Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt fearless prediction and game preview.
Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 30
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Network: SEC Network
Tennessee (6-5) vs. Vanderbilt (3-8) Game Preview
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Why Vanderbilt Will Win
Can the Commodores get the running game going?
The offense might not be consistent, and it might have had major problems scoring or long, long stretches, but when the ground attack works, the team can usually maintain control.
Vanderbilt is 3-1 when it runs for 150 yards or more – the one loss coming to UNLV – and 0-7 when it doesn’t.
The offensive line has had issues all season long generating any sort of a consistent push, but when it’s able to do the bare minimum, everything else seems to kick in.
In its final game of the year, this is where Vandy has to bust out the O that pounded away on East Tennessee State last week. But …
Why Tennessee Will Win
Beyond Tennessee not being East Tennessee State, the Vol run defense has managed to be terrific against all but the very, very good ground attacks.
Kentucky is doing nothing but running so far, Georgia is Georgia, and Georgia State came up with something out of the blue in the opening game of the year. Those are the only three FBS teams to run for 150 yards or more.
Vanderbilt doesn’t have an efficient enough passing game to make up for the ground attack when it’s not rocking, but the secondary might end up being the bigger problem if the Volunteer passing game stays hot.
Jarrett Guarantano has had his ups and downs this season, but he’s been brilliant over the last few games. He only threw eight passes against Kentucky, but he connected on seven of them with two scores and a few big plays.
Against Missouri last week he threw for 415 yards and two touchdowns. When he’s on, the Vols can rock the deep plays.
Vanderbilt isn’t rocking anything with its passing game.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s a wee bit lost in the fog of the season, but Tennessee is just a few plays away from having a relatively special campaign. Had it been able to pull of those early games against Georgia State and BYU, it would be 8-3 right now and everyone would be gushing.
As it is, it’ll have to settle for being 7-5 and on its way to a bowl game before going into the offseason as a program on the rise. First, it’ll roll past a Vanderbilt team that won’t have enough offense to keep up after the Vols get up early with two quick scoring drives.
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