Two teams heading in very different directions will face off on Saturday in an exciting SEC battle.
Vanderbilt has won four-straight games and is now bowl-eligible for the second year in a row.
On the other side of the field will be Tennessee, who is reportedly already looking to fire head coach Derek Dooley after a very disappointing year, according to Wes Rucker of 247Sports:
Not a question of "if," but "when" on Dooley. Don't think they'll announce anything until after a Vandy loss or after UK game, win or lose.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) November 11, 2012
Hopefully for the Volunteers, they will be able to look past the distractions and have a successful end to the season.
When: November 17 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Spread: Vanderbilt (-4) via Vegas Insider
Tennessee has won just one conference game in the last two years. However, that win was against the Commodores.
Still, the talent on the roster is not performing on the field. A four-overtime loss to Missouri might have been too demoralizing for the team to recover from.
Vanderbilt should be able to keep its recent momentum and earn the win.
Injury Report via USA Today
DL Trevarris Saulsberry (Knee) Questionable
DL Omari Phillips (Suspension) Out
WR Jacquese Kirk (Undisclosed) Day-to-day
C Spencer Pulley (Undisclosed) Out
What's at Stake?
Vanderbilt has already earned its all-important sixth win and is now just trying to get the best bowl possible. However, the Commodores could prevent Tennessee from reaching the postseason with a win.
The Volunteers already have six losses and need to win two straight to extend the year.
Tennessee Player to Watch: Tyler Bray
After a stretch of 10 interceptions in six games, Tyler Bray seems to finally have turned things around at quarterback. In the last two contests, the junior has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The junior is currently sixth in the nation with 3,216 passing yards but accumulating yards has never been a problem. The key will be to take care of the football throughout the game and not make a mistake that will cost his team.
Otherwise, it will be a long day in Nashville.
Vanderbilt Player to Watch: Jordan Matthews
The Commodores have been inconsistent on offense this year, but they have Jordan Matthews to thank when things go well.
With 1,003 receiving yards on the year, the receiver has almost half of the team's 2,177 yards through the air. Matthews is also currently in the top 15 in the nation in both catches and receiving yards.
He is coming off a big nine-catch, 153-yard performance against Ole Miss last week in a one-point win and Matthews will be needed once again if his team wants to continue its recent streak.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 35, Tennessee 27
Tennessee has given up an average of 37 points per game this season, which is ranked No. 113 in the FBS. The team has not prevented its opponent from scoring at least 38 points in six-straight games.
There is little chance the Volunteers find a way to turn things around on that side of the ball after such a bad stretch of games.
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