2. Have a winning record at home in the SEC
Beating the Auburn Tigers on the road and Kentucky Wildcats at home last year accomplished two of the goals on this list for Tennessee football. However, they still went 1-3 in the SEC on the road and 1-3 in the SEC at home.
This year, they need to try to have a winning record in the conference at home. Considering the fact that the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators and Missouri Tigers, three of their four toughest games, are all on the road, this is a very reasonable request. Jeremy Pruitt may set a higher expectation, but this is where we’re going.
Assuming this happens, they would probably have to beat the Vanderbilt Commodores, South Carolina Gamecocks and Mississippi State Bulldogs. All three of those games should be designated toss-ups, even Vanderbilt considering the fact that they have won three straight against the Vols.
However, if they do lose one of those games, then they need to somehow get that upset over the Georgia Bulldogs. Okay, that’s almost not happening. So this goal really is saying they should try to beat Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Mississippi State.
Hey, none of those teams are ranked. Vandy lost Kyle Shurmur, and MSU lost Nick Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, the Vols nearly beat S.C. on the road last year. So all three of these games are certainly winnable.
If they get a 3-1 record in the SEC at home with those games, win a road game, likely Missouri or over the Kentucky Wildcats, then you’re looking at a team that is on a great track to a winning record. But that comes with an absolute must.