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Recalibrating expectations for the Vols after the Kentucky game

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Raise your hand if you're feeling even better about 8-4 after watching the Vols dismantle the Wildcats.

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Recalibrating the Vols after the Kentucky Game

Here's what the Vols' former opponents did this weekend:

  • Bowling Green did not play. They remain 6-2 (one bad loss to Tennessee and one close loss to Memphis, which is now an incredible 8-0).
  • Oklahoma dominated Kansas, 62-7. They're now 7-1, the sole loss being by a touchdown to rival Texas.
  • Florida beat Georgia badly, 27-3. I'm afraid they're good, their sole loss being by a touchdown on the road to #6 LSU. I hate these guys. Georgia, on the other hand, is circling the drain and is now at 5-3.
  • Arkansas beat UT Martin, 63-28 and moved to 4-4.
  • Alabama was off.

So the Vols' former opponents continue to make Tennessee look good with the exception of Georgia, but that's mitigated by the fact that it came at the expense of another former opponent who made us look better. If I'm not mistaken, Gary Danielson even said nice things about Tennessee during the broadcast of the Florida-Georgia game, which, well.

Combine all of that with the Vols' rampage over Kentucky, and yes, I'd say I feel pretty good about this team being who we thought they were/are. Right there, this close to being able to beat anybody.

Recalibrating the Vols' remaining opponents

So what about Tennessee's future opponents? First, the chart. Details on each are below.

PREDICTIONS
5-30 SCALE PRESEASON W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
5
6
7 Alabama Alabama Georgia Georgia
8 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
9 Georgia (W; 38-31) Alabama (L; 19-14)
10 Georgia
11 Georgia
12 Georgia
13 Arkansas
14 Oklahoma (L; 31-24 2OT)
15 Arkansas Missouri
16 Oklahoma Florida Missouri
17 Missouri Florida Florida (L; 28-27)
18 Arkansas Missouri
19 South Carolina South Carolina Arkansas (L; 24-20)
20 Florida Kentucky
21 Arkansas Kentucky
22 Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Vanderbilt Missouri Kentucky
23 South Carolina Vanderbilt Missouri Vanderbilt Missouri Kentucky
24 Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilit South Carolina South Carolina Vanderbilt Missouri
25 Bowling Green (W; 59-30) South Carolina Vanderbilt Missouri
26 South Carolina South Carolina
27 South Carolina Vanderbilt
28 North Texas North Texas North Texas North Texas North Texas
29 Western Carolina Western Carolina

Western Carolina
(W; 55-10)

North Texas North Texas North Texas North Texas North Texas
30

11/7/15: South Carolina (3-5, 1-5 SEC, NR)

  • W1: Squawked by UNC, 17-13.
  • W2: Lost to Kentucky, 26-22.
  • W3: Lost to Georgia, 52-20.
  • W4: Beat UCF, 31-14.
  • W5: Lost to Missouri, 24-10.
  • W6: Lost to LSU, 45-24.
  • W7: Beat Vandy, 19-10.
  • W8: Bye.
  • W9: Lost at Texas A&M, 35-28.
Sat, Nov 7 @ Tennessee
Sat, Nov 14 vs Florida
Sat, Nov 21 vs The Citadel
Sat, Nov 28 vs Clemson

Chances of a Vols win (on a scale from 5-30): Lost by only a touchdown to a pretty good Texas A&M team, so I'm moving them a spot back to 26.

PREDICTIONS - SOUTH CAROLINA
Preseason W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
19 19 23 24 24 25 26 26 27 26

11/14/15: North Texas (1-7, 1-4 C-USA, NR)

  • W1: DNP.
  • W2: Lost to SMU, 31-13.
  • W3: Lost to Rice, 38-24.
  • W4: Lost to Iowa, 62-16.
  • W5: Lost to Southern Miss, 49-14.
  • W6: Lost to Portland State, 66-7.
  • W7: Lost to Western Kentucky, 55-28.
  • W8: Lost to Marshall, 30-13.
  • W9: Beat UTSA, 30-23.
Sat, Nov 7 @ LA Tech
Sat, Nov 14 @ #25 Tennessee
Sat, Nov 21 @ Mid Tennessee
Sat, Nov 28 vs UTEP

Chances of a Vols win (on a scale from 5-30): Quick, what's the full name of UTSA? That's what I thought. Keeping North Texas at 29.

PREDICTIONS - NORTH TEXAS
Preseason W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
28 28 28 28 28 29 29 29 29 29

11/21/15: at Missouri (4-4, 1-4 SEC, NR)

  • W1: Beat SE Missouri State, 34-3.
  • W2: Beat Arkansas State, 27-20.
  • W3: Beat UConn, 9-6.
  • W4: Lost to Kentucky, 21-13.
  • W5: Beat South Carolina, 24-10.
  • W6: Lost to Florida, 21-3.
  • W7: Lost to Georgia, 9-6.
  • W8: Lost to Vanderbilt, 10-3.
  • W9: Bye
Thu, Nov 5 vs Miss St
Sat, Nov 14 vs BYU*
Sat, Nov 21 vs Tennessee
Fri, Nov 27 @ Arkansas

Chances of a Vols win (on a scale from 5-30): Missouri didn't play, but I'm moving them a spot to 25 based on the Vols' domination of Kentucky.

PREDICTIONS - MISSOURI
Preseason W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
17 15 16 18 23 22 23 23 24 25

11/28/15: Vanderbilt (3-5, 1-3 SEC, NR)

  • W1: Lost to Western Kentucky, 14-12.
  • W2: Lost to Georgia, 31-14.
  • W3: Beat Austin Peay, 47-7.
  • W4: Lost to #3 Ole Miss, 27-16.
  • W5: Beat MTSU, 17-13.
  • W6: Off
  • W7: Lost to South Carolina, 19-10.
  • W8: Beat Missouri, 10-3.
  • W9: Lost to #18 Houston, 34-0.
Sat, Nov 7 @ Florida
Sat, Nov 14 vs Kentucky
Sat, Nov 21 vs Texas A&M
Sat, Nov 28 @ Tennessee

Chances of a Vols win (on a scale from 5-30): Moving these guys to 27, under South Carolina and Missouri.

PREDICTIONS - VANDERBILT
Preseason W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
24 24 24 23 22 23 24 24 25 27

So 8-4 is still the expectation at this point, although it's beginning to feel a bit like the expectation will be huge, comfortable, fun wins the rest of the way, which would be just fine with me.