If you had to put down a bet on whether Tennessee football would make the College Football Playoff, would you take it? If not, maybe you should.
Every year, we see new odds come out. Whether it’s College Football Playoffs odds, SEC Championship odds, or division championship odds, Tennessee football is usually not close to the top. 2020 could be a different story, though.
Going back to the end of last season, Tennessee is one of the hottest teams in the country coming into 2020, and they continued that with a comeback win in its bowl game against Indiana.
The Vols won its last six games of the season after starting 1-4 to finish the season 8-4 and top it off with a bowl win.
A win in early January isn’t going to help the Vols out much when Week 1 comes this fall, though. This is a new team with new players that are going to have to step up and replace some of the seniors that are graduating this spring.
Linebackers Darrell Taylor and Daniel Bituli are both gone, wide receivers Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway are gone, and tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson is gone. Some of Tennessee’s biggest producers are now gone, and Jeremy Pruitt will have to find their replacements.
Luckily, Pruitt finished this recruiting class with a top-ten class to make up for his losses. We could see an entirely new looking offense depending on who wins the quarterback battle, but despite all of the changes coming to Tennessee’s roster, that didn’t scare away the oddsmakers.
According to BetOnline, Tennessee currently has the 15th-best odds to win the National Championship at 14-to-1.
You may think that 15th-best odds aren’t very good, but that puts Tennessee easily in the top-25, and that means we could see the Vols in the top-25 going into Week 1 of the season.
Although Tennessee is sitting comfortably at 15th, there are still six SEC teams that have better odds than the Vols, including two SEC East foes. Alabama (4/5), Georgia (3/2), LSU (2/1), Florida (7/2), Texas A&M (4/1), and Auburn (5/1) all have better odds than Tennessee.
Outside of the SEC, the remaining schools in front of Tennessee are Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas, Oregon, Penn State, Michigan, and Oklahoma State.
It has been a few years since Tennessee has made it to the National Championship, or even gotten close to the National Championship for that matter, but who knows, all of that might change this year.