Despite all the concerns surrounding Tennessee football heading into this year, the Vols’ new head coach has seen a lot more success than a third of the Vols’ opponents this year. You could make a case that he’s seen more success than half of UT’s opponents, although Power Five success is weighted more heavily.
Now, the talent disparity between his program and the programs led by these other coaches make things a bit more tricky. However, as a guy who went 28-8 with two top 25 finishes, an American Athletic Conference Championship and an undefeated regular season with the UCF Knights, Heupel’s success may be a bit reassuring.
As we get set to break down the coaches on the Vols’ slate, we’ll analyze them in comparison to Heupel. Part of this is based on projections for the coach, but most of it is based on their resume to this point. Let’s go ahead and dive in with that information. Here is our ranking of all 12 head coaches Tennessee football will face this year.
Overall record: 3-14 (all at BGSU)
The only thing worse than no experience is having experience without any success. Scot Loeffler is getting dangerously close to that. He has been with the Bowling Green Falcons for two years now and is coming off an 0-5 record. You could make a case for the COVID-shortened season changing things, but he was 3-9 the year before that.
Bowling Green hasn’t been the same program since Dino Babers left to take over the Syracuse Orange. However, it hasn’t gotten any better under Loeffler, who replaced Mike Jinks. As a result, he enters this year on an extremely hot seat.
Loeffler’s resume that got him the coaching job is already in question. He was solid as offensive coordinator of the Boston College Eagles from 2016 to 2018, but the Virginia Tech Hokies got better offensively after his tenure as OC there, which was from 2013 to 2015. That track record amplifies why he’s last on the list of coaches facing Tennessee football in 2021.