To say the Tennessee Vols football season has been up and down is an understatement.
Coming into the season, the expectations for Tennessee were to win at least six games and go to a bowl game. Those expectations took a nose dive after two embarrassing home losses to Georgia State and BYU to open the season.
But now, looking at the rest of the season, I believe the Vols could win out and go bowling with seven wins.
Tennessee already ran through the gauntlet of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama and the results were as expected. They mixed in a couple of big wins against Mississippi State and South Carolina and are now facing a relatively easy four-game stretch to finish the season.
I said this morning on @1025TheGame that if Tennessee won today, the Vols would win out.
Jeremy Pruitt has his team playing better and better each week and they don’t seem to be fazed by adversity or an early breakdown or two.
Tennessee will finish the season 7-5. https://t.co/t3eIL2rLsZ
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) October 26, 2019
The Vols face UAB next week for their homecoming game. The Blazers hold a 6-1 record, but their opponents’ combined record is 13-40. Their lone loss this season is to Western Kentucky — the only team they have played with a winning record. The Vols should win this game with ease.
Tennessee then travels to Lexington on November 9 to face rival Kentucky. This is the only game that I think Tennessee could lose. The Wildcats will be coming off a bye week and are better than their 4-4 record indicates.
They gave Florida a run for their money, only losing by eight. They also played Georgia a lot tougher than people expected in a 21-0 losing effort. However, if quarterback Sawyer Smith, who went down with an injury against Missouri, is unavailable Kentucky will be forced to start wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. at quarterback. That would be great news for Tennessee seeing as they have dominated the defensive side of the ball in their last two wins.
The Vols will need to bring their A-game, but I believe this game is very winnable.
Tennessee will then travel to Missouri. The Tigers were ranked in the top 25 earlier this season, but the wheels are starting to fall off after two bad losses to Vanderbilt and Kentucky. They failed to total 300 yards of total offense in both games. Barring an upset, their struggles will continue as they play Georgia and Florida over the next two weeks. Tennessee will likely leave Columbia with a win.
Vanderbilt comes to Knoxville to close out the regular season. Fans should be very excited for this game. Vandy’s had Tennessee’s number the last three seasons, but not this year.
The Commodores are very bad, sitting at 2-5 and No. 7 in the SEC East. Vanderbilt is giving up 33 points per game (111 in FBS), while only managing to score 18 points per game (118 in FBS).
Tennessee is also looking to get revenge for the last three years. Neyland Stadium will be rocking for the last game of the season and the Vols will win big.
Tennessee is finally starting to play the way fans expected them to play from the start of the season. While the rest of the season won’t be a cake walk, it is not exactly a daunting schedule. If the Vols play the way they have been the last three weeks, I think Tennessee will win out and go to a bowl game.
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