Tennessee 2010: Early Schedule Prediction

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 5:  Running back Arian Foster #27 of the University of Tennessee Volunteers scores a touchdown as Tom Zbikowski #9 (R) and Chinedum Ndukwe #18 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish try to stop him on November 5, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Tennessee 41-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Last Season UT had a surprising turn around from a previous '08 season that was just smashing! After coming off of a non-stellar 5-7 season the Vols where still looking for the replacement king to get them back into the SEC East race.

We all know how that turned out.

For the '09 season I had predicted that UT would go 7-5, however I got UGA and Auburn mixed up in the win/loss column.

Well, lets see what the Vols have in store for 2010.

September 4th, Tennessee Martin: A nice game to start out with. The Vols learn some important team lessons. -W-

September 11th, Oregon: Right now Derek Dooley is thanking his lucky stars that Jeremiah Mosali is a complete moron. That makes this game more manageable with out him and the fact that this will be the season opener for LaMichael James doesn't hurt either. Nope check that. It does. The Ducks have enough time to replace the suspended QB and returning nine defensive players doesn't hurt either. -L-

September 18th, Florida: I know that UF has lost a lot of talent, but they have not lost their head coach nor been inconsistent in bringing in top talent. Vols will play tough as usual and make it six years in a row. -L-

September 25th, UAB: Thank God for UAB. The Blazers will be the Vol's punching bag but don't expect that bag to not smile back and ask for seconds. -W-

October 2nd, at Louisiana State: Chavis has been waiting for this moment,...well not exactly, but he isn't going to make it easy on Tennessee. Dooley knows the LSU landscape but still needs some more time traversing it. -L-

October 9th, at Georgia: The Dawg's lose a lot on defense but pretty much keep an intact offense with the exception of quarterback. You may see a repeat of the '09 game with a reverse effect. Home field advantage sways heavy in UGA's favor. -L-

October 23rd, Alabama: The "third" Saturday in October, well, so much for that old saying. The Vols take a biweek before Bama much as they did last year. They will play up to Bama however they still need some more talent on defense. -L-

October 30th, at South Carolina: This will be the worst October in the history of UT football. I don't think there is one October where UT didn't win a game. The Gamecocks just have too much going for them with the returning starters plus an added home field advantage. -L-

November 11th, at Memphis: The Tiger will give all they got trying to beat up a six loss SEC team but even the Vols have some pride. This is a good recruiting trip for Dooley? -W-

November 13th, Mississippi: The Rebels got the best of Tennessee last year and for very good reason. Dexter McCluster was unleashed. Well, Ole Miss doesn't have Dexter this year nor does it have much of anything. This is more of a swing game with the advantage going to home field. But don't be surprised if goes awry. -W-

November 20th, at Vanderbilt: The Dors normally do not pose much of a threat and this year will be no different. -W-

November 27th, Kentucky: What, are we up to 25 now? Or is it 26 straight? After 15 straight loses you should just stop counting if you are Wildcat fan. With new head coach Joker Phillips, yet to be seen, the Cats looks to end their losing streak and what better place to do it than in Neyland Stadium. Unfortunately for Joker the joke is on him (I couldn't help myself). Not enough talent to stop a talentless team. -W-

Final notes: Right now the aforementioned statement is true. However, several players can step up and become superstars. Sure the Vols have Janzen Jackson and maybe Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones could step up, but who is going to get them the ball?

Losing Eric Berry and Rico McCoy doesn't help either plus a lot of the offensive line.

What about losing Bryce Brown? 

Six loses on the season is within a very good prediction range considering the lack of talent and depth on this team. As a matter of opinion I don't think it would be to far of a stretch to say that UT may lose seven or eight games this season.

Tennessee is looking at a rebuilding year and will be doing so for the next couple of seasons. Stability with Dooley is the best thing that can happen for the program at present. 

And, the program along with fans need to understand that it is not Dooleys fault. 

But, don't start to think that Fulmer needs to be rehired after the 2010 season. His time has come and gone at Tennessee and right now Dooley wants to be a champion more than Fulmer wants to be a Vol.