The Frogs won’t be caught behind, because GP doesn’t roll that way.
DON’T FORGET: Iowa State, Florida, TCU
In terms of returning production, Iowa State (52nd), Florida (61st) and TCU (64th) are about average from a national perspective. But that’s the only area that isn’t distinctly positive in terms of pandemic resilience. Matt Campbell, Dan Mullen and Gary Patterson have all been outstanding in terms of establishing a clear identity and culture within their programs. All three have clear continuity schematically on both sides of the ball and all three have strong leaders at quarterback. For Iowa State, it’s third-year starter Brock Purdy. Florida touts established veteran Kyle Trask and TCU could be looking at a Year 2 surge from Max Duggan.
TCU against the program that almost stole GP? In Texas? I could get behind this one.
This is what the outlet had to say about Tennessee’s projection:
The word: After ending Jeremy Pruitt’s second season on a lengthy winning streak that culminated with a bowl victory, the Vols look to take the next step in getting back to prominence this fall, anchored by a host of returning impact players on defense. TCU-Tennessee would make for an exciting matchup. The two programs have only met twice with the Vols winning both times in the 1970s.
Can the hometown guy pull off a huge win when golf returns this week?
“Tom’s got a lot of heart,” said PGA Tour veteran and three-time winner J.J. Henry. “He’s not scared. Whether he’s playing with Tiger Woods or whoever, he’s not scared of the moment. That’s one of his biggest assets.”
Hoge hopes to put himself in another “moment” like that at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club. He won’t have another showdown with Woods, who isn’t playing in the Colonial, but it’s a major-esque field with guys such as No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy and four-time major champion Brooks Koepka.
Even though the field is stacked as the PGA Tour restarts its season that was suspended for nearly three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hoge has to be considered a contender and hometown favorite going into it.
This is a guy who has made the cut in his first three Colonials (2016, 2018 and 2019) and knows the course as well as anyone. Plus, before the pandemic, Hoge was in the midst of a breakout season.
He’s already set career-bests with three top-10 finishes and $1.7 million in earnings and counting. Along with his showing at the Farmers Insurance Open, Hoge finished second at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in September and finished tied for sixth at The American Express in mid-January.
“I had the second-place finish at The Greenbrier, which feels like a few years ago now, but I really didn’t finish the fall very well going into our Christmas break,” Hoge said. “That frustrated me, but it really motivated me. I came out of the gates pretty fast in January. But, in all of those tournaments, I never really felt I had a good chance to win. I was always a little too far back going into Sunday.”