Tennessee is picked to finish in the top 10 by most prognosticators.
The Vols are expected to challenge Florida for the SEC East Division title. They are expected, by oddsmakers and many Big Orange fans, to go 10-1.
In fact, the early line in Las Vegas has Tennessee as a 9-point favorite over South Carolina, a 7-point favorite over LSU, a 3-point favorite at Notre Dame, and a 2-point favorite at Alabama. The Vols opened as a 7.5-point underdog at Florida (where UT hasn