John Adams: Bowls will offer UT preview of 2014 competition

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban runs defensive back practice drills during Alabama's Sugar Bowl preparation football practice, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/ The Birmingham News, Vasha Hunt)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban runs defensive back practice drills during Alabama's Sugar Bowl preparation football practice, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/ The Birmingham News, Vasha Hunt)

Tennessee didn’t qualify for a bowl this season. But much of its competition next season did, which gives you an idea of what the Vols will be up against in the fall.

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Comments » 3

Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

So Florida, Kentucky, and Chattanooga are the only teams UT plays that did not go to a bowl this year? WOW! Another brutal schedule.

VibrantVol writes:

Look for next year to be a struggle to get to a bowl again for Jones. He won't be expected to truly have UT back on top again until 2015. That schedule hasn't been set yet by the SEC, but that may very well be the year that the league goes to 9 conference games. Depending on whether the Vols are unlucky enough to have 5 SEC games on the road or not, it might be 2016 before we're back on top.

Jones' recruiting is stellar. It remains to be seen, however, whether his coaching staff, most of whom have been coaching at the Central Michigan & Cincinnati level for most of their careers, can cut it in the SEC. Even those that had limited SEC experience when he hired them here were rejects from teams that didn't win championships. Jones will probably realize at some point that he needs a substantial overhaul of his coaching staff. Fulmer had inferior coaches coaching superior players. Jones had better understand that or he will be gone after 3 or 4 seasons.

JSmith525 writes:

I was very optimistic this season for a Bowl bid. Two tough plays/ref calls ensured that the Vols would miss out on that invitation. I really thought we had enough good players, but after watching the speed of other SEC teams I realized that was not the case. I think Coach Jones has done an awesome job recruiting the speed players that the Vols will need to compete. However it will take more than 1 great class to catch up to the big boys of, Bama, USC, UGA, LSU and such. We might be able to compete wit the Vandys, Ole Miss's and maybe Mizzo's this next season though. I will be optimistic that they make a bowl next season. I don't care what they are saying now that extra month of practice in the fall does wonders for the following season!

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