Tennessee 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

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Breaking Down the Tennessee Volunteers Win Total

2020 College Football Season

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The Tennessee Volunteers are coming off an (8-5) season, while going (5-3) during SEC play.  Tennessee struggled on offense, registering an average of just 24.2 points per game, which ranked 98th at the FBS level.  The defense kept Tennessee in most games, as the defense allowed an average of just 21.7 points per contest, ranking 29th in that department. The program is under the direction of coach Jeremy Pruitt. Get College Football Predictions at Pick Dawgz.

Tennessee was guided throughout last season by quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.  Guarantano passed for 2,158 yards, while throwing 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.  Running back Ty Chandler returns after rushing for 655 yards and 3 touchdowns, during his junior season.  Eric Gray also saw plenty of time as a freshman, after rushing for 539 yards on 101 attempts and 4 touchdowns.  Tennessee will need to find different contributors, after the graduation of Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway.  Both of them combined for 89 receptions, 1,604 yards, and 14 touchdowns. No other player had more than 1 receiving touchdown.  

Defensively, the team collected 34 sacks and 15 interceptions.  Shawn Shamburger collected 47 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception during the 2019 campaign, he returns for his senior season. Bryce Thompson totaled 32 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 interceptions last year.  The defense will need players to step up, as the defense lost their leading tackler, leader in sacks, and leader in interceptions due to graduation. Daniel Bituli had 86 tackles, Darrell Taylor had 8.5 sacks, and Nigel Warrior collected 4 interceptions. 

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Let us take a look at the Tennessee schedule for the 2020 season.

Sept. 5 Charlotte

Sept. 12 at Oklahoma

Sept. 19 Furman

Sept. 26 Florida

Oct. 3 Missouri

Oct. 10 at South Carolina

Oct. 24 Alabama

Oct. 31 at Arkansas

Nov. 7 Kentucky

Nov. 14 at Georgia

Nov. 21 Troy

Nov. 28 at Vanderbilt

Tennessee finished last with 8 wins and the projected win total is 7.5 for the 2020 campaign. When you look at the non-conference schedule, Tennessee plays Charlotte, at Oklahoma, Furman, and Troy.  The Volunteers should go 3-1 during that stretch. When you look at their conference slate, Tennessee has a tough stretch. Tennessee plays at Georgia, while playing Kentucky, Florida, and Alabama at home. I like the chances of Tennessee winning on the road at Vanderbilt and Arkansas, which would be an additional 2 wins, to go along with their 3 non-conference wins.  Tennessee has a toss up game with a Missouri team that will have a different identity and a road game at South Carolina. Tennessee would need a lot of things to go well in their home games against Florida, Kentucky, and Missouri.  

I’m going to take the under here, as Tennessee has some tough games this year, in a season where the top players from last year’s defense will not return. A 7 win Tennessee team seems appropriate, winning 5 for sure games and 2 toss up games.   

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