How ESPN Is Predicting Tennessee’s Game-By-Game Schedule

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    With just over three weeks until the start of the Tennessee football season, many are partaking in the tradition of overall record predictions. In case you missed it, check out Rocky Top Insider’s Tennessee season projections here.

    One of the most common season projection outlets is ESPN’S Football Power Index, which gives a matchup prediction for each game of the season. While these predictions can change throughout the season, they are set for the preseason with the entire schedule loaded in.

    According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Tennessee has seven projected wins in Ball State, Akron, Florida, UT Martin, Missouri, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. Additionally, ESPN’s FPI has Tennessee with five losses to Pittsburgh, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky.

    The Vols are also projected with a 5-2 home record and a 2-3 record on the road.

    Tennessee is also given the No. 25 ranking according to ESPN’s FPI projections. Tennessee’s projected win-loss record falls between 4.9 and 7.1, with the Vols having an 89.2 percent chance to reach six wins.

    Five of Tennessee’s opponents are ranked above the Vols’ spot inside of the Top 25.

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    KNOXVILLE, TN – Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt at the Vols’ fall camp practice. Photo via Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    Ball State @ Tennessee – Thursday, Sept. 1 – 7:00 p.m. ET

    • Tennessee – 95.1 percent
    • Ball State – 4.9 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 118

    Tennessee @ Pittsburgh – Saturday, Sept. 10 – 3:30 p.m. ET

    • Pittsburgh – 62.7 percent
    • Tennessee – 37.3 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 20

    Akron @ Tennessee – Saturday, Sept. 17 – 7:00 p.m. ET

    • Tennessee – 97.3 percent
    • Akron – 2.7 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 126

    Florida @ Tennessee – Saturday, Sept. 24

    • Tennessee – 60.2 percent
    • Florida – 39.8 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 29

    Tennessee @ LSU – Saturday, Oct. 8

    • LSU – 67.7 percent
    • Tennessee – 32.3 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 10

    Alabama @ Tennessee – Saturday, Oct. 15

    • Alabama – 88.1 percent
    • Tennessee – 11.9 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 1

    UT Martin @ Tennessee – Saturday, Oct. 22

    • Tennessee – 98.5 percent
    • UT Martin – 1.5 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: N/A

    Kentucky @ Tennessee – Saturday, Oct. 29

    • Kentucky – 52.6 percent
    • Tennessee – 47.4 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 18

    Tennessee @ Georgia – Saturday, Nov. 5

    • Georgia – 92.6 percent
    • Tennessee – 7.4 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 3

    Missouri @ Tennessee – Saturday, Nov. 12

    • Tennessee – 78.5 percent
    • Missouri – 21.5 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 56

    Tennessee @ South Carolina – Saturday, Nov. 19

    • Tennessee – 55.9 percent
    • South Carolina – 44.1 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 45

    Tennessee @ Vanderbilt – Saturday, Nov. 26

    • Tennessee – 87.9 percent
    • Vanderbilt – 12.1 percent
    • Opponent FPI ranking: No. 108
    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.