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Noogaorange writes:

Another dumb poll. Wins are important, how we win and lose are also going to be important. If we get blown out by the better teams we're looking at another coach. It would be better for everyone except the Dooley haters for us to have a good year! And I think we will. GBO

2Geezy writes:

I can't believe 10 is not leading. To me, that would constitute a successful season. Maybe I'm crazy or maybe this poll just doesn't make any since.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Orange_Gravy:

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Moral victories shouldnt be in a UT fans vocabulary.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to 2Geezy:

I can't believe 10 is not leading. To me, that would constitute a successful season. Maybe I'm crazy or maybe this poll just doesn't make any since.

This poll just reflects the expectations of most Vols fans. 80% think less than 8 wins is not successful. I think UT fans have realized how tough it is to play in the SEC the last few years, and have adjusted their expectations from what they used to be.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

I agree with the Orangeman. Most Vol fans are thinking 8 or more wins.

Trolls ( Bodeane/kid, Scribbler, Merlot, Adams, etc) are hoping for 0 wins, or at best just one win.

gwills228#231210 writes:

So goes Bray, so goes the team. The offense should be able to hold their on against most teams they play this year. The question mark is the defense. And i still say that Dooley is in over his head, the SEC is not the place for him.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to gwills228#231210:

So goes Bray, so goes the team. The offense should be able to hold their on against most teams they play this year. The question mark is the defense. And i still say that Dooley is in over his head, the SEC is not the place for him.

Gee Willy....please enlighten us all as to why you are such an excellent judge of coaches in the SEC. Surely you must have played on a team in the SEC. Surely you played in the NFL as a first round draft pick.. Surely you retired at the top of your game and became a Head Coach at the age of 35. Otherwise, you would not be able to pronounce CDD unworthy of being an SEC Head Coach. I can't wait to hear about your qualifications....I have goosebumps! Troll!!!!!!

Hounddawg writes:

After consulting with David Howell who is very close to the situation I believe we have to have at least 8 wins.

brokebackvol writes:

7 = BAD, unless CLOSE losses to good teams
8 = status quo, continue building
9 = better than expected, good work Dooley
10+ = turned the corner, UT back to being UT

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Gee Willy....please enlighten us all as to why you are such an excellent judge of coaches in the SEC. Surely you must have played on a team in the SEC. Surely you played in the NFL as a first round draft pick.. Surely you retired at the top of your game and became a Head Coach at the age of 35. Otherwise, you would not be able to pronounce CDD unworthy of being an SEC Head Coach. I can't wait to hear about your qualifications....I have goosebumps! Troll!!!!!!

Giving an uninformed opinion does not a troll make.

I figure eight wins this year constitutes a sucessful season. Truthfully 7-5 would be ok with me as long as they are fun to watch and competitive. More than five losses (including bowl game) starts to be a problem.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to brokebackvol:

7 = BAD, unless CLOSE losses to good teams
8 = status quo, continue building
9 = better than expected, good work Dooley
10+ = turned the corner, UT back to being UT

Who could argue with that logic. Sounds about right to me. 8 wins should give UT fans enough confidence in Dooley and give us reason to be cautiously excited for 2013. According to how they play, 7 wins will still have some fans wanting to stay the course with Dooley, but many will have no confidence he can get it done. I am really hoping for 9 wins with a bowl game, but what really matters is 8 wins regular season.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to brokebackvol:

7 = BAD, unless CLOSE losses to good teams
8 = status quo, continue building
9 = better than expected, good work Dooley
10+ = turned the corner, UT back to being UT

Most of you grew up during the great Hall of Famers era where he won 9.5 games per year in mostly 11 game seasons and had 9 10+ win seasons out of 16. Of course, the UT history, other than those years and a couple of years in the dinosaur days, averaged just over 6 wins per year. They have a grand total of 1 legit National Title and one with an asterisk in the well over 100 years they have been playing. Many of you are spoiled by the Hall of Famer. Many of you do not know your history. Some of you get your individual self esteem based on "Them Vols".

Truth is, the great Hall of Famer's run is over. We are back to being a 500 or slightly batter program that does not and will not for many generations, play in the same sandbox as the elite.

Do some research and enjoy those tailgates. This is another 500 team even with the softest schedule in modern day school history.

RealisticVol writes:

in response to 2Geezy:

I can't believe 10 is not leading. To me, that would constitute a successful season. Maybe I'm crazy or maybe this poll just doesn't make any since.

I agree! Dooley can probably stay at 8, but that is NOT a successful season by a long shot. We won't be back to successful until we are winning 10 or MORE.

RealisticVol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Most of you grew up during the great Hall of Famers era where he won 9.5 games per year in mostly 11 game seasons and had 9 10+ win seasons out of 16. Of course, the UT history, other than those years and a couple of years in the dinosaur days, averaged just over 6 wins per year. They have a grand total of 1 legit National Title and one with an asterisk in the well over 100 years they have been playing. Many of you are spoiled by the Hall of Famer. Many of you do not know your history. Some of you get your individual self esteem based on "Them Vols".

Truth is, the great Hall of Famer's run is over. We are back to being a 500 or slightly batter program that does not and will not for many generations, play in the same sandbox as the elite.

Do some research and enjoy those tailgates. This is another 500 team even with the softest schedule in modern day school history.

You, my friend, need to do the research.......and while you are at it change your name to VolzHater.

Having played their first season in 1891, the Vols have amassed a successful tradition for well over a century, with their combined record of 794-349-52 ranking them ninth on the list of all-time winningest major college programs as well as second on the list of winningest SEC programs. Their all-time ranking in bowl appearances is second (tied with the University of Texas) and sixth in all-time bowl victories.

Tennessee has won a total of 16 conference championships, including 13 SEC Championships. The Vols are the last team to win back to back SEC championships, in 1997 and 1998.

They are 2nd only to Alabama in wins and even that only happened in the last few years. So, in all probability whatever team you really pull for [since you don't have the guts to tell us], is probably a far distant also ran. I have to assume you are not an Alabama fan because they generally have more class.

Orange_Juiced writes:

Hey ZZ...what RealVol said. Don't let facts get in the way of you twisting reality...

You gators are like any other parasite. You move in and try to destroy anything that's already living and breathing and established...but we all know with a little medicine and an enema...you'll get flushed away with the rest of the dung...

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

That poll was all right.

Chope writes:

in response to alfrizzle097:

Giving an uninformed opinion does not a troll make.

I figure eight wins this year constitutes a sucessful season. Truthfully 7-5 would be ok with me as long as they are fun to watch and competitive. More than five losses (including bowl game) starts to be a problem.

If we don't win 8 or more this year, when will we? Hunter, Rogers, and Bray will probably all be gone after this year. After 2 losing season in a row, somewhat medicocre recruiting Dooley has not proven anything. The big improvements we are hearing about is all talk so far. I hope for the best and really hope Dooley succeeds, but I do think everyone is entitled to be concerned from what we have seen on the field.

southfloridavol writes:

8 wins in the regular season is a success...I want 9 or 10 wins also, but it's not realistic...Surfer Boy set us back 5 years and we are only in year 3...I'll be in Atlanta for victory number one though...Go Big Orange!

wayoutwill writes:

in response to CantCompare:

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I haven't had to eat my words over last three years,but i will join you at the plate eating the words if we don't have a min. of nine wins when this season ends! We can't give this team any more excuses for not winning;it's shut up or put up time for the Vols this year;my money says "We're back!" Go Vols!

VolGrad writes:

in response to 2Geezy:

I can't believe 10 is not leading. To me, that would constitute a successful season. Maybe I'm crazy or maybe this poll just doesn't make any since.

I believe most people are answering it as the minimum number of wins to call it a successful season. Probably everyone of us would say 10 wins is a successful season.

Considering the conference we are playing in, the depleted roster the past two years and the current level of competition in the SEC East, no one in their "right mind" should consider 10 wins the minimum number to say this was a successful season. With that number, 9 wins would not be considered successful at this point?!

Nonetheless, I'm sure most of us feel we need to see that we are making strides towards that 10+ win season. For me, the number is 8 wins for this year to prove we are headed in the right direction.

Granted, it is about more than numbers. But I feel in order to win 8 games, we must win a couple of toss-up games on top of the ones we should be winning. Given the fact we actually have enough depth for some quality substitutions, we need to be able to pull out those wins. Should we lose one of those, but respond by beating one of the other teams like a Georgia, South Carolina (who are both quite strong this year), then we are still progressing to the place we all want to be with expectations of 10+ win seasons and competing for titles.

Games we SHOULD win (6-0):
GA State Panthers
Akron Zips
Miss State Bulldogs
Troy Trojans
Vanderbilt Commodores
Kentucky Wildcats

*Games that are relative toss-ups(2-0):
NC State Wolfpack
Missouri Tigers

Games we will be picked to lose (?-?):
Florida Gators
Georgia Bulldogs
Alabama Crimson Tide
South Carolina Gamecocks

*I think it is noteworthy to mention that we could probably not have competed with Missouri or NC State last year, not after the injuries to Hunter and Bray. And they both return strong teams this year.

Go Big Orange! Beat the Pack!!!

walt23tn writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Moral victories shouldnt be in a UT fans vocabulary.

Agreed!!! That's why I am a little deflated by the low numbers. It looks like we have settled for being mediocre.

VolGrad writes:

in response to walt23tn:

Agreed!!! That's why I am a little deflated by the low numbers. It looks like we have settled for being mediocre.

Explain how 8 wins is a "low number" for this year.

Granted, 8 Wins is NOT where we want to be year in and year out. But, accepting that as a successful season for THIS year is completely credible. Thinking 10 or more is the minimum for THIS year is not credible.

I still won't be happy if we lose to Alabama, Georgia, Florida or SC. But they all still have stronger (experienced) and deeper teams than we do THIS year.

We have the best WRs in the conference and a pretty good QB. But they are unproven for the most part. Unless we can run the ball better this year, none of that will mean much. Our defense just switched schemes. Though I feel we made an upgrade in the DC, the defense is still unproven. Until we get some games under our belt and see how this team actually performs, I don't legitimately see a shot at 10 wins.

And, there is not a single "moral" victory listed in the 8 wins I expect.

volgrog#210164 writes:

in response to brokebackvol:

7 = BAD, unless CLOSE losses to good teams
8 = status quo, continue building
9 = better than expected, good work Dooley
10+ = turned the corner, UT back to being UT

Good take. Pretty much sums up what I'm thinking, except that I don't think 7 wins cuts it. I'm not looking for moral victories with 5 losses. Seven wins means we lost to someone we should have beaten.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to brokebackvol:

7 = BAD, unless CLOSE losses to good teams
8 = status quo, continue building
9 = better than expected, good work Dooley
10+ = turned the corner, UT back to being UT

I'm tweaking it:
7 wins = Means no improvement with SOS.
8 wins = Marginal improvement, on the right track.
9 wins = Significant improvement.
10 wins= Contract extension for CDD.
11 wins or higher = SEC COY and HBTV!!

volfaninutah writes:

As a Vol fan you have to hope Dooley does well. Because if he doesn't we will be in a HOLE for another 3 years, unless they decide to can him and hire form the staff we have now. He has some tools to work with this year. Hopefully, they can catch some breaks and get the season started off right. Always hope for the best, I for one am stoked for this season. I get tired of reading the same old drivel all summer long. Let the seaon begin and see how it goes. Go VOLS !

pdhuff#552644 writes:

On to Atl...

Volalumnus writes:

Its not the number of wins, its the losses.
I can't see how they can loose 5 games on this schedule and Dooley not be in serious trouble.
Just look at the schedule where the teams are arranged and pick 4 loses. Now add that 5th. Real trouble.

SummittsCourt writes:

8 or 9 wins in the killer SEC would definately be a successful year and I believe this Vols team will do it this year.

Go Vols!

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

KNS can't even add. The percentages they have up at this moment equal 97%. Did I miss the no opinion button?

Razzle writes:

9 wins with losses to Alabubba, Georgia, Miss. State.

VolFanUSNavy writes:

I voted for 9. We will probably only be favored in 5 games all season (Ga St, Akron, Troy, Vandy, Ky). NC State, Fla, and Missouri will probably be 6 or less favorites. It isn't too much of a stretch for us to get these. At Miss. St, at SC, at GA and Alabama will be pretty big upsets for us. We would only need to get one of those for 9. We have Miss St following an open week. This will probaly be our best chance for an upset.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to gwills228#231210:

So goes Bray, so goes the team. The offense should be able to hold their on against most teams they play this year. The question mark is the defense. And i still say that Dooley is in over his head, the SEC is not the place for him.

Totally agree about Bray..It's time for him to put up solid numbers against really good secondarys and upper echelon SEC teams..I really lost respect for him after watching Bray blatantly throw the game against KY..Hard to call him a Vol after he didn't have the b#lls to give 100% in that game..Bigger question mark is will the Oline do it's job

ModelMaker writes:

I think Tennessee is a lot better than most people think this year. I will be disappointed if they do not win 9 games. I think they have an excellent shot at the East championship. Dooley has recruited well and I think the changes that he made in the off season (coaches) plus the hard work that these kids have put in during the off season is going to pay big dividends. I feel really good about this team going into this season. I am really looking forward to the NC State opener. I think NC State is going to wish they never got off the bus or plane whichever. GO VOLS.

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

Id be happy with 7 if we beat Florida this year. If not I think 8 wins is the least for a succesful season,of coarse depending on injuries.

louavol writes:

I think Fulmer got it right when asked last year how he thought the Vols were doing, and his reply was, "Well, now that I'm just an alum, I think they ought to win 'em all."

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Most of you grew up during the great Hall of Famers era where he won 9.5 games per year in mostly 11 game seasons and had 9 10+ win seasons out of 16. Of course, the UT history, other than those years and a couple of years in the dinosaur days, averaged just over 6 wins per year. They have a grand total of 1 legit National Title and one with an asterisk in the well over 100 years they have been playing. Many of you are spoiled by the Hall of Famer. Many of you do not know your history. Some of you get your individual self esteem based on "Them Vols".

Truth is, the great Hall of Famer's run is over. We are back to being a 500 or slightly batter program that does not and will not for many generations, play in the same sandbox as the elite.

Do some research and enjoy those tailgates. This is another 500 team even with the softest schedule in modern day school history.

You know...you're right about the history. The problem is that we don't have to repeat the past. UT doesn't have to resign itself to mediocrity, but unfortunately, our administration (and a lot of our fan base) seems to think that if we are mediocre long enough, it will eventually translate into championships. If we hire a mediocre coach and let him consistently bring in the 7th and 8th best SEC recruiting classes we will eventually beat Bama. It's a stupid philosophy and I can't understand why so many people ascribe to it.

Football works just like any other business in America. Money buys talent. If you want a championship, offer the best coaches in the country $5 mil a year to coach at UT. It really is THAT simple. The best coaches will attract the best recruits and the best recruits will win championships. It isn't rocket science, but for some reason UT seems bound and determined to pay out as little as possible. We keep watering the bamboo. Of course THIS...Oh man THIS year! is the year that our mediocre coach will turn the corner. And if he doesn't, then it was too soon to expect results.

UT fans are set up for failure because they do not demand success. They do not demand accountability. They blame anyone but the guy who occupies the front office and gets paid millions.

UT isn't resigned to mediocrity because of our history, we are resigned to mediocrity because of our present.

bigorangesux writes:

in response to CantCompare:

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Hope you're hungry, CantCompare!!!

volzcrushm writes:

in response to louavol:

I think Fulmer got it right when asked last year how he thought the Vols were doing, and his reply was, "Well, now that I'm just an alum, I think they ought to win 'em all."

Lol... gotta love that guy. He did a great overall job and got screwed for a couple down years. It's great he is still a fabulous ambassador for the Vols. I vote 9 wins with losses to Ala., Ga., and Troy. (kidding)

wildmed writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

Gee Willy....please enlighten us all as to why you are such an excellent judge of coaches in the SEC. Surely you must have played on a team in the SEC. Surely you played in the NFL as a first round draft pick.. Surely you retired at the top of your game and became a Head Coach at the age of 35. Otherwise, you would not be able to pronounce CDD unworthy of being an SEC Head Coach. I can't wait to hear about your qualifications....I have goosebumps! Troll!!!!!!

Sorry, BOFever, but you're as wrong as can be. One doesn't have to have had a professional career in football to evaluate a coach's record in an objective way. If you're optimistic about the Vols and Dooley's prospects, these feelings don't have a factual basis but merely your gut reaction to the usual preseason hype. Don't disrespect the opinion of someone who is examining the facts and the facts speak loud enough for anyone to hear. Up to this point, Dooley has displayed none of the characteristics of a winning SEC coach. And the use of the word "troll" is SO tired...

rabidvol1998 writes:

in response to brokebackvol:

7 = BAD, unless CLOSE losses to good teams
8 = status quo, continue building
9 = better than expected, good work Dooley
10+ = turned the corner, UT back to being UT

Good analysis. Unfortunately, I think 8 wins does not create enough good will and momentum and Dooley would be gone. 9 wins and there is no discussion and we are making strides. Dooley has recruited better than the circumstances each year, so if we win 9 or more, I would expect an excellent class. GBO.

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