This season was disappointing by the historically established lofty standards of Tennessee's football program, but that doesn't mean 2013's 5-7 mark was unexpected.
Virtually all of the Volunteers' offensive production from last year left for the NFL. They still returned the same dearth of talent on a historically bad defense. And Butch Jones was implementing a new offensive and defensive scheme in his first season as head coach.
Yes, 2013 was predictably doomed from the start. Unfortunately for the Vols, losing seasons have come in abundance lately.
But that doesn't change the fact that UT had the opportunity to beat Vanderbilt and Kentucky to make it to the program's first bowl game since 2010. The Vols didn't, and that is unacceptable.
There are various reasons why Tennessee couldn't close the deal. So let's examine a position-by-position report card to dissect where things went wrong and what UT must do moving forward.