Tennessee Football 2011: Looking at the SEC East Schedule for the Volunteers

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Tennessee Football 2011: Looking at the SEC East Schedule for the Volunteers
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Last year, new head coach Derek Dooley deemed the season "Year Zero" because of how much needed to be rebuilt in Knoxville.

Now, it’s Year One, and the Vols are looking to move forward after a below-average season for the former SEC power.

The Tennessee Volunteers have a lot of questions across the board, and as competitors in the toughest conference, they need to get to the answers sooner rather than later.

The non-conference schedule for the Orange is nothing short of pathetic with the toughest test at home against Cincinnati on September 10th. Other non-conference contests include visits from Montana, Buffalo and MTSU.

The SEC East is always a strong division but not at the same projected level of the SEC West this season, and the Vols’ draw of competition from the West is none too favorable with LSU at home, Alabama at Bryant-Denny and on the road against Arkansas.

However, the SEC East schedule always possesses a couple games that are guaranteed wins, so the Vol fans shouldn’t feel too down about an unwinnable schedule, but they shouldn’t be kicking back with a cold one just yet either.

The five games against the SEC East’s competition will provide a challenge in the Vol’s second season under Derek Dooley, and here is a closer look at each game of their SEC East competition.

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