According to the latest odds from Las Vegas Superbook, the Tennessee Vols will be a fringe bowl team in 2018.
The self-proclaimed “worlds largest race and sports book” has set the Vols’ 2018 over/under win total at 5.5 wins.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 8, 2018
I’m not at all surprised by this. It seems like most talking heads think Tennessee’s ceiling in Jeremy Pruitt’s first season is reaching a bowl game.
And I get it. The Vols have a tough schedule that includes a brutal four-game stretch against Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Alabama. They don’t get much of a reprieve, either, after the Alabama game. After facing the Crimson Tide, Tennessee takes on a South Carolina team that’s had their number the past two seasons.
But while that’s certainly a tough stretch, there are really only two games on the Volunteers’ schedule that are “absolute losses” — Alabama and Georgia.
Every other game is a winnable game for Tennessee.
I’m not looking for the Vols to shock folks and win eight games or more in 2018, but it’s not nearly as far-fetched as some would lead you to believe.
Tennessee was only a few plays away from being a seven or eight win team last season.
With a much better coaching staff now in place, it’s reasonable to think the Vols could knock off several of the teams they lost to in 2017.
I’m not much of a gambler, but if I were betting on Tennessee this season, I’d bet the over.
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