Here is our preview for the Tennessee football Volunteers’ final 2020 regular season game.
A tumultuous regular season for Tennessee football that included multiple cancelations and postponements due to COVID finally comes to an end on Saturday. In the process, UT will have a chance to play spoiler.
The No. 5 ranked Texas A&M Aggies head into Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. looking to make a statement with a big win. Jimbo Fisher’s team still has an outside shot at making the College Football Playoff.
Meanwhile, Tennessee football is looking to extend its winning streak to two games after beating the Vanderbilt Commodores last week 42-17, which snapped a six-game losing streak. Here is all the information you need for the matchup.
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This is the fourth meeting all time between the Vols and Aggies. Two of them have been bowl matchups, including the 1957 Gator Bowl, which was Bear Bryant’s last game with A&M, and the 2005 Cotton Bowl (2004 season). UT won both of those games. Their most recent meeting was in 2016. Texas A&M won that game in overtime.
Fisher and Jeremy Pruitt also have a connection. As head coach of the Florida State Seminoles back in 2013, Fisher gave Pruitt his first defensive coordinator job at the college level. Together, they won the national championship.
Since then, Pruitt and Fisher have gone head-to-head one other time. Back in 2017, when Pruitt was defensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide, he faced Pruitt and Florida State in the season-opener. Alabama won 24-7.
In order to make the College Football Playoff, Texas A&M needs to win today. Then, either the Ohio State Buckeyes or Clemson Tigers need to lose. Ohio State plays the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten Championship, and Clemson plays the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the ACC Championship.
After this matchup, there’s a strong likelihood Tennessee football receives a bowl invite despite no chance at finishing the season at or above .500. That could happen regardless of whether or not the Vols win on Saturday.