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Tennessee Bowl Projections - November 17

Where the Vols are projected this week, along with every projection for the SEC's group of six bowls.

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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?

As you can see, we're all over the page this week.  These six projections send UT to five different bowls in the group of six.  Phil Steele continues to call for weirdness in placing opponents, while I would most doubt the Bleacher Report suggestion of sending the Vols to the same bowl two years in a row.

Here's the full grid for this week:

Belk Liberty Music City Outback Taxslayer Texas
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?