CFN’s biggest disappointment game is Vols by default

A big reason for optimism about Tennessee Football entering Josh Heupel’s sophomore year is the Vols’ 2022 schedule. They’re finally getting the Florida Gators at a good time, their non-conference Power Five nemesis building again and their rotating SEC West enemy has a new head coach.

Sure, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs are still on the team, but any other game could potentially be a win. The only concern beyond that is a potential disappointment game, and quite frankly there aren’t any real disappointment games on the schedule.

Ben Niewoehner of College Football News called the Missouri Tigers Nov. 12 Tennessee football’s biggest disappointment. This game comes right after a visit to the Georgia Bulldogs and right before a visit to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Here is Niewoehner’s explanation for it.

The Vols could end the season with eight straight games after an early bye date. It will take Mizzou deep into this slog, and after he’s faced off against Kentucky and Georgia and a date in South Carolina follows.

All of this is true. Mizzou, coming to UT to host the Kentucky Wildcats and then visiting Georgia, could make them a disappointment, as of course the Vols will be eyeing South Carolina down the road. However, this took the title by default.

In reality, this isn’t a huge disappointment game as there shouldn’t be too much of a hangover from the UGA game the week before. If the Vols were at Georgia level and expected to compete with them, it would be one thing.

However, at the moment, nobody expects them to participate in this game. As a result, Mizzou would be a bigger disappointment game if it came straight after Kentucky, a much more important matchup for the Vols. Coming to Georgia after a loss won’t be that big of a deal.

Well, if Tennessee Football shocks the Dawgs in any way, then Mizzou could definitely be a disappointment game, but should that happen, they won’t be too worried about South Carolina next week. In fact, if this happens, fans will be so excited about their return to Knoxville that Mizzou could be a game they’re headed for.

Simply put, Mizzou wins this title by default. The Vols don’t play Power Five teams in consecutive weeks until they host Alabama after the LSU Tigers, and Alabama can’t be a disappointment game since everyone expects them to lose that anyway. That’s the same reason Georgia can’t be one.

Kentucky, meanwhile, comes right after the UT Martin Skyhawks so this won’t be a huge disappointment game, especially if it’s more important to the Vols list this year than Georgia or Alabama. That leaves Missouri or South Carolina for the week after.

South Carolina comes before Tennessee Football visits the Vanderbilt Commodores, but that won’t be much to look forward to this season. As a result, that’s not a huge disappointment game either, and Mizzou is the only team left. However, the real story is the schedule, which is being set up so that none of these exist in reality this year.

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