KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Butch Jones has said the final five games of the season will be more of a grind for his Tennessee football team than the first seven.
On the surface, it’s a statement that would not seem to make sense.
But upon further review, the No. 18-ranked Vols did struggle with Appalachian State in their opener and against Ohio.
Next up is South Carolina, a game that has been decided by three points or less each of the past four seasons.
Further, Jones knows his personnel better than anyone, and with Tennessee bringing several players back form injury, it’s fair to ask what the head coach knows that we might not now at this point.