|Mighty tough game at Georgia on Saturday|
Basically, the Vols stand at where they were at this point in 2011. After four games last year, they were also 3-1. Again, they had beaten one pretty good team (
Despite last year's promising start, it went south in a hurry as key players got injured and the team struggled to a 5-7 record. However, this year's team is better. The running game has improved somewhat as indicated by Rajon Neal’s 85-yard performance against the Gators.
is stout on
defense, and last year, the Vols struggled to put up positive yardage on the
ground against such foes. Though only
scoring 20 points against Florida ,
the Vols likely would have scored more if they had not panicked in the fourth
Additionally, the team has better depth. This year's freshmen would have seen significant action in the previous two years, but now are being brought along slower. Though we lack the talent of the top teams in the league, there can be no doubting we have gotten better in this department. That not only says a lot about the rest of the Southeastern Conference, but also about the state of the team when head coach Derek Dooley took over.
Tennessee travels to to play
the fifth-ranked team in the country. Only somebody looking through the
loveliest pair of orange-colored glasses believes the team has a good chance to
win. A win is a long shot at best. Right now, Georgia is a 14-point underdog. Tennessee Georgia
is probably the best team in the Eastern Division and rates only behind and LSU overall. Alabama
Back on August 5, I picked
to go 3-1 in its first four games
and that happened. I picked the Vols to go
1-3 in the second third of the season with its win coming at Tennessee . I must admit the Bulldogs are better than I
anticipated and are ranked in the Top 25.
A win there looks a little shakier than when I predicted it back in
August. Mississippi State
Still, the Vols must find a way to win one of the next four games. All four games are against ranked teams. In addition to
and Mississippi State,
there are games against Alabama and . Only one of the games is at home. South Carolina
If the Vols cannot break through, they will enter November with a 3-5 record, and a bowl berth will not be a sure thing. Also, if we lose four in a row, the vultures will likely start circling Dooley. I am not sure that is fair, but it will happen.
The Vols have the talent to break through. But will they?