A final look at where national outlets are projecting the Vols to play this postseason. Final selections will be made by Sunday evening. Most of these were made following Championship Saturday yesterday.
ESPN (McMurphy): Outback Bowl vs. Northwestern
ESPN (Schlabach): Outback Bowl vs. Northwestern
CBS: (Palm): Outback Bowl vs. Northwestern
USA Today (Smith): Music City Bowl vs. Louisville
Campus Insiders (Fiutak): Liberty Bowl vs. West Virginia
Yahoo: Music City Bowl vs. Penn State
Sports Illustrated (Ellis): Outback Bowl vs. Michigan
FanSided: Music City vs. Penn State
247Sports (Crawford): Outback Bowl vs. Northwestern
RTI’s take: We’d be surprised if it’s not Outback Bowl against Northwestern at that this point, though last year proved that there always can be surprises. The Citrus Bowl is likely giving UT a long look, but Florida, and having a local 10-win football team that would likely sell a lot of tickets, might be too tough to pass up there.
A Music City Bowl or Belk Bowl upset is certainly possible, but we’re thinking the Vols will in Tampa when it’s all said and done this evening.