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Confidence levels: Tennessee Volunteer defense

Redundancy alert! I'm repeating much of this because you're probably reading this one first. The offense is immediately below this post.

On Thursday, I'm rolling out a new idea that will either fail miserably or be really cool. Danger and Go Zones will be a visual representation of two teams' respective strengths and weaknesses. First, though, I need some help from you. How confident are you in each of Tennessee's starters, with "1" being "most confident, sir" and "11" being "um, crossing my fingers." Here's how I've ranked the defensive starters (roll over the circles for additional info on each player):

Feed readers: click through for the gizmo!

As you can see, after ranking each of the starters 1-11, the top four were given a green or "go" tag, the next four were given a yellow or "caution" tag, and the bottom three were given a red or "danger" tag. Keep in mind that this is a bell curve, so there will always be three "danger" guys, even if they're all Heisman-contenders. Our three lowest guys right now are "danger" guys just because we know very little about them due to their inexperience.

I'm hoping that Cal fans will chime in and do the same with their starters. Once they do, putting them on the picture should give us a graphic that will show danger and go zones for the game, at least with the starters on the field. For instance, it appears that both cornerback positions are danger zones, and this will especially be the case if Cal has a strong passing game, which I fear they do. With a lot of yellow on the defensive line, we'll probably need to rely on the linebackers to get pressure on the QB.

But we'll have to wait and see on that. For now, have a look at how we've ranked Tennessee's defensive starters. Do you see anything that needs to be changed?