Thoughts on this season

Discussion in 'Vols Football' started by emainvol, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. emainvol

    emainvol Administrator

    Personally, I am pretty optimistic and think that 9 wins is the ceiling. If the young guys on D can step it up, this team has some potential to be a pretty solid team. What do you guys think?
  2. TennTradition

    TennTradition Super Moderator

    I think that 9 wins is the ceiling...but it would mean stealing one, IMO. 8 seems like a real possibility if the newcomers keep...coming on, so to speak. Of course, these pre-season predictions are fairly useless until we see the other SEC squads come out of their camps.
  3. IP

    IP Super Moderator

    I see Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, and LSU as easily 4 losses. I only see 3 or 4 "sure" wins. It will come down to the team finding some early momentum, imo.
  4. I see 7 wins as the measuring stick for this year. 7-5 no one is complaining. 8-4 or better and Dooley and co. did a hell of a job. 6-6 or worse and we may have some problems.
  5. kptvol

    kptvol Super Moderator

    I dunno about South Carolina. Definitely not a lock for a win, but short of the 2008 season I don't think I'll ever go into that game thinking it's a definite loss. Hell, we probably could have won last year had Bray Day come a bit sooner.
  6. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    I don't see USCe as a definite loss. They're not very good.

    Arkansas and Alabama are definite losses imo.

    LSU is tough to call. If Tennessee can get up by 10 and sit on the lead, ballgame.

    I think Tennessee has a chance to go 8-4 with Arkansas and Bama blowing out Tennessee, Florida and either LSU or USCe being close losses.

    Then the bowl game is a toss up.
  7. TennTradition

    TennTradition Super Moderator

    I teeter back and forth between 7-5 and 8-4, but I think it will be 7 wins. We are going to need to upset either LSU or USCe to get to 8-4 IMO because we are not going to sweep the '50/50 ' games.
  8. CardinalVol

    CardinalVol Uncultured, non-diverse mod

    I'm saying 8-4 unless the football gods finally look on us with good favor and we win another we're not supposed to.

    Only two games I have completely written off are Bama and Arkansas. Having UGA, LSU and SC at home is huge.
  9. volfanbill

    volfanbill Active Member

    Bama and Arkansas are guaranteed losses as many have mentioned. I think we go 2-2 with UGA, LSU, USCe and UF. I fear we also lose a gimme win though. Either this is the year Kentucky finally trips us up or we are just totally flat against Cincinnati.
  10. The Dooz

    The Dooz Super Moderator

    i was thinking 8-5 with a bowl win.
  11. TennTradition

    TennTradition Super Moderator

    8 wins with a bowl is more plausible for sure. It's funny because I sit here and think, yeah, we're a couple of wins better than last year...then I look at the schedule.....
  12. Hobock

    Hobock New Member

    I feel like 8 wins is the ceiling, as well. Somebody on this team's defense is gonna have to show some serious improvement. That will most likely be a frosh. I want to see DD out-coach somebody. The veil has been lifted.
  13. IP

    IP Super Moderator

    I could see that.
  14. lylsmorr

    lylsmorr Super Moderator

    I don't usually look for freshmen to make big contributions early. If, in the rare instance, it happens for us and Maggitt/Harris/AJ Johnson learn the schemes quickly then our defense immediately becomes twice as good. Mo Couch also looks like if he ever gets in good enough shape to be able to stay on the field for more than 3 plays at a time then he'll be pretty damn good and a big difference maker.
  15. Lexvol

    Lexvol Guest

    8 wins is a best case scenario...I think.
  16. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    I usually don't either, but Clear is going to have to play a lot, Coleman is looking like a very good option at CB and Maggitt and AJ are better than the other options at LB right now.
  17. justingroves

    justingroves supermod

    Propst isn't anywhere near the athlete AJ is. He just can't do the things AJ can do.
  18. BearCat204

    BearCat204 Chieftain

    If I had to guess, I would say 8-4 would be our ceiling, 7-5 is what I expect.
  19. SlimCharly

    SlimCharly New Member

    We all know football is funny. Hell we should have had 8 wins last season. If we win 8 games I will be elated. But the 4 we lose will still make me crazy angry.

    The question is Who are the two upsets that we can pull off? Florida? Georgia? LSU? Maybe Bammer.

    I would take a win over Bammer and 7 wins instead of 8 wins and say a win over Florida and Georgia.
  20. BearCat204

    BearCat204 Chieftain

    Yeah Florida and Georgia would be the upsets imo, although I think that we could steal one from South Click as well.

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