As he nears the end of his fourth season at the helm Tennessee coach Butch Jones has turned the program into a consistent winner. The next step is learning how to handle expectations.
Tennessee began the season ranked ninth in the Associated Press Poll and stood 4-0 after a thrilling win at Georgia on a Hail Mary pass. But the Vols lost their next three games and take at 8-4 record into the December 30 Music City Bowl against Nebraska.
“We were learning how to win last year”, said Jones. “The next phase of our program is understanding that Tennessee football and in this program your are going to get everyone’s best. They are going to circle this game at the start of their season.”
A win over the Huskers would be Tennessee’s third straight victory in a bowl game and allow the Vols to finish what Jones has termed a roller coaster season on a high note.