Tennessee Volunteers Face Difficult 2014 Schedule

By Tim Letcher
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The Tennessee Volunteers are coming off of a 5-7 season, which was the first in Knoxville for head coach Butch Jones. The Big Orange faithful are hoping for an improvement this season, but the schedule is quite daunting for the Vols in 2014.

Tennessee opens with two games it should win, home contests against Utah State and Arkansas State.

The Vols face their first big test in week three as they visit the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman. Oklahoma figures to be one of the best teams in the country this season, so the Vols will need to be at the top of their game.

After an off week, Tennessee faces a pair of Southeastern Conference Eastern Division opponents. The Vols visit the Georgia Bulldogs on September 27 before hosting the Florida Gators the following week.

Tennessee then hosts FCS Chattanooga before a road game against the Ole Miss Rebels.

The following two weeks will pose two more big challenges. Tennessee hosts the Alabama Crimson Tide on October 25, followed by a road contest against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

On November 15, the Vols host the Kentucky Wildcats, followed by the season’s final home game, which is against the defending SEC East champions, the Missouri Tigers.

Tennessee closes the regular season by visiting the Vanderbilt Commodores.

With all of the questions surrounding the quarterback position, Tennessee figures to have a tough time handling this type of schedule. While there are probably four games that the Vols will likely win (Utah State, Arkansas State, Chattanooga and Kentucky), there are also a number of games that are likely losses.

Tennessee must beat Vanderbilt and find one more win if they are to return to a bowl this season.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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