I swear, I’ll never understand the significance people have attached to the last four games of Tennessee’s 2010 regular season.
… Tennessee showed signs in its first season under Derek Dooley that he might be the man to revive Tennessee’s flagging fortunes. After all, the Vols had been defeated by at least two touchdowns in five of their last seven games when Dooley sparked the turnaround, a milestone that would have marked the end of the season for a poorly-coached football team…
That “turnaround” took place against Memphis, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. None of those teams finished 2010 with a winning record; in fact the four combined for a total of only 13 wins. The Vols didn’t leave the state to play three of those games. And they never lose to Vandy or Kentucky. So exactly why is this considered a big deal?
I’m not saying that Tennessee won’t have an improved record this season. The schedule is friendlier, so it’s certainly a possibility. But pointing to a four-game win streak against weak sisters as grounds for the proposition that the program (and Tyler Bray, for that matter) is ascending? I’m not ready to make that leap.