Tennessee Football: Early Game-by-Game Prediction for the 2014 Season

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Tennessee Football: Early Game-by-Game Prediction for the 2014 Season
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The Tennessee Volunteers face nine teams on their 2014 football schedule that played in the postseason a year ago, making head coach Butch Jones' team's slate arguably the toughest in the nation.

The goal is a bowl.

With the Vols expected to play freshmen all over the field, the upcoming season could be exciting but will test the Big Orange Nation's patience.

Brighter days are coming, as indicated by a top-10 recruiting class on 247Sports and youthful talent all over the field. But it's incredibly difficult to win the rugged SEC with as many newcomers as Jones will be forced to play.

Throw in a nonconference schedule that includes national championship contender Oklahoma and dangerous Utah State with its talented signal-caller, Chuckie Keeton, and UT's slate of games is unenviable for anybody in Year 2 of a rebuild.

UT will find out just how talented Jones' first full recruiting class is right away and throughout the year.

Let's take a look at some early game-by-game predictions and see how it looks like the Vols may stack up to that daunting schedule.

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