The Tennessee Vols didn’t manage to leave Neyland Stadium with a win on Saturday, but they played well enough to impress Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi.

Pittsburgh beat Tennessee 41-34 on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville in a shootout.

After the game, Narduzzi made it clear that Tennessee is a good football team that he thinks will win “a lot of games” this season.

“Tennessee is a good football team,” said Narduzzi after Pittsburgh’s win.

“They are talented, athletic, run fast, and have a good defensive line. They are a very good football team that we beat today. We didn’t beat a bad football team.”

“They will win a lot of games this year,” added Narduzzi.

Narduzzi knows what a good team looks like — he’s went head to head with Clemson and left with a win.

He’s also an extremely candid coach. You don’t get a lot of coach speak with Narduzzi. He typically tells it like it is.

I know fans aren’t thrilled with the loss on Saturday. And I know fans are ready for Tennessee football to return to glory.

But there was plenty of good on Saturday from the Vols. Narduzzi saw it. And I think it would be wise to listen to his assessment of UT.

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