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Photo: Tennessee Football Is Using '25 Points'–Total Margin Of Last 5 Losses–As Motivation

Alabama 19 - Tennessee 14 
Arkansas 24 - Tennessee 20
Florida 28 - Tennessee 27
Oklahoma 31 - Tennessee 24
Missouri 29 - Tennessee 21

Tennessee's last five losses, dating back to November 22, 2014, have come by a total of just 25 points. The Vols don't need reminding about it. The team is using the thin margin, separating them from the nation's elite programs, as motivation this spring. ESPN's Dari Nowkhah is down in Knoxville, and snapped a picture of '25 Points' painted on a practice field, in the Tennessee state outline.


— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari)

Last 18 gms, #Vols are 13-5, losses by combined 25 points. They know it here in Knoxville.

— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) April 5, 2016

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After a rough 3-4 start last season, which featured the first four of the losses above, the Vols won their final six games, including a 45-6 rout of Northwestern in the Outback Bowl, to finish 9-4. Many think this is Tennessee's year to truly break out. If they can turn just one or two of those one possession losses, it definitely could be.