Preview: Tennessee at Vanderbilt

When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 26, 2016
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee


Tennessee fell just short of its goal of winning the SEC East Division title and advancing to the conference championship game, but the Volunteers have a couple of nice consolation prizes to play for when they travel Saturday to in-state Vanderbilt. A victory could keep the Volunteers in line for a berth in the Sugar Bowl, and beating the Commodores would provide Tennessee the in-state bragging rights Vanderbilt has earned two of the past four years.

“I think we are the most hated team they play,” Tennessee offensive lineman Brett Kendrick told reporters Tuesday in describing the rivalry between the two schools separated by only 179 miles. The Volunteers have won three in a row and are arguably the hottest offense in the nation in November, averaging 55.7 points per game this month. There is plenty on the line for Vanderbilt, too, as the Commodores seek to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013 - and there is nobody they would rather beat for that sixth victory than Tennessee. “This opportunity would really cement exactly what we’ve been able to do in terms of building culture,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason told reporters Tuesday.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: Tennessee -7.5

ABOUT TENNESSEE (8-3, 4-3 SEC): The Volunteers’ hopes of a division title or reaching the playoffs expired during a three-game losing streak to end October, but Tennessee has outscored opponents 167-73 during the past three games. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs leads the SEC in passing touchdowns (24) and points responsible for (204), passing for six touchdowns and rushing for four in the past two weeks. Defensive end Derek Barnett has 11 sacks this season and 31 for his career, one away from matching Reggie White’s school career record.

ABOUT VANDERBILT (5-6, 2-5 SEC): The Commodores sat at 2-4 before upsetting Georgia on the road, starting a stretch during which Vanderbilt won three of five, nearly sprung a huge upset at Auburn and routed Ole Miss last week. Running back Ralph Webb is fourth in the SEC in rushing (1,058 yards) and needs 27 yards Saturday to break Zac Stacy’s career school record. Linebacker Zach Cunningham is one of the better defenders in the nation, leading the SEC with 109 tackles and is the first Vanderbilt player since 2000 to record 100-plus tackles in consecutive seasons.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Vanderbilt is last in the SEC in total offense, averaging 336.5 yards per game. 

2. The Volunteers have averaged 313 rushing yards over the past three weeks, scoring 40 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time since 1995.

3. Tennessee has won 31 of the past 34 meetings with Vanderbilt and is 15-1 in Nashville since 1983.

PREDICTION: Tennessee 44, Vanderbilt 38

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Tennessee 8-3 W3 36.5 27.8 6-1 2-2 8-3 0-0 4-3
Vanderbilt 5-6 W1 21.5 21.5 3-2 2-4 1-3 0-0 2-5

Last Meeting

Tennessee Vanderbilt
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/28/15 VAN 28 TENN 53 523 331 192 411 202 209

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TENN J. Dobbs 61.9 140 2 0
VAN K. Shurmur 44.1 209 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TENN J. Hurd 19 120 6.3 1
VAN R. Webb 21 149 7.1 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TENN A. Kamara 2 52 26.0 0
VAN T. Sherfield 6 85 14.2 1
TDs Player TD
TENN V. Pearson 2
VAN D. Rivers 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TENN J. Dobbs 60.0 2315 24 12
VAN K. Shurmur 55.6 1835 7 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TENN J. Dobbs 126 660 5.2 9
VAN R. Webb 208 1058 5.1 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TENN J. Malone 38 731 19.2 9
VAN C. Duncan 37 433 11.7 0
TDs Player TD
TENN J. Dobbs 10
VAN R. Webb 10

Quickchart Matchup

Tennessee Off vs  Vanderbilt Def
430.1 yards
401.3 yards
5.1 yards/rush
4.7 yards/rush
8 yards/attempt
6.9 yards/attempt
Vanderbilt Off vs  Tennessee Def
336.5 yards
446.7 yards
4.2 yards/rush
5.2 yards/rush
6.1 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tennessee Overall Vanderbilt
8-3-0 W/L 5-6-0
5-6-0 ATS 6-5-0
7-4-0 O/U 4-6-1
36.5 Pts For 21.5
27.8 Pts Against 21.5
Tennessee A/H Vanderbilt
2-2 W/L 3-2
2-2-0 ATS 3-2-0
3-1-0 O/U 3-2-0
34.5 Pts For 27.2
31.0 Pts Against 16.8