Tennessee Vols face daunting task before Gators
If given the choice, this is not the way Tennessee first-year head coach Butch Jones would have set up his schedule.
The next two weeks could prove to be a daunting task for the Vols.
Tennessee will play at No. 2 Oregon Saturday at 3:30 p.m., then next week travel to Gainesville to play the Gators. That game will be televised at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Jones calls it both a challenge and an opportunity.
"It's a great challenge to say the least, great challenge but a great opportunity," Jones said. "But we're going to find out about our team very quickly here. We'll really be tested in everything that we talk about - your toughness, our leadership, our discipline, our resiliency, you know, our ability to manage and handle those adversities. And then on top of it going and playing in some of the most difficult venues that's around in college football. The big thing we have to focus on is the process and we just have to concern ourselves at being able to play the best football that we can possibly play, continue to develop habits and standards that it takes to play winning football. But it's going to be a
great challenge but also I look at it as a great opportunity as well.''
To make matters even more difficult, while the Vols are traveling across the country and playing one of the nation's best teams, Florida has had the week off, getting extra preparation - and trying to heal injured players.
"Unfortunately that's the way the schedule is played out," Jones said. "There's nothing that we can do. We have to focus on what we can control. The scheduling, right now, we can't control that. So all of our focus is on Oregon and playing a very, very talented football team. For us, we're not good enough to think two days down the road, for us we just have to focus on being a better football team each and every day.''