Saturday, November 26 @ 7:30 Eastern, Vanderbilt Stadium
The Tennessee vs Vanderbilt intrastate rival began in 1892.The two teams are part of the initial founders of the SEC conference. The first season the two played against each other Vanderbilt dominated. They played 2 games in the 1892 season and Vandy won both easily. The first game was in Nashville on Oct. 21 (22-4), and the second was in Knoxville on Nov. 17 (12-0).
The all time series record stands currently at 75-30-5 in favor of the Vols, Saturday will be their 111th meeting. The biggest margin of victory in the series was Vanderbilt in 1918, they won 76-0. On the other hand, the longest win streak between the two is held by Tennessee, 22 consecutive wins from 1983-2004.
Vanderbilt comes into the game with a record of 5-6, 2-5 in the SEC. The Commodores are looking for an automatic bowl berth with a win over the Vols. They could still see a bowl bid without a win, however, they would need some help from around the rest of the FBS.
The Commodores are coming off a huge win over the Ole Miss Rebels, 38-17. They have been lead by the outstanding defense of redshirt Junior (LB) Zach Cunningham and hard nose running from (RB) Ralph Webb. Definitely keep an eye on these two during the game, as they are sure not to disappoint.
Webb is only 27 yards shy of grabbing the top spot as Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher. He is also only 135 yards away from becoming the Commodores all-time single season rushing leader.
The Vandy records look to be broken this weekend, considering 2nd year (OC) Andy Ludwig is more of a West Coast, Pro Style who likes to hand the ball off. He is sure to even out the touches all around the field.
Tennessee comes into the game with a record of 8-3, 4-3 in the SEC. While Vandy looks to clinch a berth, the Vols are hoping to make their bowl eligibility look more favorable. With an impressive win over an up-and-coming Vandy team, they could do just that. A win could also cement the #2 spot in the SEC East, behind the Florida Gators.
Senior (QB) Josh Dobbs will be focused in on his last regular season game for Tennessee. After a great performance against the Tigers, Dobbs and the offense will look to continue their late season stride.
The tag team (RB) Alvin Kamara and (RB) John Kelly Jr. are the center of the steam rolling offense of the Vols. Dobbs, Kamara, and Kelly Jr. totaled 386 rushing yards last week in their win over the Tigers.
Junior (DL) Derek Barnett is still inching closer to Reggie White‘s sack record. Barnett now has (31) sacks and the 33-year-old record is set at (32). What better place to break the record than in front of his hometown crowd in Nashville, TN.
The Vols could get a bid to their preferred bowl of choice, the Sugar Bowl, with a big win over Vandy. See ya in New Orleans… Go Vols, Beat Vandy!
Line: Tenn -310 Vandy +225
Spread: Tenn -7.5
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