Coming off a tough 63-38 loss on the road to the South Carolina Gamecocks, eliminating their chances at the College Football Playoff, Tennessee football hits the field again for one final time in the regular season. The Vols will be playing for their first 10-win regular season since 2003.
Ranked No. 10 in the AP Poll and No. 9 in the Coaches Poll, UT heads up the road to face the Vanderbilt Commodores. Despite no playoff on the line, they will be playing for a shot at a New Year’s Six bowl game, their first since the playoff began in 2014.
On the other side, Vandy comes in on a two-game winning streak, having upset the Kentucky Wildcats and then the Florida Gators 31-24 last week. Clark Lea’s team now has a shot at a bowl because of those wins. Here is everything you need to know for Tennessee football’s matchup.
- TV: SEC Network
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); Commodore Radio Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Satellite: SiriusXM (Ch. 81)
- Listen online: UTSports; VUCommodores.com
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -14
- Over/Under: 63.5
- Moneyline: Tennessee -555; Vanderbilt +400
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
Obviously, this is a matchup of two teams with entirely different morale levels right now. The ‘Dores are beyond excited about the prospect of playing for a bowl, as these past two weeks have basically resulted in a 180 on the takeaways for this season.
Meanwhile, the Vols are still devastated about not making the playoff. At the same time, they have to play this one without their Heisman Trophy candidate in Hendon Hooker, who suffered a torn ACL in last week’s loss at South Carolina.
Joe Milton III will take over for them at quarterback in this matchup. This is his chance to get ready for next year as the potential starter, and it’s still a chance for the Vols to finish the season having done some things that haven’t been done on Rocky Top in over two decades.
After losing five of seven to Vandy from 2012 to 2018, the Vols have won the past three games. However, the last time they were playing for a New Year’s Six bowl while Vandy was playing for a bowl bid was 2016, and the Commodores won that one in Nashville. As a result, Tennessee football can’t take this one for granted.