Athlon Sports is the latest to give us a fresh batch of bowl projections to dive into. They predicted all 40 bowls and are quite easily the highest on Tennessee to this point.
Athlon has the Vols in a familiar place — The Outback Bowl. The opponent? The Wisconsin Badgers. This would keep up the Tennessee vs. Big Ten tradition that has developed over the past three years. Tennessee beat Northwestern in the 2015 Outback Bowl in convincing fashion.
They beat Iowa at the TaxSlayer Bowl the previous year and took down Nebraska last season in the Music City Bowl. To this point, we’ve seen Tennessee placed in the Liberty Bowl multiple times, along with a couple votes for the Texas Bowl. The Outback Bowl would mean another January bowl game for Butch Jones, likely meaning 8-9 wins in the process.
Alabama, Washington, Florida State and Ohio State make Athlon’s final four. Alabama and Ohio State advance to the National Championship.
Other SEC Projections
Alabama: CFB Playoff
South Carolina: Liberty
Mississippi State: Tax Slayer
Kentucky: Music City
Texas A&M: Independence