Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, right, shakes hands with Georgia State head coach Bill Curry, left, after the Vols defeated the Panthers 51-13 at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
It could be argued that Tennessee is going to have a good year with an improved defense and a healthy quarterback to lead them this year. Actually Mark May picked the Vols to surpise a lot of people because of these two reasons when he spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club a few weeks ago.
Here is what a few local journalists had to say on the matter on Arkansas Sports360:
Harris: Derek Dooley (Tennessee) and Will Muschamp (Florida) square off this weekend? Who needs it the most? Is the loser squarely back on the hot seat?
Schroeder: Dooley needs it more. Somewhat lost in the hoopla over Texas A&M’s entrance into the SEC was that it was a pretty big game for Muschamp, too. He’s only in his second season, but the Gators haven’t been very good, and haven’t looked very good, and that fan base is not a patient bunch. The Aggies aren’t good, either — but that was an important road win for Muschamp. Yeah, he needs to win at Tennessee — but Dooley’s seat is much, much hotter.
Acri: I think they have led their teams to nice wins early and I think neither guy has to win this game. Sorry, I am not normally one who falls in line with the overhyping of Week 3 games, but they are both in good shape today, I think. I do like Tennessee, not that you asked.
Doc: I say Dooley, just because he’s in his third year and Muschamp is just in his second. I think Dooley’s hot seat would be much warmer than Muschamp’s just because of the extra year Dooley’s had to turn things around in Knoxville.
Schroeder: The win over NC State helped Dooley. But he has to win SEC games, especially at home, or he’ll be coaching elsewhere in 2013. (Aside: Wonder if the Vols could find a way to hire Bobby? Nah, couldn’t happen, right?)
Also, and this is completely unsolicited: Please, Derek, drop the orange pants (no, wait, that came out wrong). Try some khakis, man.