Tennessee Football: Final Game-by-Game Schedule Predictions

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Tennessee Football: Final Game-by-Game Schedule Predictions
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With only a few days left until the Tennessee Volunteers open their 118th football season in Neyland Stadium, it's time to take stock one last time of the upcoming schedule and predict the wins and losses.

First, a sobering fact: Tennessee hasn't had a winning season since 2009 when it won seven games under Lane Kiffin. In fact, the Vols have enjoyed only three winning seasons since 2005, with the other two coming in 2006 and 2007 during the twilight years of Phillip Fulmer's tenure as head coach.

Based on his stellar recruiting efforts, second-year head coach Butch Jones appears to have the Vols on the right track toward competing in the SEC, but first he needs to get Tennessee above .500 for the season and back to a bowl game—something the vast majority of players on the roster have never experienced. 

Unfortunately for Jones, simply breaking even this year is a tall task, given the difficulty of the Vols' schedule in 2014. That said, there are some glimmers of hope, as the team's speed and athleticism received a massive upgrade with the arrival of the 2014 recruits.

In addition, Tennessee's opponents have many question marks as well, as several are breaking in new quarterbacks and adjusting to new coaches and coordinators. 

The margin for error this season is razor-thin for Jones and his young team, but there's enough talent on the roster to make the postseason for the first time since 2010.

Here's a breakdown of how they're going to get there. 

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