Breaking down and analyzing the 2021 Tennessee Volunteers football schedule with the best and worst case scenarios.
2021 Tennessee Football Schedule
Sept. 4 Bowling Green
Sept. 11 Pitt
Sept. 18 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 25 at Florida
Oct. 2 at Missouri
Oct. 9 South Carolina
Oct. 16 Ole Miss
Oct. 23 at Alabama
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 at Kentucky
Nov. 13 Georgia
Nov. 20 South Alabama
Nov. 27 Vanderbilt
Dec. 4 SEC Championship (in Atlanta)
Games vs. The West: at Alabama, Ole Miss
Missed Teams From The West: Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M
Tennessee Volunteers Football Schedule Analysis: New head man Josh Heupel is being handed an interesting slate that’s not all that bad tear on. Five of the first seven games are at home, and they’re all winnable. At least split the dates on the road against Missouri and Florida, and it’ll be a huge start before going to Alabama.
Best of all, the season closes out with three home games including winnable dates against South Alabama and Vanderbilt as a backstop in case the team needs one more key victory to go bowling.
Best Case Scenario: 10-2. Even if Tennessee are able to rock and roll right away under Heupel, assume a loss to Alabama and, at best, a split with Georgia and Florida. There isn’t another game on the slate the team can’t or shouldn’t win, including the non-conference date with Pitt.
Worst Case Scenario: 5-7.The Vols are bad out of the gate. Even if they’re struggling, they’ll be 2-1 – they’re not losing to Bowling Green or Tennessee Tech – and then things fall off a cliff with four losses in the next five before getting a week off. Even in a worse case scenario, though, the Vols will have to work really, really hard to not win six games.