The Tennessee Vols probably aren’t reaching the College Football Playoff in 2020.
That’s not an indictment on head coach Jeremy Pruitt. The program just isn’t there yet (but they certainly appear to be on their way there…eventually).
I put the word “probably” in there, though, because nothing is ever certain in college football. Crazy things tend to happen. That’s why there are odds for nearly every team’s chances of reaching the playoff.
On Friday, SportsBetting.AG released their College Football Playoff odds for the 2020 season.
It’s no surprise that Clemson, who returns starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence, has the best odds (-200) to reach the playoff. The Tigers are followed by Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia and LSU.
Business as usual, essentially.
So where are the Vols?
Well, they’re down the list a bit.
Tennessee’s odds are set at +1400, which ties the Volunteers with Florida State, Oklahoma State and Utah. Miami and Minnesota are just behind the Vols. And Penn State, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin are just ahead of Tennessee.
This feels about right. It puts the Vols in a spot where they’re viewed as unlikely to “break out” in 2020, but they’re not viewed as a complete afterthought.
Tennessee’s odds to win the SEC are similar. The usual names are at the top of the list: Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M.
Then there’s a six way tie among Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee. Arkansas and Vanderbilt are at the bottom.
I feel like Tennessee, and maybe Kentucky, should be just ahead of this group, right behind Texas A&M. I think it’s clear the Vols are trending up, while South Carolina is trending down. Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss are all kind of unknowns with new coaches in place.
It’ll be fun to look back at these odds after the season to see how close they were. Sometimes the betting services nail it, but other times they’re nowhere close.
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