Poll: How will UT's season play out?

Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear (39) receives congratulatory helmet slaps from his teammates, including Chase White (73), after kicking the winning extra point in the fourth quarter oagainst Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Vanderbilt won 27-26.

Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press

Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear (39) receives congratulatory helmet slaps from his teammates, including Chase White (73), after kicking the winning extra point in the fourth quarter oagainst Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Vanderbilt won 27-26.

How will Tennessee's season end?

View results | Previous polls

So it’s come to this. The Vols are 0-6 in the SEC and heading into Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt (7 p.m., ESPN2) as a 4-point underdog. Sure, Vanderbilt is 4-3 in the conference and playing at home. But still ... it’s Vanderbilt.

In our previous 10 polls this season, you voters have had an uncanny knack for accurate prediction.

When we asked how the game with Alabama would go, your top answer was, “Tennessee will hang tough into the second quarter, maybe even till halftime” — and indeed the Vols only trailed 7-3 at the end of the first quarter and 20-10 well into the second quarter, though they ended up getting pounded by the Tide, 44-13. (By contrast, when we asked if you were concerned about the Georgia State game, the top response was that you were “not at all worried” — and the Vols won, 51-13.)

You also said that the Mississippi State game was of utmost importance and could be pivotal to Derek Dooley’s career. (UT lost, 41-31.) You said you feel “embarrassed” by the Vols’ season more than anything else, and last week you said Dooley is Tennessee’s main problem.

Meanwhile, back in October before the South Carolina game, we asked how the rest of the season would go, and your top answer was that the Vols would lose to the Gamecocks and drop at least one game in November. They did, and they have.

So bring it home, fans. Tell us how the 2012 campaign is going to end.

© 2012 Knoxville.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments » 5

JDX47 writes:

I think it will end 5 - 7 and with a new coach. I also think it will be an underwhelming selection that will make us all scratch our heads again. I still remember the day they announced Dooley and I screamed at the top of my lungs out of sheer frustration wondering how we could hire a coach that had a losing record at LaTech. I believe that this group will do no better and I am very frustrated by that thought.

IndianapolisVol writes:

OK - I LOVE TENNESSEE and I hate that this season has gone to phooey. SO............WHO would consider the head coaching job? My vote: To Be Determined but I like Charlie Strong. People that think Gruden would come here are obviously drunk.

IndianapolisVol writes:

And I still think we will win out. But too late for the coaching staff. Good Bye and Godspeed to all of them.

jjvols writes:

How pathetic! Our football team has dropped so far under Derek Dooley! I don't see how anyone can justify keeping him. We should never have to worry about losing to Vanderbilt. This makes me sick. I remember when were guaranteed wins in November and then Derek Dooley came to town. I am sick and tired of staying home in December and January during bowl season and I am sick of getting beat by subpar teams.

Coach Derek Dooley is a nice guy, however, nice doesn't win ball games. I really think Dave Hart needs to step up and do his job and fire Dooley while the getting is good. It appears that we will be one of four teams in the SEC looking for coaches and Southern Cal might be open as well. I would never wish hiring Kiffin on anyone, didn't care for the guy when he was here. I just think we need to be interviewing candidates before any of them are open.

Shake_Bake writes:

I give up trying to predict these games! I've been wrong every week. Just get these two games over with, and get a new coach in here as fast as we can! At this point, I just want to see a fresh start for the entire program.

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Already activated? Login