Tennessee head coach Butch Jones didn’t do himself any favors losing to South Carolina and Vanderbilt last season. Heading into his fourth season in Knoxville, the 2016 Tennessee team appeared to be Jones’ best Volunteer team heading into the season. While the Vols initially lived up to that hype following a 5-0 start, the 4-4 finish to the season left plenty of room for doubt surrounding the Tennessee program heading into 2017.

If the losses to South Carolina and Vanderbilt weren’t bad enough, Tennessee fans may soon see their team suffer its first loss to Mark Stoops’ Kentucky program according to USA TODAY handicapper Danny Sheridan.

Sheridan was a guest of The Paul Finebaum Show Thursday and was asked to give his opinion on Tennessee’s coach. The longtime oddsmaker admitted he was incredibly high on the Vols heading into last season, as were many. His most interesting comments came when he predicted Kentucky to beat Tennessee next season when the Vols travel to Lexington Oct. 28.

“Jones, a good coach, good recruiter, last year I thought they would be sensational in preseason,” Sheridan said on the air. “They were a 1-point underdog in Vegas to Alabama, and I thought they’d beat Alabama in preseason… Butch Jones is looking at seven, maybe eight wins. I think that could be considered mediocrity. I really think they’ll lose to Kentucky at Kentucky. If they lay another egg, if you are a Tennessee grad, is seven or eight wins going to get it for him?”

Sheridan asked Finebaum what he thought about Tennessee winning 7-8 games this season, to which the UT grad said that isn’t considered a success in Knoxville.

“Okay then, the odds are he won’t be renewed,” Sheridan continued. “If he gets nine or 10 wins with his schedule, pretty good.”

Sheridan isn’t the only one high on Kentucky’s odds to beat Tennessee, either. The game opened as a Pick ‘Em according to South Point sports book.

For what it’s worth, Jones will enter the 2017 season with a 4-0 record against Kentucky, his best mark against another SEC program. Jones’ biggest SEC win also came against the Wildcats in 2014, when Tennessee beat Kentucky 50-16.

Tennessee fans that support Jones can only hope Sheridan misses the mark on the Volunteers for the second offseason in a row. On the other hand, UT fans that want Jones out may want to circle Oct. 28 on their calendars now.

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