Dan Mullen has singlehandedly pulled the Florida Gators from the abyss of the SEC standings. Through his first two seasons, he led the Gators to Peach Bowl and Orange Bowl victories, while compiling a 21-5 overall record. Earlier this week, Mullen appeared on "The Pat McAfee Show" to claim that his Gators will go undefeated in 2020.
While Mullen is right to feel confident entering the season, considering they have the weakest schedule in the entire Southeastern Conference, he must beware of the rival Tennessee Volunteers.
Tennessee hired Jeremy Pruitt to be their sideline boss back in 2017. After a disappointing 5-7 season, the Vols bounced back in a huge way under the former Alabama defensive coordinator, thanks in part to the team winning their final six games of the season. If that proves anything, it's that Tennessee is learning and buying into Pruitt's ways.
When looking at Tennessee's biggest weakness last season, it was at the quarterback position. Jarrett Guarantano struggled for the majority of his campaign, and would actually be benched midway through contests for Brian Maurer. Tennessee could have a solution in Harrison Bailey. The 4-star true freshman is a polished pocket passer that can place the ball into the hands of his receivers, and is expected to be the future of the Tennessee football program.
While the Gators schedule is laughably easy, they have to take into account that the Vols have one of the tougher slates in the conference. Tennessee will be fighting all season long, so Florida can't afford to sleep on them, or they'll pay the ultimate price in the form of a deflating loss at the hands of a fanbase which won't let them forget it anytime soon.