After becoming bowl eligible a week ago, the Tennessee Volunteers now look to hit the seven-win mark.
In order to do so, the Vols must defeat their in-state adversaries. They will face the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday as the state of Tennessee is up for grabs.
This one will be played in Knoxville this time around. Based on how things have gone this year, that will likely slide things in Tennessee’s favor. The Commodores are 0-4 on the road this year heading into their final game of the season. They have not played particularly well in any of those losses either, so it’s not as if they’ve gotten clipped or what have you. Given that the Vols are 4-3 at Neyland Stadium this year, the expectation should be that Tennessee handles their business.
Shocking things have happened before and Vanderbilt certainly could pull off the upset. The question of whether they actually do is what’s up for grabs. If they do I’d suspect that by day’s end, their run game would be the reason why. They’ve done a really good job in that department the last two weeks. They’ve rushed for 348 yards on 55 carries, good for a mark of 6.32 yards per carry. Passing hasn’t really been the forte at all this year for the Dores, so they will no doubt be leaning on that ground game.
Tennessee, though, has been outstanding against the run. While they gave up 302 yards to the Kentucky Wildcats, it came on 64 rushing attempts. In three of their last four games, Tennessee has allowed 2.6, 2.5 and 2.7 yards per carry. So they are certainly getting it together in that department. We shall see if they can keep that moving on Saturday and if they can finish this season on a high note after things looked bleak when they were 1-4 earlier in the year.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Tennessee -22.5
Moneyline: Tennessee -2000 | Vanderbilt +1000