Look: Win total set for Tennessee football's 2024 season

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Tennessee football’s win total for the 2024 season has been set at 8.5, according to FanDuel. The Vols are -184 to go over 8.5 wins and +146 to finish under 8.5 wins, according to the recently released odds. 

Georgia and Texas had the highest win totals at 10.5, ahead of 9.5 for Alabama, LSU, Missouri and Ole Miss 9.5. Texas A&M’s total was also at 8.5. Auburn and Oklahoma are both set at 7.5 and Kentucky is set at 6.5. Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida are 5.5, Mississippi State is 4.5 and Vanderbilt is set at 2.5.

The Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings released in January had Tennessee anywhere from No. 11 to No. 21 to start the offseason. 

Athlon had Tennessee the highest at No. 11 while the Sporting News had the Vols at No. 14 and On3 had Tennessee at No. 15. ESPN, Action Network and Pro Football Focus all have the Vols at No. 17 and Bleacher Report has them at No. 21.

Four Tennessee opponents ranked in Way-Too-Early Top 25s

Four of Tennessee’s 12 opponents on the 2024 schedule are showing up in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings.

Georgia was the unanimous No. 1 according to Athlon, Sporting News, On3, ESPN, Pro Football Focus and Bleacher Report. Alabama, in projections released before head coach Nick Saban retired, was ranked as high as No. 2 by Pro Football Focus and low as No. 4 by ESPN.

Oklahoma was ranked as high as No. 12 by On3 and low as No. 18 by Sporting News. North Carolina State was ranked No. 20 by ESPN and Bleacher Report and No. 25 by Athlon.

Georgia finished at No. 2 in ESPN’s FPI, No. 3 in the Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the AP Top 25 after Alabama ended the Dawgs’ bid for three straight national championships with a win in the SEC Championship game.

Alabama finished at No. 5 in both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll and were No. 6 in ESPN’s FPI after a 12-2 season ended with the overtime Rose Bowl loss to Michigan in the College Football Playoff game. 

Oklahoma finished at No. 15 in both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll after going 10-3 this season. North Carolina State finished at No. 21 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll after going 9-4.

A closer look at the Vols’ 2024 schedule

The new season opens for Tennessee on August 31 against Chattanooga at Neyland Stadium. The Vols then go to Charlotte for a neutral-site game against N.C. State on September 7 at Bank of America Stadium in the Duke’s Mayo Classic.

The Vols return home to host Kent State on September 14 before going to Oklahoma to start SEC play on September 21, as the Sooners make their debut as an SEC team.

After a bye week on September 28, Tennessee goes back on the road in league play at Arkansas on October 5, before hosting Florida and Alabama for back-to-back home games on October 12 and October 19. 

There’s a second bye week on October 26, setting up a November schedule that includes Kentucky (November 2) and Mississippi State (November 9) at home, a road trip to Georgia (November 16), Homecoming against UTEP (November 23) and the regular-season finale at Vanderbilt (November 30). 

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