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ESPN's Paul Finebaum Says This Team's Loss Was A "Disaster"

Several Power 5 programs suffered bad losses on Saturday. Only one of them was deemed "a disaster" by Paul Finebaum.

Tennessee was crushed 47-21 at home by rival Florida in a game that was never in doubt. The Vols turned the ball over six times, and had an incident where a player left the field at halftime.

This morning on SportsCenter, Finebaum took aim at the Vols. He said new head coach Jeremy Pruitt is off to a "stumbling start" and called yesterday's loss a disaster.

“I think Tennessee has a chance to come back and be a respectable program, but they’re a long way from being elite,” Finebaum said. “Jeremy Pruitt is off to a stumbling start. The West Virginia game went poorly. This game went poorly. Florida is not even really a good team. They’re an average team. There’s no reason to get housed this badly at home."

“That was a really big win for Dan Mullen because he had to get that,” Finebaum added. “He goes to Starkville next week, his old stomping grounds and then has LSU. This was a disaster for Tennessee. Jeremy Pruitt, some of this is on him. He is the head coach. He inherited a mess.”

Now, Tennessee is still 2-2, and Pruitt is in his first year. He will be given plenty of time to turn this around.

A bowl berth isn't out of the question this year, but it is going to require a really strong finish. The Vols play South Carolina, Charlotte, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt to end the year, and are likely going to have to win four of those five games to become bowl eligible.

Why four of five? Well, they are going to likely get smoked in their next three games. Tennessee's next three opponents: Georgia, Alabama and Auburn.

Yikes.

[ 247Sports ]