Tennessee faces arduous season

It’s going to be a long year for Tennessee.

Butch Jones was an excellent hire who should turn the program around, but he doesn’t have a quarterback, and even if he did, the schedule includes a calculus exam nearly every week.

Tough? Check it out.

  • At No. 3 Oregon on Sept. 14
  • At No. 10 Florida on Sept. 21
  • No. 5 Georgia on Oct. 5
  • No. 6 South Carolina on Oct. 19
  • at No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 26

That’s five top 10 teams in the a seven-week span, if you’re keeping score at home.

And all those figure to be losses. That’s five before the season even starts.

That said, the Vols, who were 5-7 and 1-5 in the SEC in 2012, could still win six, or perhaps, all seven of their remaining games, which would be a strong first step for Jones.

But first, he must decide on a QB from a group that includes junior Justin Worley, redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman and freshmen Riley Ferguson and Josh Dobbs. Worley is the only one with experience and appears to be the favorite when Jones chooses his starter.

He told the Knoxville News-Sentinel that he’ll use today’s practice and a simulated game tomorrow to help him decide and then announce the starter next week.

Whoever he chooses will face plenty of tough opponents, but will work behind an offensive line that’s one of the best in the SEC.

Tweet of  the (yester)day

In 2014, SEC plays 14 FCS & 10 Sun Belt teams. Other non-conf foes: C-USA 6, MAC, AAC & ACC 5, Big 12 4, MWC 3, B1G 2

– Brett McMurphy, ESPN

Notes and such

  • Road trip, anyone? Turkey legs and fried Oreos will be among the concession choices at Troy games.
  • Virginia Tech will be missing a starting LB, a starting OT and a starting CB against Alabama.
  • Another Va. Tech note: OL Laurence Gibson is from Sierra Vista, Ariz., about 10 miles from Mexico, but said he’s never been there. He’s visited Canada, however.
  • The new Bahamas Bowl is the first bowl to be held outside the U.S. since the International Bowl in Toronto from 2007-10.
  • You can help Kennesaw State pick the helmets for its first football team here.

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13 comments Add your comment


August 26th, 2013
12:47 pm


August 25th, 2013
1:32 pm

He ‘would of’, JB? Really??

Tomás Brown

August 24th, 2013
10:35 pm

Vols 52, Dwags 49 (3 OT)