The Tennessee Volunteers fell short of expectations this season, stumbling to an 8-4 record in a year where many thought they could contend for the SEC and national titles.
Tennessee will be finishing the season with a meeting against Nebraska in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, a far cry from where the Volunteers thought the would have been coming into 2016. So where did it all go wrong?
According to Butch Jones, a lot of the team’s struggles had to do with a very tough schedule.
“Our schedule was the most difficult schedule in the country,” Jones told the media, according to Wes Rucker of 247 Sports.
Unfortunately, a tough schedule can’t explain losses to Vanderbilt and South Carolina. Jones also seems to be ignoring one of the Volunteers’ biggest issues this season, the injury bug which led to more than a dozen starters finding their way to the sideline.
Butch: Everybody’s got good players. The teams that stay healthy are the teams that give themselves a chance to compete for championships.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) December 5, 2016
“I don’t think I’ve ever been through a football season like this, just with all the adversities, week-in, week-out,” Jones said.
Hey, at least the Vols will always have the championship of life.