"Well, you're going to look at different rosters and you're going to see rosters with depth or experience or talent," he said on a Monday morning SEC teleconference. "For example, Florida last year was clearly a team that had all those things."
The 2007-08 Vols may not be as blessed in those three areas as the 2006-07 Gators (who won the NCAA title) but Pearl's team is pretty loaded in its own right. The head man conceded as much.
"I think if you look at our roster it's as deep and it's as talented and it's as experienced as its been in the last several years," he said. "So certainly, I think that we're going to be picked by a number of people to be competitive."
Actually, most folks are picking the Vols to be cosiderably more than "competitive" this season. Most say the Vols are odds-on favorites to win the Southeastern Conference championship. Moreover, several prognosticators are projecting the Big Orange as a top-10 team.