Tennessee will face the toughest three-game stretch of any SEC team in 2018, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
The Volunteers begin the stretch at Auburn on Oct. 13, which will be followed by a home game at Alabama on Oct. 20 and a road matchup at South Carolina on Oct. 27. And it all comes two weeks after back-to-back games against Florida at Neyland Stadium and Georgia on the road.
Here’s Low’s analysis on the Vols’ difficult three-game stretch, via ESPN.com:
“The month of October has been a house of horrors for the Vols. They’re just 4-24 against SEC opponents in October over the past eight seasons, and it doesn’t look real promising this season, either. In successive weeks, Tennessee travels to No. 19 Auburn, faces No. 1 Alabama at home and then goes back on the road to face No. 25 South Carolina. The Vols have lost 11 straight to Alabama and six straight to Auburn, two teams that could figure prominently in the national championship conversation in 2018. What’s more, this should be Will Muschamp’s best team at South Carolina.”
Only Oregon State — which has a three-game stretch beginning with road games at Stanford and Washington, followed by a home matchup against Oregon — and Oklahoma State — which will face Oklahoma on the road, West Virginia at home and travel to TCU — ranked ahead of the Vols in terms of tough stretches.
Tennessee will kick off its season against West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET.