11. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
Saturday, Sept. 18; Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.
Yes, there are some circled wins on Tennessee football’s schedule as much as circled losses. Unlike previous years, the Vols generally need to focus more on their circled wins simply because it’s not a guarantee that they reach 6-6. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, though are one team they don’t have to worry about too much.
UT should be able to play its third-string all game here and win. It’s the third game of the season for the Vols, and they might be able to use this as a bye before looking ahead to SEC play. This is basically a bye week for the Vols, similar to the Alabama Crimson Tide but the opposite.
In fact, the only reason we have TTU ahead of Bama is because of our default position of circled wins over circled losses. These are two uniquely circled games, though. It’s not that FCS schools can’t pull off upsets. TTU is just not one of those schools. They are coming off a 2-5 campaign and have yet to have a winning season in three years under Dewayne Alexander.
A quick look at the Vols’ history shows that, even at their worst, they always dominate the FCS program on their schedule. That’s likely to happen again here, and as a result, there’s no real effort they have to put toward this game.