2020 Tennessee high school football championship predictions

Hello all! Thanks for checking out these championship week projections. Last week’s semifinals projections went 9-3 (75%), a bit better than what I’d anticipated. That brings the playoff record to 151-29 (83.9%), meaning as long as these picks go 2-7 or better, it’ll set a new record for this projection system. I think that’s pretty remarkable, considering this was a pandemic season with fewer games played than any other year in modern history and a less-stable base to work with.

Up top, while I haven’t written nearly as much about high school athletics in Tennessee this year, a hearty congratulations to the athletes participating in this week’s BlueCross Bowls. This has been the strangest year of my lifetime, and you’ve held it together both in the classroom and on the football field. Well done!

Below are the game projections. As I’ve said in the past, I don’t do game-by-game analysis anymore; smarter, better people than I get paid to do that, and they are called names like Tom Kreager and Khari Thompson and Jesse Smithey.

II-A

Game Time: 12 PM Eastern, Thursday, December 3, 2020

Championship odds: Davidson Academy 74.3%, University School of Jackson 25.7%

Have they played this season? Yes; Davidson Academy won, 31-9.

Projection: (W #2) University School of Jackson 17 vs. (W #1) Davidson Academy 28

II-AA

Game Time: 4 PM Eastern, Thursday, December 3, 2020

Championship odds: Christ Presbyterian Academy 52.6%, Lipscomb Academy 47.4%

Have they played this season? Yes; Lipscomb Academy won, 20-14.

Projection: (M #2) Christ Presbyterian Academy 24 vs. (M #1) Lipscomb Academy 23

II-AAA

Game Time: 8 PM Eastern, Thursday, December 3, 2020

Championship odds: McCallie 56.1%, Memphis University 43.9%

Have they played this season? No.

Projection: (W #3) Memphis University 24 vs. (E #3) McCallie 27

1A

Game Time: 12 PM Eastern, Friday, December 4, 2020

Championship odds: South Pittsburg 82.3%, Fayetteville 17.7%

Have they played this season? No.

Projection: (R3 #1) South Pittsburg 35 vs. (R5 #1) Fayetteville 19

3A

Game Time: 4 PM Eastern, Friday, December 4, 2020

Championship odds: Alcoa 72.9%, Milan 27.1%

Have they played this season? No.

Projection: (R2 #1) Alcoa 29 vs. (R7 #1) Milan 18

5A

Game Time: 8 PM Eastern, Friday, December 4, 2020

Championship odds: Summit 52.6%, Oak Ridge 47.4%

Have they played this season? No.

Projection: (R3 #2) Oak Ridge 24 vs. (R5 #1) Summit 25

2A

Game Time: 12 PM Eastern, Saturday, December 5, 2020

Championship odds: Peabody 69.5%, Meigs Co. 30.5%

Have they played this season? No.

Projection: (R2 #1) Meigs Co. 21 vs. (R7 #1) Peabody 30

4A

Game Time: 4 PM Eastern, Saturday, December 5, 2020

Championship odds: Elizabethton 75.1%, Haywood 24.9%

Have they played this season? No.

Projection: (R1 #1) Elizabethton 34 vs. (R7 #1) Haywood 22

6A

Game Time: 8 PM Eastern, Saturday, December 5, 2020

Championship odds: Oakland 74.3%, Brentwood 25.7%

Have they played this season? Yes; Oakland won, 37-0.

Projection: (R3 #1) Oakland 32 vs. (R6 #1) Brentwood 21

Best of luck to all teams and fans involved this weekend, and congrats on making it through this season.

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