Last year’s game between Tennessee and Vanderbilt was an utter embarrassment for the Vols. The coaching staff was on it’s way out and the players had been demoralized throughout the tumultuous season. This season, the Vols will be looking for redemption when the Commodores come to Knoxville.
Head Coach James Franklin and his Vandy football team enter the 2013 season with high expectations after back-to-back bowl trips. Gone, however, are starting quarterback Jordan Rodgers and running back Zac Stacy.
The returning stars on the team are wide receiver’s Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd. Senior quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels will need to step up and hold off redshirt freshman Patton Robinette in order to lead the ‘Dores to their third consecutive bowl appearance.
Last season’s 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt was arguably the worst defeat of the season for the Vols. The manner in which they lost was shocking. They seemed lethargic and unwilling to compete in Vanderbilt Stadium.
This season, they will be looking to redeem themselves and exact some revenge on James Franklin’s crew. Tennessee will get the victory and move to 6-5 to get bowl eligible in what could be a monumental blowout.