Tennessee Volunteer Bowl Projections: Florida Seems Likely Destination

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Tennessee wrapped up what was an up-and-down 2023 regular season in resounding fashion against in-state SEC rival Vanderbilt on Saturday, racing to a 48-24 win to cap off an 8-4 record.

The win snapped the Vols’ two-game losing streak and stabilized the program’s year-end conference record to an even 4-4, with Tennessee finishing third in the SEC East, behind Georgia (8-0) and Missouri (6-2).

Now, the Vols’ await their bowl game fate, with the formal announcement coming during Sunday’s rollout of postseason allotments — a day that will certainly spark significant Tennessee sports betting interest. Here’s where we see the Vols’ playing during the bowl season:

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Where Will Volunteers Play This Bowl Season?

Bowl Odds (% chance)
Gator Bowl-900 (90%)
Music City Bowl+900 (10%)
Other+900 (10%)
Odds are provided by BetTennessees.com and not available at Tennessee betting apps.

Trip to Jacksonville Becomes More Likely

The overwhelming favorite to land Tennessee this bowl season is Jacksonville’s TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, which comes in at -900. The game pits teams from the SEC and either the ACC or Big Ten. Tennessee last played in the North Florida game in 2019 under then coach Jeremy Pruitt, with the Vols’ beating Indiana, 23-22, to cap off an 8-5 season.

Other potential bowl games include Nashville’s Music City Bowl, which comes in at +900. It would be the program’s first trip to the game since 2021. That year, Tennessee lost a shootout to Purdue, 48-45, putting a sour final note on a 7-6 campaign in Josh Heupel’s first season.

This weekend, Tennessee and the rest of the SEC will be watching Alabama face off with Georgia for the league’s championship. ESPN BET Tennessee lists Georgia as a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 54.5 points.

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Christopher Boan writes for BetTennessee.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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