Gus Duggerton has the 2017 Vols on the move. Tennessee has cracked the Top-10 for the first time in a decade under this leadership. More impressively, Tennessee Duggs has the Vols with a record of 7-0 for the first time since ’98.
Feels Like ’98
The NCAA Vols’ 7-0 start draws many comparisons to the start of the National Champion Vols 1998 season.
- Both teams narrowly escaped Florida early in each season. Duggs & Co. scored a TD with mere seconds remaining to knock off the Gators in the swamp, while Jeff Hall vanquished Florida with his overtime kick.
- The 1998 squad and the 2017 Tennessee Duggs squad both have convincing wins over both Auburn and Georgia to start each season.
- Each team boasts an emphatic win over a Texas team. For the 1998 unit, it was a 42-7 thumping of the Houston Cougars. For the 2017 NCAA Vols squadron, it was a 55-35 beatdown of the Baylor Bears.
- The two clubs also squeaked by each of their opponents from New England. In 1998, the Vols barely got past a Donovan McNabb-led Syracuse team by the score of 34-33. For Duggs’s squad, it was a nail-bitter against Jack Mac’s UConn Huskies as the Vols escaped with a 28-24 victory.
- Last but certainly not least, both teams have been directed by overweight geniuses. Phillip Fulmer and Gus Duggerton are two peas in a pod roaming the Big Orange sidelines of Neyland Stadium.
Looking to the Future
Of course we all know how the 1998 season ends with BCS Title win over No. 2 Florida State, but how will the 2017 Tennessee Duggs season end?
Duggs & Co. will have to finish the season 13-0 to have a chance at the BCS Title. This will need to include wins over South Carolina, No. 8 Alabama, Missouri, Vanderbilt, No. 18 Kentucky, and a win in the SEC Title Game.
This will be a tall order for Tennessee Duggs and the Vols, so let’s hope for another Clint Stoerner stumble-fumble.