Now officially bowl eligible for the second year in a row, the Vols find themselves still in the thick of a group of teams looking for separation behind the SEC leaders. We'll see how the playoff standings look tonight, but LSU's loss to Arkansas could leave the SEC with only two teams in the College Football Playoff and New Year's Six games, meaning the Vols should be an only afterthought for the Citrus Bowl.
Where is Tennessee projected this week?
- SB Nation: Outback vs Northwestern
- Phil Steele: Music City vs Arizona State
- ESPN Schlabach: Belk vs Duke
- ESPN McMurphy: Music City vs Illinois
- Jerry Palm: Liberty vs Kansas State
- Bleacher Report: Taxslayer vs Louisville
|SB Nation||Virginia Tech||Kansas State||Pittsburgh||Northwestern||Penn State||Texas Tech|
|Phil Steele||Louisville||West Virginia||Arizona State||Michigan||Pittsburgh||Texas Tech|
|Mark Schlabach||Duke||Arizona State||Virginia Tech||Michigan||Penn State||Texas Tech|
|Brett McMurphy||NC State||Kansas State||Illinois||Northwestern||Duke||Texas Tech|
|Jerry Palm||Virginia Tech||Kansas State||Nebraska||Northwestern||Louisville||West Virginia|
|Bleacher Report||Virginia Tech||West Virginia||Nebraska||Michigan State||Louisville||Texas Tech|
Our two favorite possibilities from last week have more or less moved off Tennessee's board this week, with Penn State's loss to Northwestern driving it further down the Big Ten list with games against the state of Michigan remaining. And North Carolina is now ranked 12th in the nation and staring at road trips to Blacksburg and Raleigh; the best non-playoff/new year's six ACC team goes to the Russell Athletic Bowl.
As you can see, these things can change significantly from week to week. Virginia Tech has made the board, but I don't think anyone would push for that as it would take away from Bristol next fall. I would love another shot at Nebraska, but they'll have to get through Iowa first.
See anything you like on the board this week?