College GameDay analysts say it's time to panic about Tennessee
The analysts on ESPN’s College GameDay spent some time talking about Tennessee on Saturday, and it wasn’t an encouraging segment for Big Orange Nation.
Kirk Herbstreit warned that things are going to get “nasty” on Rocky Top while sprinkling in some shots at Volunteers fans to add insult to injury.
“Living in Nashville, let me tell you why it’s time for a panic,” Herbstreit said. “Before the season starts every year, Tennessee’s fans legitimately think they’re going to Atlanta and they’re going to go play in the SEC Championship and they got a good shot to win it. They haven’t mattered since 2001, but they think that they are. And when they lose to Georgia State, it’s like, ‘What has happened?’ And then they lose the next week to BYU. This is a major panic for that fan base. They’re going to win today. They get into Florida — they get into the SEC, things are going to get nasty! Nasty!”
Desmond Howard joined in, bringing up the post-Butch Jones coaching search.
“Jeremy Pruitt is the coach they wanted, and they’re looking at a 1-6 start,” Howard said. “I think it’s time to press the panic button.”
ESPN’s FPI gives Tennessee a 97.7 percent of winning on Saturday. After the UT Chattanooga game, it’s five SEC contests for the Vols, with four coming after the Sept. 28 bye.