Middle of the pack looks better dressed in orange.

Last year, as I’m sure you’ll recall, the Orlando Sentinel tagged Georgia as the 64th ranked program in its preseason rankings.  64 out of 120 is pretty much mediocre by definition.

So this year, here’s what the Sentinel has to say about Tennessee in conclusion:

Outlook: Although Tennessee is expected to improve in Dooley’s second season, a tough schedule that includes trips to Florida, Alabama and Arkansas could make it difficult for the Vols to better last year’s 6-7 mark.

Smells about the same to me.  The punchline?  That’s good enough for a ranking of 49 this year.  Has the overall state of college football declined that precipitously in one season?  Or is this just a case of grade inflation?

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8 responses to “Middle of the pack looks better dressed in orange.

  1. AthensHomerDawg

    Ever since Lame watched the smoldering mattresses in his rear view mirror Tennessee has been in disarray. They could be 6 and 6 heading into a bowl game. So they do no worse than last year. Wonder what Cincy has under the hood though?

  2. Vindexdawg

    Much as it gags me to admit it, I’m not exactly sure where one puts a 6-7 record on the season. No. 64 is probably as good a place as any. Of course, when that prediction was made a year ago, the author had no way of knowing that our All-American receiver had brainlessly violated a rule that our players are are counselled on and made well aware of (since the NCAA passed it in response to “ring-gate” in 2003). I doubt the author was aware of the pathetic level to which our S&C program had descended, painfully obvious when our line play in Columbia resembled a gaggle of overweight, nervous girls, apologetic at taking up space on Carolina’s playing field. Considering the source, it was just one of many digs we’ve had from Gainesville over the past three seasons. That was the sole intent. Oddly enough, it seems now that whoever is doing their list has given us quite a promotion as they are now all the way up to No. 49 and we’ve not appeared on it. This in spite of the departure of our star receiver and an O-line situation which is starting through attrition to look very worrisome indeed. However, it is logical to expect some serious improvement on D in the second year of the 3-4, and I feel that Murray will turn a lot of heads if he can only get a modicum of protection (he can’t do it all on his own however). Scarcely 2 months away. We shall see.

    • Dog in Fla

      “our line play in Columbia resembled a gaggle of overweight, nervous girls, apologetic at taking up space on Carolina’s playing field.”

      Or maybe it was something like this

    • AthensHomerDawg

      +1
      “I doubt the author was aware of the pathetic level to which our S&C program had descended, painfully obvious when our line play in Columbia resembled a gaggle of overweight, nervous girls, apologetic at taking up space on Carolina’s playing field. ”
      The D will help take some pressure off the O.

  3. Macallanlover

    I don’t know if TN goes 6-7 or not this season (I would wish them 25 straight years of this, or worse), but I told some UT friends in 2004 they might regret ever laughing at our 20 year drought between SEC titles. It was obvious The Great Pumpkin was finally getting exposed, likely they would wait too long to make the change, make at least 1-2 mistakes in hiring a new coach, and lose recruiting momentum during their unsettled period. We had just recently been through such a time, beginning when VD left us high and dry, abruptly, with no succession plan. It can happen to anyone, just more enjoyable when it is “them”.

    • Stoopnagle

      Well, they’re over half-way there. Only 8 years to go!

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        I don’t see an SEC Championship in sight for them. 12 years already. 4 more years of Dooley, Jr.–he gets fired–then another bad hire and they are at 20 years before you can say “trailer trash.”