Reason for Optimism: A fresh start. New coach Jeremy Pruitt is one of college football’s top minds on defense and is a standout recruiter. The future looks bright for Tennessee. Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano and running back Ty Chandler form a promising duo on offense, and guard Trey Smith is already among the SEC’s best in the trenches.
Reason for Concern: Pruitt needs time to implement his style of play and overall makeup of the roster. Progress should be notable, but Tennessee has a tough path to six or seven wins. The rush defense must improve after giving up 251.3 yards a game in 2017.
Athlon's top 4 are the same as ESPN's FPI (Bama, Clemson, Ohio State and UGA) they just put Bama over Clemson which is fine. That freshman qb for Bama did show a lot of potential. Still seeing a lot of love for Oklahoma at #6 but they have ND at #14 which seems a little more realistic to me. Maybe the most shocking on this one is Florida at #25. They are expecting a good showing from the Gators in Mullen's first season.