The coach of three national champion teams, and owner of a pristine 187-32 record at the collegiate level, Urban Meyer knows a thing or two about what it takes for teams to thrive in the postseason.
So it raised an eyebrow or two when Meyer cited the Tennessee Volunteers as the team with the easiest path to a national championship. Meyer picked the Vols over ostensibly more obvious choices such as Georgia or Ohio State. Meyer explained his rationale on the On3 network.
"Including Georgia, Ohio State and the [Michigan] Wolverines, Tennessee’s got the easiest path," Meyer explained. "I think it’s the easiest scenario because they don’t have to play a ranked team."
Meyer went on to cite the Volunteers' upcoming strength of competition, which consists of the 6-4 South Carolina Gamecocks and the 4-6 Vanderbilt Commodores.
Meyer's forecast is a lofty one, but not entirely unreasonable considering Tennessee's 2022 success. Now 9-1, the Vols have outperformed underwhelming recent campaigns including sub-.500 finishes in 2020 and 2018.
Head coach Josh Heupel will aim to lift Tennessee to new heights, and remedy the hangover of last season's Music City Bowl loss to the Purdue Boilermakers.