Bowl Projections: Tennessee Eying Marquee Bowls After Fast Start

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    We’re just two games into the 2022 Tennessee football season but it’s never too early to start looking at bowl projections.

    After beating then-No. 17 Pitt on the road, the Vols are 2-0 and the 15th-ranked team in the country.

    With the hot start to the season, Tennessee is climbing up the bowl projections. That includes a prediction to a marquee bowl game the Vols haven’t been to since 1991.

    Let’s take a look at Tennessee’s early season bowl projections.


    Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor — Dec. 31 at 12 p.m. ET.


    Mark Schlabach — Citrus Bowl vs. Minnesota — Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. ET

    Kyle Bonagura — Citrus Bowl vs. Penn State

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    Tennessee last played in the Sugar Bowl in 1991, knocking off Virginia to cap off the 1990 SEC Championship season.

    The Vols last played in the Citrus Bowl in 2002, knocking off Michigan, 45-17, to cap off the 2001 SEC East championship season.

    Making it to the Sugar Bowl would be a massive success for Josh Heupel’s second season. ESPN projects Kentucky and Arkansas as the SEC representative in the Sugar Bowl.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.