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Predicting the 2013 SEC Football Season: Tennessee Volunteers

With less than 50 days until the college football season begins, it's never too early to look at the 2013 football schedules and make wild blind predictions.

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Rocky times in Knoxville.
Rocky times in Knoxville.
Kevin C. Cox

The tenth in a series leading up to fall camps brings us to Rocky Top. And boy is it rocky.


Tennessee Vols 5-7 (1-7) in 2012

Synopsis: Let's review:

Year W L SEC W SEC L Coach
2008 5 7 3 5 Phillip Fulmer
2009 7 6 4 4 Lane Kiffin
2010 6 7 3 5 Derek Dooley
2011 5 7 1 7 Derek Dooley
2012 5 7 1 7 Derek Dooley
2013 0 0 0 0 Butch Jones
Total 28 34 12 28 4

If you had a kitten the last time Tennessee won the national championship, it has probably died of old age by now. 1998 and winning seasons for that matter are seemingly a distant memory in Knoxville. The uniforms are the same but the level of play is not.

New head coach Butch Jones will have to rebuild the offense since most of the key members of the 2012 passing game are now trying to make NFL teams (see below). But there is much more than that to rebuild. Fan confidence too is at an all-time low.

Key Losses: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Justin Hunter, TE Mychal Rivera, QB Tyler Bray (basically the whole passing game), OT Dallas Thomas

Key Returners: LB A.J. Johnson, OT Ja'Wuan James, ummmm...

Newcomers: Head Coach Butch Jones, WR Marquez North, DE Jason Carr, WR Paul Harris

The Schedule:
08/31/13 vs. Austin Peay (Knoxville, TN) - Win
09/07/13 vs. Western Kentucky (Knoxville, TN) – Petrino is BACK! - Win
09/14/13 at Oregon (Eugene, Ore.) - Things are about to get tough for Butch & friends - Loss
09/21/13 at Florida (Gainesville, FL) - Loss
09/28/13 vs. South Alabama (Knoxville, TN) - Win
10/05/13 vs. Georgia (Knoxville, TN) - Loss
10/12/13 bye
10/19/13 vs. South Carolina (Knoxville, TN) - Loss
10/26/13 at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) - Loss
11/02/13 at Missouri (Columbia, MO) - Win
11/09/13 vs. Auburn (Knoxville, TN) - Loss
11/16/13 bye
11/23/13 vs. Vanderbilt (Knoxville, TN) - Loss
11/30/13 at Kentucky (Lexington, KY) - Win

Let's go Bowling! Nope