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Tennessee Officially Locks Down Bowl Eligibility

After reaching six wins in the season, the Tennessee Volunteers have officially become bowl eligible. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

It’s now safe to say – the Tennessee Volunteers are officially going bowling.

With the Vols’ win over South Alabama on Saturday night in the second to last regular season game, Tennessee has officially hit the six-win mark. And with six wins under their belt, the Tennessee Volunteers are bowl eligible in Josh Heupel’s inaugural season in Knoxville.

Tennessee has only played in one bowl game since the 2017 season. The Vols were a participant in the 2019 Taxslayer Gator Bowl, which was played on Jan. 2, 2020. Additionally, Tennessee did win that game against Indiana by a score of 23-22.

Tennessee found six wins in the season after beating Bowling Green, Tennessee Tech, Missouri, South Carolina, Kentucky, and now South Alabama.

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The Vols will have an excellent chance at achieving seven regular season wins during the season finale against Vanderbilt next weekend in Knoxville. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Tennessee has a 97.3 percent chance to defeat Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

If Tennessee does defeat Vanderbilt, it will be the Vols’ first 7-5 regular season finish since 2019.

Josh Heupel has been a terrific leader of the Tennessee program this year, and it shows in the player’s dedication to the team, along with their teammates and the coaches. And now, here in Josh Heupel’s very first season at Tennessee, the Volunteers will be playing in a bowl game.

Bowl selection day will happen on Dec. 5, 2021.

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