KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s over/under win total for the 2017 regular season stands at 7 1/2, according to CG Technology Sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Vols coach Butch Jones has never won fewer regular season games from one year to the next, but after consecutive 8-win regular seasons Vegas is betting that 10-year trend will change.
Tennessee lost 3-year starting quarterback Josh Dobbs to graduation, and a trio of junior standouts turned pro following their junior seasons: DE Derek Barnett, WR Josh Malone and RB Alvin Kamara.
New strength coach Rock Gullickson has brought a renewed energy to the weight room and Jones upgraded his staff, promoting Larry Scott to coordinator while bringing in Mike Canales as QB coach, Kevin Beard as receivers coach and promoting Walt Wells from internal operations.
On defense, second-year defensive coordinator Bob Shoop found Charlton Warren to coach his defensive backs and Brady Hoke was brought on board to coach the defensive line.
At least one FoxSports writer isn’t buying in, however, saying it would be “virtually impossible” for Tennessee to get back to 8 wins.
Fox writer Aaron Torres made the Vols falling beneath the 7 1/2-win total one of his best bets, though some of his assessment could be questioned.
Torres stated that last year’s Tennessee schedule, which included no less than 5 division champions, was a “favorable schedule” because its games with Alabama and Florida were at home.
The neutral site game with ACC divisional champion Virginia Tech was not noted, nor was the road trip to then-undefeated Texas A&M last season.