The 2024 season’s list of ‘most anticipated’ games includes a matchup featuring the Tennessee Vols.

The upcoming match against NC State is undoubtedly a crucial one for the Vols. Tennessee has set its sights on contending for a spot in the 12-team College Football Playoff in 2024. A loss to NC State would essentially mean that the Vols must navigate through the SEC schedule flawlessly to secure a position in the expanded playoff.

In the upcoming fall, Tennessee can afford a maximum of two “quality” losses and still maintain a chance at reaching the playoff. A defeat on September 7 in a neutral site game against an ACC opponent would create a significant uphill battle for the Vols. This marks a pivotal moment for true freshman Nico Iamaleava, who is set to assume the role of Tennessee’s starting quarterback in 2024. The experience gained by Iamaleava in the Citrus Bowl against Iowa becomes even more crucial in this context.

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