Tennessee Bowl Projections At Conclusion Of The Regular Season

Tennessee Bowl Projections At Conclusion Of The Regular Season

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Tennessee capped off a 10-2 regular season with a blowout victory over instate rival Vanderbilt Saturday night in Nashville. The win gave Tennessee its best regular season since 2003 and assured the Vols a spot at a New Years Six Bowl.

Tennessee’s win over Vanderbilt wasn’t the only result that helped its bowl chances Saturday. So did Texas A&M’s victory over LSU which guarantees Tennessee will go to a bigger bowl than the Tigers and likely sends LSU to the Citrus Bowl (assuming they lose in the SEC Championship).

The Vols are a lock to go to a New Years Six Bowl in Josh Heupel’s second season, but which one?

The Sugar Bowl is obligated to take the highest ranked SEC team in the CFP Rankings that didn’t make the playoffs. Unless Tennessee jumps Alabama in the rankings — or a miraculous set of circumstances gets Alabama in the playoff — the Crimson Tide will go to New Orleans.

The Orange Bowl takes the ACC Champion unless the champion is in the playoff. Then it takes the highest ranked ACC team. The Miami bowl game takes the highest ranked SEC, Big 10 or Big 12 team that doesn’t end up in the playoffs, Sugar or Rose Bowl.

That’s where Tennessee comes in. With Alabama likely bound for the Sugar Bowl and Ohio State likely bound for the Rose Bowl, the Vols are highly likely to be the next highest ranked team and would play the winner of the ACC Championship game between Clemson and North Carolina.

If Tennessee somehow falls below someone else in the rankings — though I’m not sure who it would be — then they will go to the Cotton Bowl where they’re likely to play the winner of the AAC Championship game between UCF and Tulane.

Enough with the explanation. Let’s take a look at Tennessee bowl projections at the conclusion of the regular season.

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ESPN

Mark Schlabach: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Kyle Bonagura: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

CBS

Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Yahoo

Sugar Bowl vs. Kansas State

247sports

Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Action Network (Brett McMurphy)

Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Athlon

Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Author: Ethan Moore