Put simply, the 2011 football season was one to forget for the Tennessee Volunteers. After a promising 3-1 start, the team fell apart in October and November because of key injuries and a difficult schedule. Of course, this does not really explain the disastrous loss to
As the new year begins, let us look at the 2012 football schedule:
Aug. 31 -- vs.
Sept. 8 -- vs.
Sept. 15 -- vs.
Sept. 22 -- vs.
Sept. 29 -- at
Oct. 13 -- at
Oct. 20 -- vs.
Oct. 27 -- at
Nov. 3 -- vs.
Nov. 10 -- vs.
Nov. 17 -- at Vanderbilt
Nov. 24 -- vs.
The non-conference schedule is similar to last year's slate in that the Volunteers play one pretty good team and three pushovers. The opener against
For season ticket holders, it is good that both the
I will break down the season as we get closer to it. Obviously, this is a critical season for head coach Derek Dooley. People speculate about how many wins he has to get to keep his job, but I do not look at it that way. I need to see substantial improvement from the team. We could win eight games next season, but that would not necessarily mean we are seeing substantial improvement. It is not only who we beat but how we beat them.
Vols fans will be sitting on pins and needles this fall to say the least.