247Sports ranked the 20 best games of the 2020 college football season this week and the Tennessee Vols had a matchup included.
The Vols’ matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners on September 12 was ranked by 247Sports as the No. 18 best game this upcoming season.
Here’s what 247Sports had to say about the matchup:
We’re still waiting for that “Tennessee is back” moment. A victory at Oklahoma would provide that in coach Jeremy Pruitt’s third season leading the Vols.
That task will be extremely difficult on the road, even with Oklahoma starting a redshirt freshman (Spencer Rattler) at quarterback and replacing CeeDee Lamb at receiver. The Vols ended the 2019 season with six straight wins, but did so against unranked teams. Jarrett Guarantano returns at quarterback for Tennessee to end his roller-coaster career that can be best described as uneven. Tennessee might just have the SEC’s best offensive line, and if the Vols can dominate Oklahoma in the trenches, the Vols will have a shot at pulling the first major upset of the college football season.
I suggested back in December that Tennessee should find a way to get out of this matchup with Oklahoma.
It’s not that I think the Vols are guaranteed to lose this matchup, it’s just that replacing it with a game against a lower-level team would be an automatic win for Tennessee.
And the Vols really need to win nine games in 2020 (for recruiting purposes). For that to happen, Tennessee has to win all the games they’re supposed to win, plus steal a game from either Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, or Georgia. That’s tough.
Of course, even if the Vols head to Norman and lose to the Sooners, it will still be a good experience for Tennessee.
Jeremy Pruitt is trying to build a sustainable program. Win or lose, playing on the road against Oklahoma will help the Vols achieve that goal.
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