Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Before 2008, it wasn’t considered a surprise for Tennessee to be in the SEC title game any year.In fact, in 11 years from 1997 through 2007, Tennessee appeared in the SEC title game five times (97, 98, 01, 04 and 07) and won the title twice (97 and 98).Since their last appearance in the 2007 championship game - a 21-14 loss to soon-to-be BCS Champion LSU - the Vols have fallen on hard times.The 2010 and 2011 teams set the two year record in futility for Tennessee. They tallied the first ever back-to-back losing seasons in over 100 years of football. To top off the Derek Dooley era, the 2012 squad went 5-7, making it three losing seasons in a row.Since the 2007 season, Tennessee has had four losing seasons, is on their fourth coaching staff and has been to only two minor bowl games—both losses. Expectations nowadays, are a bit more conservative for the realistic fans of The Big Orange.A slump like this presents the perfect setup for this year's team to become a story similar to Texas...
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