The Tennessee Vols’ win streak was extended to eight wins on Saturday after a 35-12 win against the Missouri Tigers.
It’s the longest winning streak in the nation among Power-5 programs. And the Vols’ six-game winning streak against SEC opponents is the longest for the program since 2000.
I think it’s safe to say that Jeremy Pruitt has the program on the right track.
In the first game of the season, Tennessee was able to grind out a road win against a South Carolina team that isn’t a pushover (the Gamecocks put up a fight against Florida on Saturday).
Against Missouri, we saw a dominant Vol team that had their way with the Tigers.
Tennessee rushed for over 230 yards. The Vols only gave up one touchdown. And quarterback Jarrett Guarantano looked much improved.
This is what we expected to see from the Vols when Pruitt took over as the program’s head coach in late 2017.
We’re starting to see Tennessee’s identity under Pruitt — a hard nosed team that runs the ball, creates splash plays, and a defense that shuts down opposing offenses.
Now, obviously the Vols still have a ways to go to improve. The secondary was suspect at times on Saturday with Shawn Shamburger in the lineup. There are some things that need to be fixed.
But I think we saw a UT team on Saturday that’s ready to compete with anyone in the conference.
And Pruitt agrees.
Specifically, Pruitt thinks the Vols can compete with the Georgia Bulldogs next week.
“They’ve (Georgia) got good coaches and good players and we do too. We’re looking forward to it,” said Pruitt on Saturday.
Jeremy Pruitt on if Tennessee is ready to compete with Georgia: “Yes, absolutely.”
“They’ve got good coaches and good players and we do too… We’re looking forward to it.”
— Ben McKee (@benmckee14) October 3, 2020
I’m not saying that Tennessee is ready to compete for a national championship. And I still don’t think they’re going to win the SEC East.
But they’re certainly in the conversation at this point.
The Vols are dangerous. There’s no reason for any program in the SEC — not even Alabama — to take Tennessee lightly anymore.
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