It's finally game week for the Tennessee Volunteers, and that means it's time to do the one thing we writers do best: put on our Nostradamus hats and predict the upcoming season.
Part of the fun of college football is its uncertainty. For every game that plays out exactly the way Vegas said it would, there's another massive upset where a three-touchdown underdog blows out their opponent.
Tennessee isn't getting much respect from the oddsmakers or the experts this season, and for good reason: The Vols are one of the youngest teams in the nation, and they're replacing their entire offensive and defensive lines.
That simply isn't a winning formula.
But it's not all doom and gloom. Tennessee has enough talent and experience at those positions to be competitive throughout their brutal schedule, and the Vols' skill position players are some of the best (and youngest) in the conference.
The roster certainly has the potential to carry Tennessee to six or even seven regular-season wins, along with some surprise end of the year stats and conference recognition along the way.
Here are five bold predictions for Tennessee's 2014 season.