Paying no attention. We've seen this play before.
Step 1: ESPN way over rates UT pre-season
Step 2: Other rags like SDS pick up on it and push it out to get nonsense "over rated" chatter rolling into preseason
Step 3: ESPN flames away at UT being over rated and calls Vol fans delusional (note: if anything, most Vol fans not expecting much more than 7 wins plus/minus one game.
Much as I hope that they're right, they can go f*** themselves. Their 2017 preseason ranking placed the Vols at number 20. Ohio State is No. 1 in Preseason FPI 1.0
I guess the upside is that they ranked the Vols at number 15 this year?
Overall, the FPI has a projected win/loss record for Tennessee of 7.6 and 4.5. That means that even though the projections have the Vols as favorites in nine games, the actual results of one or two of those contests aren’t wins in the FPI simulations.