Sitting at 3-3 at the midway point of the season, Tennessee has won every game it was expected to win and lost every game it was thought to lose.
Encouraging performance last Saturday in the overtime loss to Georgia notwithstanding, it is still a fair assessment to say the Volunteers have done nothing more than maintained the status quo during the first half of the first season under new coach Butch Jones.
If that trend continues, then the Volunteers will be hard-pressed to duplicate the 3-3 stance in the second half of the season in order to get bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.
Playing in a bowl game would be considered a successful start to the Jones era, considering the team is coming off an unprecedented three-straight losing seasons.
The Volunteers will be prohibitive underdogs the next three games. No. 14 South Carolina comes calling a week from Saturday, followed by visits to No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 26 and No. 25 Missouri on Nov. 2. If the chalk holds and the ...