Tennessee’s final month of games within the Volunteer State will feature a primetime kickoff on the slate’s final regular-season Saturday in what could be for the SEC’s Eastern Division crown.
The Vols (7-3, 3-3) take on the host Vanderbilt Commodores (4-6, 2-5) in a game that traditionally has seen the West End stadium transformed into Neyland West with a flood of orange and a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on SEC Network.
Two years ago, Tennessee eked out a narrow win to secure its first bowl berth under Butch Jones, whose team now is trying to win out and get help this weekend from LSU to make the UT program’s first appearance in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game since 2007.
The Vols blew out the ‘Dores last year in Neyland Stadium, and they are seeking to win three-straight in the intrastate series after losing
consecutive games against Vanderbilt in 2012-13.
The contest next week also is a homecoming of sorts for Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, who was the architect of those Vandy defenses that confused the Vols and resulted in two of the Dores’ most successful seasons of the modern era.