In a story entitled “Bulldogs back at No. 1 in updated Top 25” posted at espn.com, Schlabach lists Georgia (his alma mater, by the way) No. 1 in his most recent preseason rankings. Florida is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 10.
Tennessee hosts Florida Sept. 20, visits Auburn the following weekend and visits Georgia on Oct. 11. Bottom line: After visiting UCLA (Sept. 1) and hosting UAB (Sept. 13), the Vols will go toe-to-toe with three top-10 caliber teams during the 22-day span that stretches from Sept. 20 through Oct. 11.
In addition to the three SEC teams he projects as top-10 material, Schlabach ranks LSU No. 12 and Tennessee No. 14. Here's what he has to say about the Vols:
14. Tennessee Volunteers
New starting quarterback Jonathan Crompton is throwing again after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in late April. Crompton and the Volunteers' returning receivers will need summer workouts to iron out the offense installed by new offensive coordinator Dave Clawson. The Vols are holding their collective breath while waiting to see if junior running back Montario Hardesty fully recovers from a stress fracture in his lower leg.
Here's a look at Schlabach's top 10: