ESPN FPI predicts outcome of Tennessee at Vanderbilt
After winning their first two games of the 2020 season, the first in Columbia against then-head coach Will Muschamp’s South Carolina Gamecocks and the other in Knoxville over Eli Drinkwitz’ Missouri Tigers, the Tennessee Volunteers have since dropped five-straight contests.
Hoping to snap this skid, Jeremy Pruitt’s team will head approximately 185 miles northwest to Nashville to battle the Vanderbilt Commodores (0-7) on Saturday.
The only of their last three games the Volunteers are favored in, ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) gave Tennessee an 80.2 percent chance to prevail victorious.
Here is a reminder of how the FPI is determined.
“The FPI is a measure of team strength meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season.
“FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 20,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule.
“Ratings and projections update daily. FPI data from seasons prior to 2019 may not be complete.”
Following this clash, the Volunteers will round out their regular season with consecutive home games, welcoming in the No. 6 Florida Gators on December 5 and No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies on December 12.
Saturday’s game will kick at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.