KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones has the Vols football program on the upswing, coming off back-to-back Top 25 seasons and three straight bowl wins.
Tennessee has been ranked in Athlon Sports’ preseason Top 25, but FoxSports recently said it would be “virtually impossible” for Jones to lead the Vols to eight wins this season.
Even Athlon, which has Tennessee at No. 19, didn’t list any Vols’ players on its first or second-team defense.
So why does it seem Tennessee and Jones don’t get the same respect as other programs, even while the Vols join Florida and Alabama as the only SEC teams to win 9 games or more each of the past two years?
WNML’s Josh Ward and SEC Country’s Mike Griffith discuss in today’s podcast: