247Sports recently made a prediction for the Tennessee Vols in 2022 that should be extremely encouraging to fans.

The national sports media outlet predicted each SEC team’s record in the first month of the season.

And they have the Vols going 4-0 in September with wins against Ball State, Pittsburgh, Akron, and Florida.

From 247Sports:

This is a dangerous projection, yes, but we like living on the edge here in August and if the Volunteers can win the biggest game in several years on Sept. 24 against Florida, Tennessee has a great shot at exiting the first month unblemished and ranked inside the top 20. An open date follows before a showdown at LSU that could potentially vault the Volunteers into the top 10. Before we get there, however, Tennessee battles Pittsburgh on the road in Week 2, a rematch of last season’s loss against the eventual ACC champions.

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Tennessee defensive lineman/linebacker Tyler Baron (9) defends against Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Georgia at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.
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If the Vols emerge from September with a 4-0 record, it would have Tennessee on the path to winning 10 games for the first time since 2007.

And that’s exactly what the Vols’ main goal should be in 2022.

The games against Pittsburgh and Florida are possibly the two most important games on the schedule this season.

Tennessee should’ve beat Pittsburgh last year. With Hendon Hooker now entrenched as the Vols’ starting quarterback, and Kenny Pickett no longer under center for the Panthers, this is one that UT can’t let slip away — even though it’s in Pittsburgh.

The same goes for Florida. The Gators are in transition with a new head coach in Billy Napier. Tennessee has let “down” Florida teams beat them far too many times over the last decade. If the Vols want to prove that things are different under Josh Heupel, then they need to make a statement against the Gators.

Going undefeated in September would show significant progress and it would give the Vols a lot of momentum heading into Baton Rouge on October 8 for a pivotal showdown with LSU.

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