Florida is still squarely in the driver’s seat for a return trip to the SEC championship game in Atlanta. But that’s not stopping Tennessee from making sure it has a plan in place in case its opportunity arrives.
Tennessee beat Kentucky 49-36 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, but Florida held serve with a 20-7 win against South Carolina. That leaves the Gators with a 5-2 conference record with a makeup game against LSU looming next week. Meanwhile, the Vols improved to 3-3 with Missouri and Vanderbilt still on the schedule.
The Vols hold the tiebreaker with Florida thanks to a head-to-head win in September, and apparently that’s reason enough to be optimistic in Knoxville.
According to 247Sports’ John Brice, Tennessee sent an email blast out to “boosters, alumni and more” that outlined the process for purchasing tickets for the SEC championship game, which will be held Dec. 3 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, shortly after the Vols beat the Wildcats on Saturday.
Some may argue that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse given the circumstances, but in fairness to the athletic department, it does need to get logistics in place with less than a month to go.
While the SEC East race still depends on LSU’s ability to knock off the Gators at Tiger Stadium next Saturday, the SEC West race was settled on Saturday when Georgia beat Auburn, securing a third consecutive trip to the title game for the Crimson Tide.
Tennessee has not represented the SEC East in Atlanta since 2007, when the Vols lost to LSU. The Vols last won the SEC title in 1998.