A year ago, ESPN’s Football Power Index predicted that the Tennessee Vols would win 5.8 games.

They ended up being pretty close to correct, as the Vols finished the season with a 5-7 record (a narrow loss to South Carolina cost UT a bowl game).

ESPN is projecting a better season for Tennessee in 2019. According to the Football Power Index, the Vols will win 7.6 games.

Tennessee’s main objective in 2019 is to play past the last weekend in November.

But as the season inches closer, it’s becoming clear that winning only six games this season would be a disappointment for folks associated with UT’s football program.

Jeremy Pruitt has now been with the program for well over a year. It’s his vision that’s now guiding the program. Some of the players from the Butch Jones era might be left (and there are some good players left from the Jones era), but the Butch Jones way of football has been eradicated from Tennessee’s program.

It’s all on Pruitt now. And while the Pruitt era is still in its infancy, it’s still important that Tennessee shows significant progress in 2019. Winning seven or eight games would qualify, at least to me, as significant progress. Recruiting would like see an immediate uptick if the Vols were to win seven or eight games.

ESPN’s Football Power Index was dead on last season. I’m sure Vol fans are hoping it is once again in 2019.

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