The finale of a memorable year for Tennessee football is here. Coming off their first 10-win regular season since 2003, the Vols will face the same team in the postseason they faced that season, although this is a much more prestigious bowl game.
Rocky Top, ranked No. 6 across the board, will take on the Clemson Tigers, who are ranked No. 7 in the College Football Playoff, No. 10 in the AP Poll and No. 11 in the Coaches Poll, in the Orange Bowl. UT most recently beat the Vanderbilt Commodores 56-0.
Clemson, meanwhile, most recently beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 39-10 to win the ACC Championship. Both teams lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks before their most recent outing. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee football’s matchup.
- TV: ESPN
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); Clemson Athletic Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Satellite: SiriusXM (Ch. 136 or 190)
- Listen online: UTSports; ClemsonTigers.com
- Line: Tennessee -6
- Over/Under: 61.5
- Moneyline: Clemson -230; Tennessee +185
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
Losing to South Carolina cost both teams a shot at the College Football Playoff. That calls into question how motivated each team is to play in this game, although they both showed in their most recent outings that they still are committed.
Opt-outs and injuries are what make this game tricky. Tennessee football is without Hendon Hooker, who suffered a season-ending injury at South Carolina, and will start Joe Milton III at quarterback. Their top two receivers, Jalin Hyatt and Cedric Tillman, have opted out, as did linebacker Jeremy Banks.
On the other side, Clemson also has a new starter at QB, as they inserted Cade Klubnik in the ACC title game. Defensive end Myles Murphy and linebacker Trenton Simpson are also opting out, so both teams are shells of what they were all season.
This is the most prestigious bowl for the Vols since playing in the Fiesta Bowl to end the 1999 season. They are gunning for their first top 10 finish since 2001. The last time they faced Clemson was the Peach Bowl to end the 2003 season, and they were upset 27-14.
Obviously, the programs have taken drastic turns since then. This is the fifth Orange Bowl for Tennessee football. The Vols are 1-3 in the event, but their first ever bowl game was the Orange Bowl after winning the 1938 national championship, and they beat the Oklahoma Sooners.