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Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State Both Have Better Odds to Win National Title Than Tennessee

Zach Brunner
Georgia State v Tennessee
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It's been a tough year to be a Tennessee Volunteers' football fan, and we're only two weeks into the 2019 college football season. Tennessee has not only endured arguably the worst start to this year's season among all FBS teams, but the 0-2 Volunteers have also fallen into the program's worst start to a season since 1988.

In fact, it has been so rough for "Good ol' Rocky Top" that the Vols are already staring at a worst chance to win the 2020 College Football Playoff than the Georgia State Panthers, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Blue Raiders and even the 0-2 Vanderbilt Commodores, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Vols now have the worst odds of winning the 2020 CFB among all teams in the state of Tennessee, as they've fallen out of the betting odds to win this year's national championship entirely.

Tennessee opened the season against Georgia State, losing at home, 38-30, despite the Volunteers heading into that matchup as 26-point favorites. The Vols gave up a fourth-quarter lead to start the season on a sour note against the Panthers, leaving many to wonder if it was simply an early fluke.

However, after Tennessee blew yet another fourth-quarter lead at home in front of the support from Neyland Stadium's 102,455 seats in a double-overtime loss to BYU in Week 2, any hope of a Week 1 hiccup quickly flew out the window.

After going 2-0 to begin the season, including its Week 1 win over Tennessee, Georgia State has +100000 odds to win it all. It's a long shot, but hey, the Panthers still have a better chance than Tennessee, according to the oddsmakers.

Sticking in the state of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee has started the season 1-1. The Blue Raiders lost a closer game than most were expecting on the road against Michigan in Week 1, then defeated Tennessee State, 45-26, last week. While not an overly impressive victory, the Blue Raiders' +75000 odds to win it all are still more favorable than the Volunteers.

Perhaps, an even harder pill to swallow for Vols' fans is the fact that 0-2 Vanderbilt still boasts better odds to win the national title than Tennessee, as the Commodores currently have +50000 odds to go the distance this season.

Tennessee has yet another home game in Week 3, facing a second FCS opponent in Chattanooga this time. And the Vols might want to make this one count considering their next four games to follow are at No. 9 Florida, vs. No. 3 Georgia, vs. Mississippi State and then at No. 2 Alabama.


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