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Posted: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 7:31 AM • Permalink
Firstly, factually and furiously, your Vol Colonel leads things off on this Tuesday.

Vol Colonel
Forty some more days until we kick it off with Appalachian State. Camp starts in a couple of weeks. Football is just around the corner. This week I thought I'd throw out some observations and some of the questions I have as we enter the 2016 season. We'll talk about the SEC and cover some of the nation.

There were two and then the rest. Chad Kelly and Josh Dobbs are like the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier of the SEC at QB. Everybody else is Jerry Quarry, or Gerry Cooney for that matter.

Is there a SEC Coach on the hot seat entering the 2016 season? I don't really think so. I get the feeling Derek Mason could go 2-10 and he'd be safe. They can get trigger happy at Auburn in a hurry. If Gus Malzahn were to only win 6 games, would the natives on the plains get restless? Maybe Kevin Sumlin if things get sideways in College Station.Those are the only three that I could see possibly getting in some trouble if the season goes south, but even then it would be a long shot.

After back to back 5-7 seasons in Lexington, is this the year Kentucky finds 6 wins and goes bowling? I think so.

It will be interesting following the NCAA cloud hanging over Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze as the season rolls on. Could it be a distraction for the Rebels this year?

Alabama lost Derrick Henry, Jake Coker, Reggie Ragland and a few more key pieces to last years puzzle. Will they reload and Roll Tide as usual for Nick Saban?

Georgia gave up 9-10 wins every year under Mark Richt to go into the great unknown with Kirby Smart. Was it a smart move or one that Georgia will regret over the long haul?

It's crazy looking back on the attempted coup down at LSU last year when some power brokers wanted Les Miles out. Les had the last laugh and once again he has a team that has playoff talent from top to bottom, but the question remains the same in Baton Rouge. Can they find the QB play to get them over the hump?

Can Will Muschamp pick up the broken pieces of his college coaching career and get South Carolina back on the winning track after a horrible year that seen Steve Spurrier get out of Dodge during the season?

Jim McElwain won 10 games in his first season at Florida. Can he find a QB and an offense to go along with a pretty stout defense and have the Gators contending in the East again this year?

When it comes to Arkansas I think of that old song, Stuck In The Middle With You. It's hard to get to the top of the West with Alabama and LSU always playing king of the mountain. It's a dog fight for position with Auburn, A&M and the Mississippi schools.

Missouri had tremendous success it's first couple of years in the SEC under Gary Pinkel. They came back to reality last year and with all the turnover and turmoil at Mizzou, you have to wonder if their program is headed for the bottoms for an extended stay.

The hunter has been become the hunted in Knoxville this season. Can Butch Jones and the Volunteers live up to the hype? That might be biggest broad stroke question facing Tennessee this year.

Looking nationally. Charlie Strong has been under tremendous pressure to win since he arrived in Austin. It's put up or close up shop for Strong this year in my estimation. If Strong falters, I could see Texas after going after the young up and comer at Houston, Tom Herman. Herman is one of the bright young coaching stars in the business and it's hard not to see him landing a big coaching gig in the near future.

Clemson knocked on the door of a national championship last year. Do they have enough to kick the door down this season and bag a natty?

Michigan improved by leaps and bounds under Jim Harbaugh in year one. Will they take another step forward this season and contend for a conference title and a possible playoff berth?

Ohio State has been off the charts good since Urban Meyer took over the program. They were 12-1 last year. J.T Barrett returns at QB, but the Buckeyes only return 3 starters on offense and 3 on defense. Will Meyer be able to reload or will they come down from their throne in 2016?

Oklahoma State won 10 games last season and return 17 starters, including 10 on offense. Could they be a surprise contender to make the playoff this year?

Chris Peterson enters his 3rd season out at Washington. They won 7 games last season, but have a lot of skill people returning. If they can improve on the offensive line and can protect the QB better, they could be one of the surprises in the PAC-12

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Oklahoma is poised to make a playoff run this season. Baker Mayfield returns at QB and they look potent on offense. They'll need to replace Eric Striker and some other pass rushers, but it looks like Big Game Bob has Oklahoma back to playing Oklahoma football again.

I read yesterday that the NCAA is exploring the idea of abolishing kickoffs. Please, don't let this happen. That would be a huge mistake and it would take away a big part of the game. Can we leave the game alone?

In closing here, I'd just like to say my heart goes out to the families of those police officers that have been killed in the line of duty in Dallas and Baton Rouge here in the last week or so. When will the madness end and the division stop and when will we all realize that all lives matter. It's just tragic what's going on right now.

Have a Great Day and Go Big Orange

Your Vol Colonel

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2016 Schedule
Appy State
Va. Tech*
@ Georgia
@ Texas A&M
@ South Carolina
TN Tech
@ Vanderbilt
* Bristol, TN
All Times ET

I had a really wonderful blog written for today but my work got erased. So, here's the short version.

We had some terrific talk yesterday on the show on the importance of Florida. It's almost as if with much of our fan base that entire first month of the season is ALL about Florida. And why not? It is ALL about Florida.

Mariano had a great call and then expressed concern for the current recruiting class. My bottom line is that absent of at least a 10 win season it will be tough to continue to recruit to minimal results. Put simply, Tennessee MUST win this year. They must win some games of consequence. The Vols had a golden opportunity in 2015 to breakout a year early. The Georgia win was nice but it didn't have near the impact of beating either Oklahoma or Florida. I believe that if Tennessee wins as we're expecting then recruiting will take care of itself.

It's hard to comprehend how excited this fan base is for the Florida game. I had a caller say that if we get a chance to pour it on them late, we should. Why are we talking about this on July 19th? What's wrong with us? What's wrong with me? I know this.....I'm sick and tired of losing the that damn bunch from Florida. Beano said that Butch's slogan of 'Own It' better not become 'Blown It'.

In all fairness to Butch Jones he doesn't get enough credit for being a wonderful details head coach. Tennessee has ALWAYS been prepared under Jones when they come out of the tunnel to begin games. They don't take stupid penalties. They win the kicking game virtually every time out. There's a lot to feel great about with this guy. His in game coaching and decision making does leave much desired and nobody's perfect. Hopefully he can get a LITTLE bit better.

Fab Five Freddie asked an interesting question yesterday. Do you realize we've had streaks of 10, 16 and now 18 years and counting without winning an SEC Championship? That's insane. Or is it reality? How do you answer this?

Also, Fab Five said the SEC can sit around and puff it's chest out about its new members and it's reach, but the bottom line is that this league is comprised of 6 teams. The rest are window dressing.

The Six Teams That Matter In The SEC:

I'm listing those teams in order by historical performance and significance. Sure, Tennessee has spells where it's disappeared but the tremendous history of the program lands the Vols #2 in the Nation's #1 conference. I agree with Freddie that LSU and Georgia are in a dead heat for 3rd while Florida and Auburn are grouped together. No offense to the other 8 teams in the league but they don't matter. They are filler.

I say this with the realization that Arkansas has wonderful tradition but they are like a man without a country in today's SEC. They just don't matter. Ole Miss is nice and the NFL Draft night was lots of fun but they don't matter. Miss State doesn't really count though the past couple of seasons were interesting. I know you're thinking: how can you rank the Vols #2 and leave Mizzou off the list of the top 6 entirely? Firstly, Mizzou is over. Secondly, they don't belong in this league. They are there for TV revenue. Period. End of sentence.. It's the deal with A&M. They don't belong in the SEC. I'm sure they'll be interesting at times like they were with Manziel but I don't care. They don't matter. I don't care if they beat Tennessee this year (and I think they will) but it doesn't matter. They still don't matter to us. And they never will.

What do you think of the list? Agree or disagree? Who do you rank where?

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