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Opinions on number of wins this year


I know its the slow period but I was wondering what everyone thoughts are on how many wins you think the Vols get this season. I have been looking at the schedule over and over and if I am honest I still only see 6 wins. That is an improvement and may get the Vols at least back in a bowl game. So that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I think we as fans need to temper our emotions and look at the Vols for what they still are, a "Work in progress". If I am totally optimistic maybe 7 wins.

So looking at the schedule this is how I see is playing out at least at this point:
  • Utah State: This isn't a gimme game. Vols are usually pumped on openers though and it is at home so this should be a W
  • Arkansas State: Should be a win and easy at that. A game to work out the kinks and prepare for the Sooners game and a W
  • Oklahoma: The Sooners are returning a very formidable team and it is at Norman. The Vols hang tough for the first half but then the Sooners pull away for a decent win for them. Loss for the Vols
  • Georgia: This game is perplexing to me. This could go either way and I think this is a pivotal game and could determine how the rest of the season goes. I am going to call this a Loss but very close
  • Florida: Hard to come up with a game or call a win but Florida will be playing in Knoxville and This could be a defining moment. For some reason I think the Vols MAY pull this one out with a Win
  • UTC: No question this is a lick your wounds and develop young talent game and rest injured players. WIN
  • Ole Miss: People seem to think this is the old Ole Miss teams but Hugh Freeze has the Rebs playing well. It is at Ole miss. I am saying this is a LOSS but very close and the Vols play tough
  • Alabama: The hated Crimson tide will be a LOSS. Hate it but just way too much depth on the other side at this time.
  • South Carolina: The Vols played all out in this game last season and I can only hope that happens again. BUT Thompson who will be QB now that Shaw is gone is actually a better passing QB. Since this game is in South Carolina I am going Loss on this one
  • Kentucky: While Stoops is making strides there is just not enough talent on the KY side to hang with the Vols this season. WIN
  • Missouri: This game is in Knoxville this season. I could either way on this game. I would like to wish that the Vols can hang in this game. The problem is the back up QB was better than Franklin and will have another season under his belt when the Tigers come to Knoxville. I see this as a LOSS but close
  • Vandy: Ha Ha Vandy is back to being CANDY. This is a win going away for the Vols.
So I see 6 wins. BUT I see UGA, Missouri and Ole Miss being games that could go either way. So if CBJ and staff can develop this group quickly maybe just maybe 8 wins is possible. The thing that still bothers me and no game breaking talent at the QB position. This will be an Achilles heel for this team until someone steps up.

So that's my mid year opinion. Whats yours? =

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