If there's one thing most college football fan bases are good at doing, it's giving bold predictions about their team, both good and bad. Tennessee Volunteer fans are no exception to that. So I decided to ask some of you for your bold predictions for this Saturday's game against Kentucky and for the rest of the Vols' regular season.
Starting with this Saturday's game against the Wildcats, many fans are predicting an offensive explosion from the Vols:
@Mr_Rutherford 50-3, Tennessee. 7 touchdowns, and we go for 2 on one just because.— Will Skeleton (@sheltspeare) October 30, 2015
Well going for two would be something new for this team...
@Mr_Rutherford Dobbs and Hurd set career highs running the ball and touchdowns— Tony Simms (@R33S33) October 30, 2015
For the record, Dobbs' career high in rushing yards is 166 and 5 total touchdowns, and Hurd's career highs are 125 and 3 scores. Also, not sure if that prediction was for this weekend's game or for the rest of the season, but I will include it here.
@Mr_Rutherford Jalen Hurd goes over 150— Dakota Robertson (@drobertson12) October 30, 2015
That total would certainly get Hurd his career-high in rushing yards.
@Mr_Rutherford defense get 5 sacks— Brent (@cbrentv3) October 30, 2015
The Vols look like they found their pass rush over the last couple weeks, and Kentucky has given up 20 sacks on the season, one shy of last in the SEC. So this may actually happen.
Vols lose Saturday when Jerry, the cotton candy vendor, is the last resort for Kentucky at quarterback. Knows only 3 plays. Tragic.— Leland (@Leland_Brew) October 28, 2015
This was by far the best response for bold predictions for this weekend's game. If you remember the 2011 game, then this really isn't that far off from being bold.
@Mr_Rutherford Medley nails a 50 yarder on Sat, and "where was that last week" echoes throughout Rocky Top— J-Nick (@Justin_CPA) October 29, 2015
Now THIS would most certainly happen. *cue dramatic music*
Now we move to some combo predictions, ones with predictions about the game against Kentucky and about the remaining five regular season games.
@Mr_Rutherford vols win 45-17 this weekend. We win out the season but struggle a little against Vandy and Mizzou.— Brando (@bhowell120) October 29, 2015
Even though I'm predicting some not-so-close games down the stretch (my predictions are at the bottom), I could still totally see this happening. Especially with Missouri given Tennessee's struggles with them.
@Mr_Rutherford Dobbs goes for 300-100 vs UK and they lose one of these last 5.— Cab'Tr Sw-Kno (@Travis_Cabage) October 30, 2015
This is along the same lines as the previous tweet in terms of struggling with some of the last five opponents. Dobbs could certainly go for 300-100 if he stays in the game long enough against Kentucky.
The bold predictions for the rest of the season were all over the place. Some predicted success for the Vols, while others...well, not so much. A lot of fans predicted the Vols to win out, but others got a little more in depth with their predictions.
@Mr_Rutherford Barnett Gets 7 Sacks in the next 5 games. Starting with 3 Saturday. UT sets team season rushing record as well— Vol Fan Jeff (@JTRock21) October 29, 2015
Seven more sacks would give Barnett 10 on the season, matching his total from his freshman year last season. And according to Tennessee's records, the most team rushing yards the Vols have accumulated in a game was 513 against Washington & Lee in 1951.
@Mr_Rutherford ATL bound...— BiVOLar Guinnessers (@guinness4ever61) October 30, 2015
This one would take more than just the Vols winning out. Tennessee would have to do that and get some help from Florida. And by "help," I mean the Gators losing to Georgia and at least one other game against South Carolina or Vanderbilt. But kudos for the boldness.
@Mr_Rutherford Jalen Hurd will run for 600 yards vs. North Texas, if the game goes to 43 overtimes.— Jeff Haws (@JeffHaws) October 29, 2015
I don't know, seems kinda low to me.
@Mr_Rutherford 2 losses in the next 5.— Tony Geist (@TonyGeist) October 29, 2015
This was by far the most pessimistic prediction for the rest of the 2015 season. And it wasn't greeted with the most positive responses by other fans.
@TonyGeist @Mr_Rutherford pic.twitter.com/HT4ZgN7FaF— Michelley (@MichelleyFit) October 29, 2015
But back to the predictions...
@bhowell120 @Mr_Rutherford 5-0 or bust. UT finishes 8-4 and faces Michigan in the Citrus Bowl in honor of Steve Spurrier. lol— Scott Compton (@SCompton72) October 29, 2015
Let me go on record by saying I would LOVE to see this. I think it would be a very bad match-up to play Michigan, but that would be a good bowl game. And the nod to Spurrier would be nice.
As for my predictions: I believe this Saturday won't be close for the Vols. Tennessee should handle the Wildcats with ease, and part of that will be due to Josh Dobbs. I think Dobbs can get 400-plus yards of total offense and score five total touchdowns, and I think Tennessee will score at least 40 points. As for the rest of the season, I think the Vols will run for over 300 yards in at LEAST two of the final five games this year, and I believe Tennessee should win every game by at least two scores.
Regardless of how the rest of the season goes or how this weekend's game, one thing is almost guaranteed with Vol fans:
@Mr_Rutherford I predict vol fans will find something to have a meltdown about— Catherine Gouge (@Catgouge7) October 30, 2015