Is Tennessee Ready to Contend in the SEC East?
In Part 1 of our 2020 State of the SEC, John Mosley and I broke down the prospects of one of the bottom four SEC East teams rising up and making some noise in 2020. You can check that out here if you’re so inclined. But, today, we’re on to Part 2, and we’re looking at the top three teams from a season ago: Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.
For the Georgia Bulldogs, all of the uncertainty revolves around the quarterback position and how that offense is going to hold up after some key losses to the NFL Draft. The defense figures to be among the best in the country, but is it going to be enough to withstand a tough schedule in 2020?
If you’re the Florida Gators, you have to be chomping at the bit to get this season underway. The schedule sets up nicely, and though they also lost some talent to the NFL, the talent is there for Dan Mullen to guide this team through a special season.
Then, there’s the upstart Tennessee Volunteers. After a disastrous start to 2019 that saw the Vols fall to 0-2, fans were calling for the head of head coach Jeremy Pruitt. But, the Vols really rallied to win six straight to finish the season and win the Gator Bowl. If that 0-2 start had gone the other way, we’re talking about a 10-win team in 2019.
So, the big question as we head towards the 2020 season is whether or not the Vols can take that next step and make some noise in the SEC East. They get the benefit of having some of their big games in Knoxville this season, but if that’s going to happen, they’re going to have to make some magic happen against Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, and/or Georgia. So, what do they have to do to get there?
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