Tennessee Football is starting to get some national recognition as Pro Football Focus puts the Vols in its top-25 rankings.
I think it’s safe to say that Tennessee football is on the edge of starting the 2020 season as a top-25 team. If the Vols start the season in the top-25, then they’ll have to defend their ranking early in the season and prove they have what it takes to be recognized as one of the best teams in the country.
A win against Oklahoma in Week 2 could do that for the Vols. If Tennessee isn’t in the top-25 to start the season, then it could be a tough season for the Vols to earn a spot after starting the season unranked due to the difficult schedule.
For now, all we can look at are preseason polls, and the most recent poll comes from Pro Football Focus. We’re creeping into the summer, which means we’re going to get a lot of preseason polls and rankings, and Tennessee is in the top-25 early in poll season.
PFF ranked Tennessee No. 19 in its top-25 rankings and gives Tennessee (+5000) odds to win the National Championship.
"19. Tennessee (+5000)Jarrett Guarantano (0.07 win shares in 2019) returns. Will he finally hit on the promise he has shown at times during his career and propel Tennessee forward in 2020?"
Jarrett Guarantano has been working hard throughout this offseason and has put on some weight to add to his physicality that we saw last season.
After doing some Twitter research, I think that Pro Football Focus likes Guarantano more than some Tennessee fans. PFF has also ranked JG the No. 19 quarterback in the country.
Were there issues with JG at quarterback? Yes, but him adding weight could be eye candy for some Tennessee fans ready to see the Vols run through the T again this fall. It’s not even a guarantee that Guarantano will be the starting quarterback this fall. I think there could be an intriguing QB battle this summer when the Vols get back on the practice field.
Regardless of JG and the QB situation, Tennessee’s offense is going to return a lot of key starters to help the quarterback out. All five offensive linemen are returning, and the addition of five-star tackle Cade Mays won’t hurt.
Eric Gray will also be back for his sophomore season, and after watching him destroy defenses at the end of last season, his potential is sky-high.
Tennessee is a good football team with a lot of starters returning and higher expectations than a seven-win season.