With just one more weekend to go before the start of the 2013 college football season, it's officially acceptable to make predictions for the upcoming season. The Tennessee Volunteers have had fans wondering and debating what kind of season they'll have all offseason because of the renewed energy in Knoxville.
All credit goes to Butch Jones and his relentless staff for embracing the Volunteer tradition, adding their own flair and pressing forward with their "brick by brick" strategy to get Tennessee back. Until now, Jones has done everything right.
But the one and only way he'll be graded in the long term is his on-field success. Recruiting is great. Developing is even better. But winning is king of kings, lord of lords. It's the be-all end-all to the future of a coach.
So how does the 2013 season look? I believe there are too many people on the poles on this subject—some thinking nine-plus wins, while others think an unprecedented fourth consecutive losing season is imminent.
As usual, the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.