Should football in Tennessee want Orange Bowl instead of Sugar Bowl?

Tennessee Football might deserve to go to the Sugar Bowl, but the Orange Bowl could be a better result.

This is the special situation for vols while waiting for their bowl bid.

The College Football Playoff standings will be released on Tuesday (7pm ET) and finalized on Sunday (12pm ET) on ESPN. This will determine which teams advance to the playoffs and the New Year’s Six Bowls.

Most predictions see Tennessee versus Clemson in the Orange Bowl and Alabama versus Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl. Some projections trade Tennessee and Alabama in these matchups.

The Cotton Bowl is another option for the Vols, but the odds are slimmer.

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“I have no preference,” said UT coach Josh Heupel. “I’ve learned that your preference doesn’t usually come true anyway. I feel like we’re in a special bowl. I expect our fanbase to arrive well and we’ll prepare to play well.”

But what should Tennessee and its fans want? There is no consensus answer.

Why Tennessee wanted the Sugar Bowl

The top-ranked SEC team not in the playoffs goes to the Sugar Bowl. That will likely be No. 7 Alabama (10-2) because No. 5 LSU lost to Texas A&M. But No. 10 Tennessee (10-2) can put in a effort to leap across the Crimson Tide.

Their appointment strength and record strength are similar. Tennessee beat Alabama 52-49. But the loss of quarterback Hendon Hooker to a cruciate ligament tear could cloud the CFP committee’s view of the Vols.