The latest bowl game projections from The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel include a very intriguing bowl game possibility for the Tennessee Vols.

Mandel is projecting Tennessee to the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in a matchup against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

This would be an extremely interesting game, thanks to several shared connections between the two programs.

Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson was Phillip Fulmer’s offensive coordinator at Tennessee in 2008. The Vols’ offense was dreadful in 2008, averaging only 17.3 points per game (No. 110 in the nation).

It’s not a stretch to say that Clawson’s offense was the catalyst for a decade of dysfunction for the Vols. If Tennessee has an average offense in 2008, perhaps the Fulmer era ends differently.

The other connection between the two programs is Wake Forest athletic director John Currie, the former UT athletic director who was fired after his poor attempt at a coaching search in late 2017.

Seeing Currie in the building for a matchup against the Vols would certainly be awkward.

As for the game itself, a matchup between Wake and Tennessee could be extremely high-scoring. The Demon Deacons have the No. 3 scoring offense in the nation, while the Vols have the No. 9 scoring offense in the country.

The over would definitely be the best bet in his game.

By the way, for this game to actually happen, the Demon Deacons need to lose to Pittsburgh on Saturday, otherwise, they’ll likey be in a New Year’s Six bowl.

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