I can’t get enough of this stuff:
13 SEC teams have won their most recent game against Tennessee. The Volunteers do not have a 13-game conference losing streak, but they have lost their most recent game against each of the other teams in the SEC. Missouri is the most recent SEC rival that Tennessee has beaten, scoring a 63-37 victory over the Tigers on Nov. 19, 2016. Since then, the Vols have lost to each of the other six teams in the SEC East (including twice to Vanderbilt), and they haven’t beaten an SEC West opponent since topping Ole Miss 52-14 in 2010. During its 15-game losing streak against the SEC West, Tennessee has lost to Alabama seven times, Arkansas and LSU twice each and the other division members once apiece.
It’s pretty amazing what was squandered.
Let’s do the bad news first. Here are the teams that most egregiously underperformed their recruiting rankings in 2017.
You already know who’s first, because you a) saw the picture on top of this post, and b) did not spend the last five months living under a rock at the bottom of the sea.
- Tennessee (8th in recruiting, 107th in S&P+, 4-8). The Vols were terrible and fired Butch Jones with two games left in the season, despite Jones signing national championship-caliber talent. It takes something special to be as bad as Tennessee was after spending almost half a decade recruiting with the big dogs.
The downside to that, of course, is that Jones left Pruitt with something to work with. Besides Champions of Life, that is.