its a very big IF) Pruitt takes this team to a 9-3 season (and maybe pulls out a bowl win for a 10 win season) he should be in serious contention for CotY. It isnt totally crazy to imagine this tho, considering the schedule.
I'll get back with you after fall camp and see who's injured, granted releases, out of trouble, bulked up with summer workouts, lights came on during fall camp, and about 100 other unknowns. That's always my take on predictions in June. If we set another record for injuries (I don't think we will) and lose others to academics/off the field issues etc then everything could change. Other than that I feel strongly both ways.
That was a head scratcher for me as well. It’s so hard to predict these things. We are so thin on talent that injury and just plain being beat up make those late season games tough to predict. I think we win them both but depends on how healthy we are at game time