A standard of excellence is slowly making its way back to Knoxville under Butch Jones. And with it come soaring expectations from a hungry Tennessee fan base anxious to once again compete at college football’s most elite level. Following a strong finish to the 2015 season, culminating in yet another dominant bowl victory, the Vols appear to be poised to compete for SEC supremacy in 2016. For the first time, in a long time, Tennessee is actually favored to win the SEC East.
While the Volunteers should be optimistic about their chances of getting to Atlanta, and possibly even further, the path to success for the Volunteers in 2016 features plenty of obstacles. After all, there is no such thing as an easy road when you compete in the SEC. The middle of the Vols’ schedule showcases a gauntlet of four consecutive games that could prove to be as difficult as you will find on any schedule for the upcoming season. It includes back-to-back road games against Georgia and Texas A&M, sandwiched between home games against the Vols’ two biggest adversaries, Florida and Alabama.
The good news is that Tennessee’s 2016 schedule should prove to be slightly more forgiving than last season. The Vols only have to leave the state of Tennessee three times all year, and both Florida and Alabama must travel to Knoxville. The 2016 schedule also features a fairly easy out of conference slate, the “Battle at Bristol” matchup against Virginia Tech being the lone exception. Here now is a more in-depth look at the Tennessee Volunteers 2016 football schedule.
2016 Tennessee Volunteers Schedule
Bye: Week 8
— Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McVey is a diehard Tennessee Volunteers' fan who loves singing "Rocky Top" every opportunity he gets. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS.