It's Football Time in Tennessee: Vols vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Preview (11/25/23)
Vanderbilt (NR, 2-9, 0-7) was off last week. Yes, they took week 12 of a 13 week season off. Vandy lost the week prior to South Carolina, 47-6.
Previously on Vols vs. 'Dores: Tennessee ran for 375 yards and 6 TDs en route to beating Vandy 56-0 on a rainy night in Nashville last November.
Tennessee holds a 79-32-5 lead in the all time series, which includes my favorite Vol football statistic: since 1928, Tennessee has shut out Vandy 21 times. Vandy has beaten Tennessee 14 times. Historically, Vanderbilt is 150% more likely to just not score any points than they are to beat the Vols.
Five Factor Preview:
Tennessee Offense vs. Vanderbilt Defense
Tennessee Defense vs. Vanderbilt Offense
Vanderbilt Offensive Concepts:
Extraneous: There's a lot of reasons to believe Vanderbilt doesn't take their football program seriously: the construction site they've forced visiting teams to play in all season; the lack of support from students, alumni, and the surrounding community; and the overall dismal historical record of the program, to name a few. But who schedules a bye in week 12 of the season? Even though it's true that VU gained an extra week off due to playing Hawaii in week 0, the timing of that extra week off is bizarre. Vandy will close the season playing just four games in the last six weeks. It's like the schedule was made by some admin who's never seen a college football game--and knowing Vanderbilt, that's likely the case. It's an unserious move made by an unserious program.
In other words, same old Vandy.