By all accounts, Butch Jones wanted the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee. He even went so far as to call it his "dream job" shortly after being hired. However, he has walked into a situation in which a restless fan base will want to see the Volunteers win immediately under their new leader. And to add to the difficulty of that, the schedule that lies ahead in 2013 will almost certainly rank as one of the most difficult in all of America.
One look at the Volunteers list of opponents in the coming season reveals that the dream could turn into a nightmare very quickly.
After opening with Austin Peay and Western Kentucky, the Vols will then head on the road to face Oregon and Florida on back-to-back weekends in mid-September. And as tough as that sounds, it only gets more difficult. A non-conference game with South Alabama will be followed by contests with Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. From there it is off to face Missouri before finishing up the home portion of the schedule against SEC foes Auburn and Vanderbilt. Then the Vols will play at Kentucky in the season finale.
For a first year head coach, this has to be one of the toughest assignments one could imagine. But even with the difficulty, there are seven games the new coach can and must win in his first season to prove that he has his team on the right track.
2013 Tennessee Volunteers Football Schedule:
|08/31/13||vs. Austin Peay||Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)||TBA|
|09/07/13||vs. Western Kentucky||Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)||TBA|
|09/14/13||at Oregon||Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.)||TBA|
|09/21/13||at Florida *||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Fla.)||TBA|
|09/28/13||vs. South Alabama||Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)||TBA|
|10/05/13||vs. Georgia *||Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)||TBA|
|10/19/13||vs. South Carolina *||Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)||TBA|
|10/26/13||at Alabama *||Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)||TBA|
|11/02/13||at Missouri *||Faurot Field (Columbia, Mo.)||TBA|
|11/09/13||vs. Auburn *||Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)||TBA|
|11/23/13||vs. Vanderbilt *||Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)||TBA|
|11/30/13||at Kentucky *||Commonwealth Stadium (Lexington, Ky.)||TBA|