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Tennessee Football opt outs; recruiting; Basketball losses; Conference title picks

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With the regular season over, Tennessee Football players have crucial decisions to make. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker discuss that with Josh Ward along with potential bowl opt outs on Off the Hook Sports’ Thursday, Nov. 30 podcast. The show also touches on recruiting, both UT Vols basketball programs losing, the transfer portal and conference championship week gambling predictions.

Which basketball program’s loss is a bigger concern?

On Wednesday evening, the Tennessee Lady Vols blew a 15-point lead to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After that, the men’s team suffered a 100-92 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Both programs were playing without key players and going up against ranked opponents, while the women’s team was at home. Is either loss that concerning?

Should recruiting still factor into analysis of coaches?

Currently, Tennessee Football has fallen to No. 12 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Meanwhile, the Miami Hurricanes moved up to No. 5 after flipping an Ohio State Buckeyes commitment despite Mario Cristobal’s horrible in-game coaching, and the Florida Gators are No. 6 despite Billy Napier’s issues. The Colorado Buffaloes and Deion Sanders have just lost three commits. What does this all mean?

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Vols who could opt out of Tennessee Football bowl game

Joe Milton III is one player who may consider opting out of the bowl game to focus on the NFL Draft, and that could actually be helpful for the Vols so they could get Nico Iamaleava ready to go. Which other Tennessee Football players may consider opting out of the postseason for the Vols? Who should fans WANT to opt out?

Key decisions for Tennessee Football players

In addition to the bowl game, Tennessee Football has plenty of players who have key decisions to make with regard to their future, regardless of whether or not they are seniors with an extra year of eligibility or underclassmen who could enter the NFL Draft early. Which UT players stand out with such crucial decisions to make?

Arch Manning, transfer portal news

With Quinn Ewers shining for the Texas Longhorns and likely not going anywhere, could Arch Manning enter the transfer portal? Would Tennessee Football target him? In other news surrounding quarterbacks, South Carolina Gamecocks Spencer Rattler is entering the NFL Draft, and Duke Blue Devils signal-caller Riley Leonard has entered the portal.

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Conference championship week picks

Typically, we pick all SEC games and games involving two top 25 teams each week during the season. However, during conference championship week, we’ll pick every title game, giving us 10 to predict overall, including all five Group of Five conferences. All five Power Five title games have College Football Playoff implications.

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