Tennessee football predictions: ESPN projects ceiling, floor for Vols in 2023
Tennessee football predictions for 2023 are starting to roll in from media experts everywhere.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Bill Connelly broke down the ceilings and floors for every team in ESPN’s way-too-early 2023 top-25 rankings.
For the Vols, Connelly has the ceiling set at 11-1 for the regular season and the floor set at 7-5. He explained why Joe Milton is the biggest variable this fall:
The Joe Milton bandwagon. Does it derail once again? As I wrote in Tuesday’s SP+ projections piece, Milton has seduced multiple head coaches with his rocket-launcher arm (and looked great in the Orange Bowl against Clemson), but he has also twice lost his starting job. If he properly captains Josh Heupel’s up-tempo offense — a QB-friendly attack that returns a loaded run game and talented receivers such as Bru McCoy and Ramel Keyton — then the sky is the limit for a Volunteers team that boasts massive defensive experience and, intriguingly, hosts Georgia. Is Milton’s third time a charm?
As Connelly notes, Milton did look good against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Can he carry that momentum over into 2023? That will likely determine if the Vols reach their ceiling or stumble to their floor when games begin again on Rocky Top this fall.
Sports betting in Tennessee officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.