While there’s some argument if it should even be called a “rivalry” since Vanderbilt has 33 wins to Tennessee’s 76, and 19 of the 33 came before 1927, this is still a rivalry if only just due to the geographic proximity.
Additionally, the last decade has been pretty even, with each side winning five games since 2010.
Saturday’s meeting will favor Tennessee, as the Commodores have had no shortage of struggles this year, shutting down multiple times due to COVID, going winless, and ultimately dismissing head coach Derek Mason.
Although, it hasn’t been all roses for the Vols, either. Tennessee came into the season ranked #16 following their 8-5 season last year. The hope was that Jarrett Guarantano would continue progressing and finish his Tennessee career with a bang. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. After opening the year with wins over South Carolina and Missouri, the bottom fell out for Guarantano and the Vols, Guarantano has just six touchdowns and four interceptions this season, having appeared in every game except Tennessee’s loss to Florida last week. This week’s depth chart has Guarantano behind freshman Harrison Bailey (28-44, 286 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT this season) and redshirt sophomore J.T. Shrout (12-15, 121 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT this season).
How to Watch
Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN