Tennessee is still sorting through its postseason plans.
But it appears they won't include a trip to Florida.
In a surprising development, the Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 11 a.m.) looks like it will pass on the Vols, break from tradition and select Auburn out of the SEC West, which would likely send UT to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Sources indicated on Monday that the Vols wouldn't slide past the Atlanta-based bowl if the Outback didn't take them, though no decision has been reached yet according to UT athletic director Mike Hamilton.
The Vols thought they had their ticket punched to the Outback by virtue of a second-place finish in the SEC East after beating Kentucky on Saturday, but there's a possibility the Tigers were able to sneak into the picture by promising to sell more tickets -- a practice frowned upon by the league.
If UT also slips past the Chick-fil-A (Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.), its likely destination would be Nashville for the Music City Bowl (Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m.).