WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER: Why Tennessee's success is good for CFB
By: Dallas Bowlin
Senior Staff Writer
The All Vol Call in Show
Following Tennessee’s most recent national championship in 1998, the Vols’ have fallen on hard times, even at times, becoming the primary punchline in college football. Tennessee fans have been told to "quit living in the past," and that "Tennessee will never be relevant again." Those words always cut deep into the Tennessee faithful, because for a while there, it seemed like that was the case. It truly seemed like Tennessee football was, for lack of a better term, dead.
Although rival fanbases (mostly in the SEC) seemingly prayed that the Vols would never find success, the average college football fan should be thrilled. With Tennessee finding more recent and more sustained success, it creates a little havoc within the nation's deepest conference and shakes up the potential for the college football playoff.
In just his second year, Josh Heupel currently has his team on a steep upward trajectory, with the seventh-best odds to win the College Football Playoff in 2022. As opposed to years past, in which Georgia and Alabama are clearly the two best teams in the SEC, this season has a different feel. One could make the argument for either Tennessee, Georgia, or Alabama at this juncture of the season.
Some of the most entertaining rivalries in all of college football have involved the Vols: "The Third Saturday in October," the Tennessee and Florida rivalry, "The Battle for the Beer Barrel," etc. To have these games once again become competitive and become true rivalries will once again improve on the overall landscape of college football, as well as serve a multitude of financial benefits.
There have been years where it seems as though Tennessee is back, but it has always been a hoax. This feels and looks different. Well, folks, the Vols are back.