Tennessee is projected as the sixth-best team in the SEC but the 16th-best team in the country. Here's what CFN.com has to say about the Big Orange:
"The Vols pulled up out of the 2004 nosedive with a nice year, but the UT fans are looking for more. The receiving corps takes a monster hit losing Robert Meachem early to the NFL along with Jayson Swain and Bret Smith, but the running game should get rolling early with three fantastic players in LaMarcus Coker, Montario Hardesty and Arian Foster."
Obviously, the "nosedive" was a reference to Tennessee's 5-6 record in 2005, not its 10-3 record in 2004. Regardless, CFN.com's early top 25 is as follows:
In case you're wondering how the other six SEC teams fared in CFN.com's preseason projections, here is that information: