CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd has named Tennessee Football and Kentucky Football as a possible contender ahead of the 2020 season.
Tennessee football will be looking to continue their momentum this fall and start of the 2020 season 1-0 this Saturday when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina, to take on the Gamecocks.
The Vols finished the 2019 season as one of the hottest teams in the country, finished with a top-ten recruiting class, and now, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports has named the Vols an “it” team in the SEC.
Dodd named Tennessee and Kentucky to the SEC’s “it” list as both teams are expected to be good, but not great this season. Both teams are also fighting to bring down Georgia and Florida to claim the SEC East title. I don’t think that’ll happen for either team this year, but Dodd still thinks highly of the Vols and Wildcats.
"“The Vols finished last season winning six in a row for their best record since 2016,” Dodd wrote. “Jeremy Pruitt is killing it in recruiting. But in the SEC (and everywhere), if you don’t have a quarterback, you don’t have a chance. Jarrett Guarantano has been polarizing as a redshirt senior, and this is his last chance to leave a positive legacy. The top three ballcarriers return. Jim Chaney is still the play caller, and Cade Mays received a long-awaited transfer waiver from the NCAA. (He still needs clearance from the SEC).”"
Dodd points out that the Vols and Wildcats will be competing for “the first runners up” in the SEC East. Of course, Tennessee fans think that’ll be Tennessee, and Kentucky fans think that’ll be Kentucky. Kentucky doesn’t have a Jeremy Pruitt, though.
Pruitt has had Kentucky’s number since taking over Tennessee’s football program. The Vols are 2-0 against Kentucky, and as long as Pruitt continues to improve Tennessee, I don’t expect to lose to Kentucky anytime soon.
We’ve finally made it to game week, and it’s almost football time in Tennessee. The Vols kick off their season Saturday night against South Carolina.