On the heels of their first loss of the season but with the College Football Playoff very much in play, Tennessee football will have to rebound Saturday afternoon against another SEC East foe, part of five straight to close out the season. The Vols will also have to deal with emotions.
It’s Senior Day on Rocky Top, and UT will honor a group of veterans who played a huge role in turning the program around quickly under Josh Heupel. Afterward, they’ll have to put those emotions and the letdown of last week’s loss at the Georgia Bulldogs behind them to take on the Missouri Tigers in their final home game.
Mizzou comes into this matchup after a fluke, heartbreaking loss to the Kentucky Wildcats last week. Eli Drinkwitz’s team has lost two games this year, UK and the Auburn Tigers, due to fluke plays, but they are looking to get to a bowl now. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee football’s matchup.
- TV: CBS
- Live stream: CBSSports.com
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); Tiger Radio Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Satellite: SiriusXM (Ch. 138 or 191)
- Listen online: UTSports; The Varsity Network
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -19.5
- Over/Under: 57.5
- Moneyline: Tennessee -1540; Missouri +820
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
Although they are under .500, the Tigers haven’t lost any SEC game by more than one score this year. In addition to UK and Auburn, they blew a 10-point second-half lead to UGA and also only lost by a touchdown to the Florida Gators. Simply put, this is a dangerous team.
With a bowl berth very much in play, they could catch the Vols napping at the wrong time if Heupel’s team isn’t careful. An upset in this one would flip the script of morale and put Mizzou in great shape to get to six or even seven wins down the stretch of the season.
On the other side, though, the Vols remain ranked No. 5 across the board, including the CFP. It’s not confirmed that they control their own destiny, as the Oregon Ducks could surpass them with quality wins over the next few weeks. However, there’s a good shot they do.
As a result, UT needs to be as focused on this game as possible. Another factor in this one is that the Vols can finally take the lead in the all-time series against Mizzou. When the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012, they cashed in on a UT program that was struggling.
Because of that factor, Mizzou won the first three games against the Vols and five of the first seven. Those were the first seven times these two teams had ever faced off. However, UT has won the past three to even the series, and this is their chance to take control of it.
After this game, Tennessee football closes the year out with two road matchups, starting with the South Carolina Gamecocks next week and then the Vanderbilt Commodores. Mizzou, meanwhile, hosts the New Mexico State Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks, two winnable games.