KICKOFF: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. EST
SITE: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
UT leads 73-27-5
RECORDS:Tennessee 4-6, 0-6 SEC, Vanderbilt 6-4, 4-3 SEC
— The Vols have five games with 500 or more offensive yards. That is the most since the 1996 squad who surpassed the mark six times.
— The Vols have won 14 consecutive games against the Commodores in Nashville dating back to 1984.
— The 105 meetings between Tennessee and Vanderbilt is the second most of any opponent for the Vols. They have only played Kentucky more at 107 meetings.
— A win over the Dores would mark the 799 win in school history, just one shy of becoming the eighth institution to reach 800 wins.
— UT's win over Vanderbilt in overtime in the 2011 contest marked the 10 win in overtime in school history.
2012 STAT LEADERS:
Tyler Bray — 237-388, 3216 yds., 29 TD/10 INT
Rajion Neal — 134 att., 594 yds., 5 TD
Justin Hunter — 65 catches, 979 yds., 8 TD
Jordan Rodgers — 144-244, 1945 yds., 9 TD/3 INT
Zach Stacy — 144 att., 769 yds., 6 TD
Jordan Matthews — 70 catches, 1003 yds., 5 TD
WHAT A WIN MEANS:
For Tennessee, this is once again another opportunity to get their first SEC win. And really it is an opportunity to save face and stay bowl eligible. When a team is this much of a disappointment you truly do need the bowl practices to improve for 2012. Tennessee needs to beat the Dores, BAD.
For Vanderbilt, this is the perfect time to strike. Tennessee is down and almost out. The Commodores need to deliver the final blow. Emotions will be high after the controversial win in 2012. While the Dores are already bowl eligible this gives them an opportunity to make a statement to higher bowl officials and set themselves up for a nice vacation.