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In fact, they have struggled so badly that fifth year coach Butch Jones was fired after Saturday’s 50 17 loss to Missouri left the Vols at 4 6 overall and winless in the SEC. Mizzou game action photosThat struggle is indicative of Tennessee football the past 10 years. The Vols haven been able to field a complete team. Sometimes the offense flourished. Other times it flopped.
The extremes are best reflected in comparisons to UT 1998 national championship team. In its 13 0 season, Tennessee averaged 33 points and gave up an average of 303.0 yards.
Ten years later, coach Phillip Fulmer was fired after a 5 7 season. But the defense was still playing at a championship level. The Vols ranked third nationally, giving up 263.5 yards per game, or 39.5 yards fewer per game than the 1998 team.
In one especially dreadful seven game stretch, the Vols gave up 51 points to Georgia, 41 to Mississippi State, 44 to Alabama, 38 to South Carolina, 48 to Troy, 51 to Missouri and 41 to Vanderbilt.
Although the Vols couldn stop opponents from scoring, they had no trouble scoring themselves in 2012. They scored 31 or more points in nine of 12 games and averaged 36.2 points per game three points more per game than the national championship team.
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But a year earlier, UT averaged only 20 points per game and scored seven points or fewer five times, even though its offensive lineup wasn much different than in 2012. The 2011 defense, coordinated by current Cal coach Justin Wilcox, ranked 26th nationally in total defense.
A coordinator change didn work out for Jones, either. In 2015, with John Jancek as defensive coordinator, UT gave up 20 points per game. A year later, under new coordinator Bob Shoop, UT gave up 29 points a game.
While the defense sunk to Sunseri like depths under Shoop, the Vols cranked up their offense again in 2016. They averaged 36.4 points per game.
After the 2017 season opener, you probably expected more of the same. The Vols beat Georgia Tech 42 41.
That proved to be an aberration, however. Since then, the defense has played better for the most part, though it folded against Missouri and gave up 86 points combined to Alabama and Georgia. But the offense ranks among the worst in the country.