At the halfway mark of the 2021 season, the only thing that can stop the Tennessee Volunteers from this point out is the Tennessee Volunteers. Or at least in theory.
Tennessee is one of just six SEC teams that still control their own conference destiny. Essentially, a team that controls its own destiny does not need extra help from around the league. So, for example, Tennessee will finish first in the SEC if the team can win their remaining games.
Essentially, win and you’re in.
The SEC teams that control their own destiny after six games are Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, and Mississippi State.
For all six of these teams, a lossless finish to the season will crown them first place in the conference regular-season standings.
Just because Tennessee does control its own destiny, though, does not mean it will be easy. Tennessee still has games against three of the other five teams mentioned. The Vols will travel to Alabama on October 23, to Kentucky on Nov. 6, and will host Georgia on Nov. 13.
After the Vols’ win on Saturday, Tennessee moved to 4-2 on the year and 2-1 in SEC play. Currently, Tennessee is sitting in third place in the SEC East with a two-game win streak. Tennessee took care of business on the road against Missouri and at home against South Carolina. Now, Tennessee will look towards former Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels.
Tennessee’s final six opponents will feature five SEC teams. In order, Tennessee will take on Ole Miss, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, South Alabama, and Vanderbilt. The next four games feature an opponent’s combined record of 21-2 through six weeks. However, South Alabama and Vanderbilt have a combined record of 5-6 through the first half of the season.
SEC Standings Post Week Six:
- Georgia (6-0, 4-0 SEC)
- Kentucky (6-0, 4-0 SEC)
- Tennessee (4-2, 2-1 SEC)
- Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC)
- Missouri (3-3, 0-2 SEC)
- Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-2 SEC)
- South Carolina (3-3, 0-3 SEC)
- Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC)
- Mississippi (4-1, 1-1 SEC)
- Auburn (4-2, 1-1 SEC)
- Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1 SEC)
- Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2 SEC)
- Arkansas (4-2, 1-2 SEC)
- LSU (3-3, 1-2 SEC)