Jerry Palm of CBS has predicted the Liberty Bowl or Music City Bowl as the most likely bowl appearance for the Tennessee Volunteers this year.
Tennessee football is looking to get to a bowl game for the first time since 2016, and now we’re getting new bowl predictions from week to week.
This week, Jerry Palm from CBS has given his prediction for where the Vols will go this bowl season. Of course, Tennessee needs one more win to lock in a bowl appearance, but it’s pretty much a guarantee that the Vols will win one of their last two games.
Palm has given his prediction for the Vols, and if it comes true, then the Vols won’t have far to travel.
The most likely bowl appearance for Tennessee, according to Palm, is either the Music City Bowl or the Liberty Bowl.
"“I think the Music City Bowl or Liberty Bowl are most likely,” Palm said of Tennessee. “The Texas Bowl and Belk Bowl are also in play with an outside chance at the Gator Bowl.”"
If it comes down to those two and Tennessee gets to choose, then I would have to say they will be heading to Memphis.
If Tennessee can play in Memphis, it could help West Tennessee and North Mississippi recruiting in the future, and Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer has already expressed interest in playing in Memphis in the near future.
The football program doesn’t have Memphis on the schedule, nor do they have a neutral field matchup scheduled there, so the only way the Vols will be playing in Memphis is in a bowl game.
Palm’s official prediction has the Vols heading to Nashville to play Louisville in the Music City Bowl. Either way, I think Jeremy Pruitt will try to parlay an in-state bowl game appearance into getting recruits.
Tennessee fans travel so I wouldn’t count out the Gator Bowl or the Texas Bowl even though the Vols might not be a popular pick to go there.
I would be interested in going to the Liberty Bowl if Tennessee were to play in that bowl game. It would also allow many West Tennesseans to see the Vols play without making the drive to Knoxville.