That creates a lot of pressure but head coach Phillip Fulmer is accustomed to it. In fact, he relishes it. Great expectations means he has a veteran team with a lot of potential, and that's the way he'd prefer to open EVERY season.
''We have a good number of experienced players returning, which I think is always the most important factor in having a chance to be a good football team,'' he said at Monday's annual spring practice news conference. ''We have a number of starters returning on both sides (of the scrimmage line)."
With UT returning 18 starters from a 10-3 team that thrashed Texas A&M 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl, most fans are looking for even bigger things in 2005.
''There's a lot of expectations ... which I like,'' Fulmer said. ''I'd much rather be in that situation than in a situation where people don't expect you to be that good.''