For the first time since 1998, the Tennessee Volunteers are the number-one ranked team in the country. It’s been a long time coming, but the Volunteers are high on the mountain as they prepare to travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. Tennessee has been in the dumps far too long. After defeating five ranked opponents and putting up video game numbers on the offensive side of the ball, the Vol Nation is bursting a seem at the endless possibilities on the horizon for the program.
With Georgia looming in the shadows, Tennessee Football is pounding its chest with great pride. Honestly, who can blame them? Tennessee Football is a dang good football program deserving of all the credit. Even with a loss this weekend, Tennessee Football controls its destiny in the conversation for the Playoffs. Tennessee Football is on top of the College Football world. We have heard Rocky Top on repeat and will continue to do so as Tennessee keeps winning.
So, where do the Volunteers go from here? Does Josh Heupel’s team have a chance to win a National Championship? If so, what does that path look like for the Volunteers?
Here’s the thing, a win on Saturday over Georgia would wrap up the SEC East for the Tennessee Volunteers, where they would likely meet Coach Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. That alone would solidify the Volunteers’ bid for the College Football Playoffs.
Yes, Josh Heupel and his Tennessee Football program have a legitimate path to earning a National Championship berth. There’s not a doubt in anybody’s mind that Tennessee Football deserves the hype. Tennessee Football is the best team in the country. At the moment, and if the season ended today, the Volunteers would be the favorite to win a National Championship.
As far as the path to get there? Just win. Why create issues when the issue is self-control of your destiny? All Tennessee has to do is to continue to play the Volunteers way, and the rest will take care of itself. Tennessee has a talented group of guys that have drawn a lot of resemblance to the 2019 LSU Football team led by Joe Burrow won a National Championship. When you compare the two, the commonalities between both programs are few and far between.
Not sure what it is, but something remarkable is brewing in Knoxville, Tennessee. At this point, you can’t deny that Tennessee Football is back and, this time, feels like 1998.