Tennessee head coach Butch Jones' "brick-by-brick" rebuilding project will hit a brick wall in 2014 in the form of one of the most difficult schedules in college football.
Whether the Volunteers can power through it and secure a bowl berth will go a long way in determining just how much momentum Jones has a year from now, when his regime will truly begin to be judged.
This season is about growing up, getting better and making the postseason for the first time in four years.
From the regular slate of rigorous SEC opponents to an out-of-conference schedule that features Utah State, Arkansas State and Sugar Bowl champion Oklahoma, there are few freebies on this year's docket.
Here's a breakdown of the minefield that UT must navigate through to make a bowl game, from the easiest game to the hardest.
The ranking criteria includes where the game is played, how far along a UT team that could play as many as 25 newcomers from a class ranked seventh by 247Sports is in the maturation process as well as how the Vols match up personnel-wise.