The Biggest Reasons Why the Vols Could Surprise in 2017

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    The national media has been split on how to view the Vols this season. In fact, Tennessee was recently picked as both the “most overrated” and the “most underrated” team in the SEC by CBS Sports writers.

    But for the most part, the national media has been fairly negative on the Vols this offseason, especially compared to this time last year. The Vols were voted to finish third in the SEC East during SEC Media Days this year, but plenty of analysts are picking the Vols to finish fourth or even lose to Kentucky in football this season.

    Tennessee isn’t being picked by many to finish better than 8-4 on the season or better than third in the division. But there’s reason to believe the Vols could surprise in 2017 and end up better than anticipated.

    Here are the biggest reasons why the Vols could surprise in 2017.

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    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.