Are you ready for the 2020 Tennessee Vols hype train?
You better be, because it’s about to leave the station.
A Vols team with a third-year head coach receiving preseason hype is a tradition unlike any other. We saw it with Derek Dooley in 2012 (remember that incredible 2012 UT-Florida game with College GameDay in Knoxville?). And we also saw it with Butch Jones in 2015 (oh what could’ve been for the Vols).
And now we’re starting to see it with Jeremy Pruitt.
247Sports released their updated top 25 rankings on Monday morning and they have Tennessee at No. 15.
“There’s a decent chance Tennessee is the team we overhype greatly thanks to a late-season push. Still, it’s hard to ignore a six-game win streak to end the season and the team’s rising talent,” wrote 247Sports’ Chris Hummer.
It’s probably a bit early to have the Vols this high, but I also don’t think it’s completely unreasonable (especially with the Big 10 and the Pac-12 out of the picture).
Tennessee clearly took a major step forward in 2019. And I fully expect the program to continue to progress under Pruitt.
The only problem is the Vols’ difficult schedule. Tennessee had Texas A&M and Auburn added to their already scheduled eight conference games to complete their ten-game conference only schedule.
(We made a pre-fall camp prediction for UT’s record in 2020 on the Big Orange Podcast this week.)
It’s going to be tough for the Vols to remain in the top 15 throughout the 2020 season because of the difficult schedule. But still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tennessee is able to pull off an upset or two and finish the season around No. 10-15 in the nation.
Perhaps this will be the season the Vols finally deliver on the preseason hype.
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