Receiving 86 total points, the Tennessee Volunteers have been picked to finish 7th in the SEC by the Sports Information Directors in the SEC. Even at 7th, this AL.com article didn’t have many nice things to say about Tennessee.
The Volunteers come in at seventh in the 71st annual SEC Football Report, and that might be a little high considering Tennessee's returning starters and lack of consistency under coach Butch Jones. Longtime position coach Larry Scott (pictured) gets his shot at running the offense, but he'll do it without an experienced quarterback.
Of course, Alabama was picked to finish 1st in the league. Auburn and LSU tied for 2nd. Georgia was picked over Florida to win the SEC East, as the two checked in at 4th and 5th respectively.
Tennessee got one 3rd place vote and four 10th place votes. This tells you all you need to know about how much people are split on the Volunteer’s chances this season. There’s just too much unknown on the roster — which could be a good thing or a bad thing. New leadership on both sides of the football has to step up.