Check out the Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt fearless prediction and game preview.
Tennessee (4-7) vs. Vanderbilt (4-7) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Network: SEC Network
This might be for the SEC die-hards, but it’ll be interesting.
For a long time this looked like a possible win-and-get-in bowl game, but now, for both teams, this will have to do.
Tennessee is just playing out the string in a true exhibition game before whatever new coach comes in and changes everything.
But for Vanderbilt, beating Tennessee is always going to be a big deal, and it’ll make a painfully disappointing season look that much better.
The Vols haven’t won an SEC game, with the lone bright spots this season after the Hail Mary loss to Florida came against UMass and Southern Miss. The last two weeks against Missouri and LSU? 80-27.
Meanwhile, Vanderbilt’s defense has gone bye-bye, allowing 89 points over the last two games against Kentucky and Missouri, as it also hasn’t won an SEC game.
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
Tennessee’s run defense has been a problem, but for one week, it’s going to catch a break.
Vanderbilt still can’t run the ball a lick. The passing game has taken over at times, but when the Commodores are doing what they’re supposed to, they’re relying on the defense and cranking things up on the ground.
The offense has come up with just four 100-yard games on the year, failing to do anything against Kentucky and Missouri last week, and going under 75 yards seven times.
Outside of the opener against Georgia Tech, Tennessee hasn’t lost when it held teams to under 150 yards on the ground, and is 0-7 when allowing more.
One Reason Why Vanderbilt Will Win
Tennessee really, really can’t get the chains moving, converting just 31% of the third down tries.
Why? Like Vanderbilt, there’s no running game, even with John Kelly doing what he can to keep things moving. The Vols have only hit the 100-yard mark on the ground three times in the last seven games, getting dominated by LSU last week with just 38 yards – the O line couldn’t block the Tigers.
Vandy doesn’t have the pass rush or the talent up front LSU does, but it’s not bad at getting into the backfield. It might not be consistent, but there’s just enough pressure coming to slow down the mediocre attack.
What’s Going To Happen
Tennessee will finally get that SEC win.
It’s the miserable rushing offense vs. the horrible run defense, but the big difference will be a Tennessee punting game that will keep the field tilted. Field position will mean everything, and so will mistakes.
Vanderbilt’s punting game is awful, the defense doesn’t do enough to take the ball away, and finally, the Vols will have a few breaks they’ll be able to take advantage of to end the season without getting shut out in conference play.
Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Prediction
Tennessee 23, Vanderbilt 17
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