On November 2, Tennessee will head into Columbia, Missouri to take on the Missouri Tigers in what is possibly one of the most pivotal game of the season for the Vols. The incredible gauntlet of five preseason top-10 teams in six games will be over, and the November schedule will loom large for the Vols. In order to make a bowl game, which they have not done since the 2010 season, Tennessee will have to take advantage of the much lighter part of their schedule.
Missouri returns senior quarterback James Franklin and multiple weapons, including sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and junior running back Henry Josey. Last season, the Tigers overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit to defeat the Vols 51-48 in four overtimes in Knoxville. Missouri finished 5-7 and 2-6 in conference play in their first season in the SEC. Gary Pinkel is entering his 10th season as the school’s head coach.
November has traditionally been kind to Tennessee, and they will need to capitalize on this season’s schedule in order to end it’s bowl game drought. Butch Jones will have his team ready to play as the taste of last season’s inexcusable loss will fuel the Volunteers. Tennessee will pull away in the second half and win this game, moving them one step closer to a winning season and a bowl game. Heading into their homecoming matchup against Auburn at a minimum of 4-5 will be paramount for this Volunteer football team.
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