Fortune Telling the Future of Tennessee Football

Coach Butch Jones has finally found his sea legs among the powerhouse coaches and teams of the Southeastern Conference, but the future of Tennessee Volunteer football remains unclear.

After a few expected wins and a couple slaughters, the Vol program finally smoothed out most of the bumps that undoubtedly arise under new management and with a new roster of players. They nearly pulled out a win against Georgia at home before falling in overtime. The momentum continued from there to propel them to a close (23-21) but still upset-inducing win over the 11th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

This year marks a transition in Tennessee football. Butch Jones was called in to completely turn around the program after several lackluster seasons. Upsetting the Gamecocks awarded Jones his signature win. It was the first triumph over an SEC team since 2009 and the first against a ranked team in four years. Pair that with the fourth-ranked recruiting class according to 247sports.com and the Vol fans have much to hope for in the future.

The past two games have made it clear the team is rallying behind their new coach in preparation for what appears to be a strong future. The question is this: can the Vols stay afloat after facing the army of ranked SEC opponents that stand before them?

Over the next three weekends, Tennessee will go head-to-head with No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Missouri, and No. 11 Auburn, respectively. The South Carolina game may not even be remembered afterwards if the Vols are crushed by any or especially all of these teams. How they respond to such high-caliber opponents will greatly effect the propulsion of the program from here.

While this year’s chances of a title are all but out of the question, the future of the Tennessee Volunteers appears to be bright.

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4 thoughts on “Fortune Telling the Future of Tennessee Football

  1. vaughn9

    Great topic. I have really enjoyed watching the energy Jones has brought to Tennessee and I think they will improve thanks to his coaching style, how much is yet to be seen. I like the focus on the signature win and how some more big conference losses could all but erase it. The important and evident question -The question is this: can the Vols stay afloat after facing the army of ranked SEC opponents that stand before them- ties everything together well. But I don’t see a reason to point out the obvious fact that they are out of SEC title contention.

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  2. Loni Gibson

    I really enjoyed this blog on the Vols. I enjoyed how you breifly explained what the remainder of their SEC opponents could possibly mean to their season. For those who could be unfamiliar, you may want to mention what season Butch Jones is in for clarity. Overall, I think you displayed what Tennessee has left on the table well in such a brief post.

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  3. ncastre

    I think that you had a good lede, it was informative and let me know what you were going to be talking about immediately. I think that you should have elaborated just a little bit more on Butch Jones by maybe adding in his record and explaining why he needed a signature win in order to prove himself within the SEC. But overall I think that it was a well written post and that it was to the point and concise. Good job!

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  4. jfedich

    I like how this blog takes a specific angle on Coach Butch Jones. Since I wrote a similar blog on how Jones has affected Tennessee’s recent improvement, I can definitely understand his effect on a Volunteer team that hasn’t been this competitive in the SEC for a while. The only thing I can critique is that you might want to clarify by saying “long-term future” in the last graf, because their immediate future doesn’t look so bright with the brutal schedule coming up for Tennessee.

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