The “Vols” have been in the SEC since 1933, but they just didn’t fit in during the Derek Dooley era. They have gone 2-14 in the SEC over the last two years, just skating by and barely surviving in college football’s best conference. They still put together 5-7 seasons over the last two years, though, so it could have been worse. But still, this is highly mediocre for a program that hadn’t missed bowls in two straight years since 1977-78 until these last two years. New coach Butch Jones brings hope, but he doesn’t have a quarterback or talented receivers. He does have the best offensive line in the SEC and a strong pair of running backs in Raijon Neal and Marlin Lane Jr. But the fact remains that last year’s QB, Tyler Bray, and all of his top four receivers are gone. The Vols have a formidable linebacking core, led by A.J. Johnson (138 tackles), but overall the defense will need to improve a whole lot to start beating the big boy teams in this conference. While their Week 3 non-conference game at Oregon will be great to watch, it’s a terrible matchup for Tennessee, and only adds to their already-difficult schedule. But if Jones can identify a quarterback and the defense makes strides, Tennessee should definitely get back to a bowl.
The Tennessee Volunteers are members of the Eastern Division in the Southeastern Conference. They operate under head coach Butch Jones at Neyland Stadium, which holds just over 102,000 fans. Neyland is a historic stadium, hosting Volunteers games for over 90 years; they have recorded the second most home wins in college football history. They have won six national titles, 16 conference titles, and 49 bowl appearances all-time, and their most heated rivalries are with Alabama and Florida. The Volunteers have had many famous NFL players throughout the years; however, currently the most notable include: Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. This year the Volunteers hope to get back to their winning ways and Gold Coast Tickets does not want you to miss out on the action!