ESPN’s Football Power Index is a reliable source for predictions and projections, and it currently has Tennessee Football winning 4.6 games.
Tennessee football had a bounce-back game this past weekend with its win over Mississippi State in Knoxville. With that win, the Vols now have a chance to win six games this season.
It will be a difficult road to getting to the six-win mark, but it is achievable. ESPN, on the other hand, doesn’t believe it to be as attainable as Vol Faithful.
ESPN’s FPI currently has the Vols sitting at 4.6 wins on the season. You can’t win 0.6 of a game, so assuming that would round up, they have the Vols winning five games.
That seems fair, but seeing 4.6 just seems like the FPI thinks the Vols will win only two more games. I know of three already by only looking at the schedule.
If Jeremy Pruitt can get his players to perform as they did against Mississippi State or even Georgia, the Vols will beat UAB, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt.
That leaves Alabama, South Carolina, and Missouri for Tennessee to find their sixth win. I don’t think anyone expects Tennessee to beat Alabama so we can cross them off the list, and that leaves Pruitt to find a way to beat South Carolina or Mizzou.
I may be the only one, but I think Pruitt has his players in a spot right now where they could beat both of those teams. It’s Tennessee, so I don’t expect them to win out after Alabama, but 4-1 isn’t a reach.
Tennessee was given a 34.5% chance to beat Mississippi State, and the Vols dominated the Bulldogs. Tennessee won’t be given much of a chance in many more of their games, but the human element is something that the FPI doesn’t take into effect, but I’ll get into that another day.
I mean, come on ESPN’s FPI has given Tennessee a 38.0% chance to beat Kentucky. The Kentucky Wildcats stink! They should’ve probably lost to Toledo and Arkansas if that tells you anything.
But I won’t complain too much because if they don’t want to give us a chance against an awful team like Kentucky, then I’ll just sit back, relax, and enjoy another “upset.”