BUILDING FOUNDATIONS: Heupel leads Tennessee to bowl eligibility in first season
By: John Dunn
Founder, Managing Editor, Host
The All Vol Call in Show
The Tennessee Volunteers are going bowling. In Josh Heupel's first season at the helm for the Volunteers, Tennessee will play in a bowl game; their first since the 2020 Gator Bowl against Indiana, a 23-22 win.
Heupel's exciting brand of offense has seemingly reinvigorated the team, as well as the fan base. With a sizeable 60-14 win over the South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday night, Tennessee earned their sixth win of the season, making them bowl eligible following an abysmal 3-7 season in 2020; one of the worst seasons in Tennessee football history.
With a matchup against in-state rival Vanderbilt next week, the Volunteers will look to finish the season strong as they await their bowl bid to see who their opponent will be.
Sports Illustrated currently (as of 11/17) has Tennessee slated to square-off against the Virginia Cavaliers in the Duke's Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 30 at noon.
CBS Sports has Tennessee facing the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the same bowl.
Bleacher Report has Tennessee taking on Penn State in the Music City Bowl on December 30 in Nashville, Tennessee, which would pit the Volunteers against the Nittany Lions for the first time since the 2007 Outback Bowl, which saw Penn State take a 20-10 win over Tennessee.
Sporting News also has Tennessee projected to take on Penn State in the Music City Bowl.
Athlon Sports has the same projection as CBS Sports, pitting Tennessee against North Carolina State in the Duke's Mayo Bowl.