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Tennessee football: How OU, Texas joining SEC one year early affects Vols; Fred White joins

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Friday was a day of breaking news for SEC expansion. On Off The Hook’s Feb 10 podcast, Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker discussed what that news meant for Tennessee football. A former Vol joined to discuss it as well, and conversations about future UT opponents were a major topic.

What OU, Texas to SEC in 2024 means

Thursday night, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey confirmed that Oklahoma and UT moved up their SEC entry year to 2024. What does that mean for Tennessee football? After all, many signs point to 2024 being the year in which the Vols fully arrive as a program under Josh Heupel.

Who would be the best permanent opponents for Tennessee football?

When Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC, the league will have to be reformatted. If it’s in a pod system, which permanent opponents would Vol fans like most to see? Would it be the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators, Vanderbilt Commodores or Kentucky Wildcats?

SEC expansion talk with Fred White

Former Vols defensive back Fred White came on board to discuss what the expansion news means for the SEC and the Vols. White broke down how the SEC is just different than the rest of the conferences and what would be best for Rocky Top with the new teams.

How Josh Heupel offense reflects changes in the game with Fred White

In addition to SEC expansion, White discussed Josh Heupel’s offense with Tennessee football and whether or not any team will figure it out. Heupel’s ability to adapt and the rules changes that now favor the offense in the game were factors that came into play.

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Is OU or Texas a more interesting opponent for Tennessee football?

UT has played Texas three times in history, all three in the Cotton Bowl. They have played Oklahoma four times in history, twice in the Orange Bowl and twice in the regular season. Rocky Top has a combined 2-5 record against them. Texas and Tennessee are both UT with orange colors. Heupel played for OU and was fired by them after the 2014 season.

Is Tennessee football media too harsh on the Vols?

Looking around the landscape of the SEC, the Missouri Tigers have the harshest local media in terms of how they are covered. The Alabama Crimson Tide have among the most homer media members. Where does Tennessee football media fall within that realm?

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