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?