5. Beat a top 25 team
They did this twice last year, over the Auburn Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats. However, heading into 2019, Tennessee football actually has a bit more difficult path to beating a top 25 team. That’s because, at least by preseason standards, they only face three.
Those three are the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs. All three are in the top 10, two, Florida and Alabama, are on the road, and two, Georgia and Alabama, are top five teams.
Now, there are other teams who could reach the top 25 by the time the Vols face them. The Mississippi State Bulldogs, South Carolina Gamecocks, and the Missouri Tigers could all be in there by the time the two meet. Don’t forget about the Kentucky Wildcats and the program Mark Stoops has built there.
Simply put, it’s likely that one more team outside of those big three is in the top 25 by the time the Vols face them. And it’s very possible two are in there. Somehow or another, they need to find a way to get one of those wins. It doesn’t even have to be when they face them.
At the end of the year, though, the idea would be that the Vols beat a team who was in the top 25 when they faced off or at least finished the season in the top 25. That would be a great accomplishment for Jeremy Pruitt’s second season. So it stays a reasonable goal.