Tennessee Football is getting prepared to start its ten-game SEC season, and they’ve been predicted to go 5-5 in the abbreviated 2020 season.
Tennessee football has some high expectations within the fanbase, but outside the fanbase, people don’t feel the same.
The Vols have consistently hovered from anywhere between 4-6 to 6-4. I would take the Vols to finish the regular season with a winning record, but a lot of people don’t have the same confidence outside of Tennessee.
ESPN’s FPI is a reliable source for team projections, and it has the Vols at 4-6. The SP+ is also reliable, and it has the Vols going 5-5.
Clearly, the Football Power Index and SP, which use statistics and team information such as players returning and recruiting, don’t have a great feeling about the Vols this season.
Bill Conelly has been the most recent person to project the Vols’ 2020 record. He used SP+ spreads to help come to his conclusions, and he has Tennessee at 5.5 wins on the 2020 season. He attributed the .5 to tossup games.
“Tennessee is in a no-win situation this season,” Connelly said. “The Vols appeared in the AP Top 25, which caused plenty of scoffing — oh look, we’re overrating the Vols yet again — and they’re likely to finish pretty close to .500 against a brutal, SEC-only schedule. (Half their games are against teams in the SP+ top 11.) But going 5-5 or so would basically prove the Vols’ Top 25 bona fides.”
Tennessee doesn’t have the easiest schedule in the country, that’s for sure. If the Vols win all the games they’re supposed to win, then they should go 7-3. Knowing that’s not likely, the Vols will most likely go 6-4. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vols finished 5-5 either. With an all-SEC schedule, the Vols will likely drop a game they’re not supposed to.
We’re about a few weeks away from the start of the 2020 season now, so it’s getting close as we see other teams kick off their season. Hopefully, the extra time will give Tennessee players enough time to be prepared for the difficult schedule they’ll face this season.
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