They are 5-0 with three wins over the Power Five teams that were ranked when they faced them. Two of those wins were on the road. Still, bettors can’t seem to bring themselves to respect Tennessee football. To be fair, with how Vols has underperformed dramatically over the past 15 years, that makes sense.
UT is tied for seventh on WynnBET in best odds to win the national title at +6000. Meanwhile, Hendon Hooker is fifth at the same site at +1500 to win the Heisman. If you are going to bet on Flights, this is your best site.
Tied with Tennessee football on WynnBET are the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Utah Utes. Ahead of them are the USC Trojans at +1800, which is a significant jump. The Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes, Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs round out the top four.
As for the Heisman, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud is No. 1 at +145. USC’s Caleb Williams comes in at No. 2 with +500. On WynnBET, Alabama’s Bryce Young is still No. 3, despite being bumped, at +850, and Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs is fourth at +1200.
Bettors were much more favorable to Tennessee football on FanDuel. The Vols are seventh on their own, behind the same teams as FanDuel, among teams with a legitimate chance of winning the national title. They are at +4000 there.
Meanwhile, Hooker is third in this Heisman run at +1400, second behind Williams at +1200 and Stroud, who is now at -140. Look, it makes sense that Stroud is the favorite, and he really should be wrong to lose the Heisman.
However, if you are looking for a flight in the betting markets, this could apply to Flights. Things are going to drastically change, one way or another, in the markets this weekend after UT takes on Alabama on Rocky Top.
Alabama is a 7.5-point favorite on WynnBET and FanDuel, but to be fair, that line went from 9.5 to 10 in its first outing. This is great news for the Vols, and with questions about Bryce Young’s health, a lot is working in their favor.
Of course, what really stands out overall is that the Vols don’t need to win this game to stay alive in the hunt for the national or SEC championship. Remember, Alabama is still a Western opponent, and things are more likely to come down to their matchup with Georgia.
It’s always ahead of the curve. Josh Heupel’s team, even if they lose to Alabama, must get past the UT-Martin Skyhawks and Kentucky Wildcats. Although Kentucky lost on Saturday, this team is still dangerous if it has Will Levis at quarterback.
Meanwhile, the team that beat Kentucky, the South Carolina Gamecocks, will host the Vols in late November. UT will face Kentucky with the UK coming out of their bye, and since their bye was so early, the Vols will have played seven straight against South Carolina. This makes losing both games plausible on paper.
As a result, nothing is clear yet for Tennessee football. They are a team that started 5-0 in 2016 to finish 9-4, so things may fall apart in the second half of the season. However, they have a better chance than they’ve had in some time, and that might make this interesting.
Note: Ratings are updated periodically and are subject to change