Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 24
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN
Network: SEC Network
Tennessee (5-6) vs. Vanderbilt (5-6) Game Preview
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
Vanderbilt just can’t stop teams from keeping things moving on third downs.
The D doesn’t generate enough big plays behind the line, and it can be powered on in key moments and drives. When the Commodores allow 200 yards or more on the ground, they’re 1-6. When they give up fewer, they’re 4-0.
Okay, so the Tennessee running game isn’t amazing, but it powered for 215 yards against Kentucky a few weeks ago in the stunning win. The offense might not be anything special, but it can control the clock at times, it’s not awful at moving the chains, and it’s getting big performances out of different players at interesting times.
Keep the Commodores out of the backfield and hold up on the lines, and Vols can do this.
One Reason Why Vanderbilt Will Win
The running game is working.
It’s not Alabama on the ground, but it’s been able to come up with close to 200 yards in each of the last three games to balance out the attack. Kyle Shurmur has been a good veteran, but when the running game works, everything else flows from there.
Vandy is 5-1 when coming up with 175 yards or more on the ground, and the Vol defensive front is getting hit too easily, allowing 200 rushing yards or more in five of the last eight games. When Tennessee allows two bills or more, it’s 0-5.
And again, Shurmur can throw, too.
The offensive balance should be there at home from the start, and Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano is banged up.
What’s Going To Happen
If you haven’t figured it out … the better running team will win.
The Commodores have the stronger, more consistent offense that can to a bit more, but the Vols have the ability to rise up and rock – witness the Kentucky game – in a low-scoring battle.
The winner goes bowling, and the loser is done.
Tennessee will get a good enough performance out of its offensive line to overcome the bad day against Missouri to survive in an entertaining game …
And neither running game will be that great.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 20
Line: Vanderbilt -3.5, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1
Must See Rating: 3
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