9. The Vols will lose a game they shouldn’t
In 2015, Tennessee finished 9-4 (5-3 SEC) with a #22 ranking in the AP poll. Many would argue that Tennessee lost some games it shouldn’t have, which would include the Florida and Arkansas losses. Some media outlets are already claiming the Appalachian State game or the Battle at Bristol versus Virginia Tech have the potential to be upsets. However, this should be the year the Vols have enough talent to comfortably put away any underdog teams and close out tight games.
The 2016 schedule has all the potential to be in favor for the Vols, especially with the SEC East being projected fairly weak. However, do not be surprised if the Vols lose a game they are expected to win. The one that stands out the most would be the Texas A&M game.
The Vols will visit College Station on October 8th, which falls right after the Florida and Georgia matchups. Tennessee will have experienced some wear and tear by that point, and A&M’s first five games will not be as tough as the Vols’ first five. Tennessee has the better team on paper, but don’t count A&M out.