The Tennessee Volunteers ended the 2014 season on a high note, winning three of the last four regular season games and the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl over Iowa. They gained a lot of momentum towards the end of the year and — despite finishing 7-6 — a lot of people have been saying that the Volunteers look to be one of the strongest teams in the SEC East this year.
The Volunteers were ranked 25 in the Preseason Coaches Poll and are rumored to be on the AP Preseason Poll that releases Sunday, August 23.
During an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show, ESPN’s Jesse Palmer said he believes the team will be able to use the momentum from the 2014 season and their strong 2015 recruiting class to win the SEC East and get to the championship game in December.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 21, 2015
Palmer, a former quarterback for the Florida Gators, has been a college football analyst with ESPN since 2007. He certainly knows a lot about the Volunteers after playing them four times in his career in Gainesville.
The Volunteers last won the SEC East in 2007, when they barely fell to eventual BCS National Champion LSU 21-14. The Volunteers haven’t won the conference championship since 1998, which is also the last time they won the national championship.
The Georgia Bulldogs are the favorite to win the SEC East this season, but the Volunteers are a close second. Many people believe the division crown will come down to the game between the Bulldogs and Volunteers, which takes place at Neyland Stadium on October 10.
The Volunteers open the season on September 5 when they host Bowling Green at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
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