SEC Football Preview: Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Vanderbilt-Tennessee Football Game Preview

Vanderbilt faces Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Vanderbilt

26-Aug vs. Hawaii W 35 – 28
2-Sep vs. Alabama A&M W 47 – 13
9-Sep at Wake Forest L 20 – 36
16-Sep at UNLV L 37 – 40
23-Sep vs. Kentucky L 28 – 45
30-Sep vs. Missouri L 21 – 38
7-Oct at Florida L 14 – 38
14-Oct vs. Georgia L 20 – 37
28-Oct at Ole Miss L 7 – 33
4-Nov vs. Auburn L 15 – 31
11-Nov at South Carolina L 6 – 47
25-Nov at Tennessee

Tennessee

2-Sep vs. Virginia* W 49 – 13
9-Sep vs. Austin Peay W 30 – 13
16-Sep at Florida L 16 – 29
23-Sep vs. UTSA W 45 – 14
30-Sep vs. South Carolina W 41 – 20
14-Oct vs. Texas A&M W 20 – 13
21-Oct at Alabama L 20 – 34
28-Oct at Kentucky W 33 – 27
4-Nov vs. Connecticut W 59 – 3
11-Nov at Missouri L 7 – 36
18-Nov vs. Georgia L 10 – 38
25-Nov vs. Vanderbilt

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Vanderbilt Tennessee
ESPN FPI 103 17
Sagarin 119 17
Massey Composite 113 23
PiRate Ratings 92 21

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Tennessee
Vanderbilt
39
112
6
13
0.427
0.338
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
70
120
9
14
0.394
0.467
4th Down Conversion Pct Tennessee
Vanderbilt
121
123
12
13
0.312
0.296
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
3
125
1
14
0.227
0.714
Blocked Kicks Tennessee
Vanderbilt
7
22
2
4
3
2
Blocked Kicks Allowed Tennessee
Vanderbilt
1
45
1
8
0
1
Blocked Punts Vanderbilt
Tennessee
2
17
1
3
2
1
Blocked Punts Allowed Tennessee
Vanderbilt
1
73
1
10
0
1
Completion Percentage Tennessee
Vanderbilt
43
115
10
14
0.638
0.547
Defensive TDs Tennessee
Vanderbilt
4
22
2
4
4
2
Fewest Penalties Vanderbilt
Tennessee
13
125
2
14
49
88
Fewest Penalties Per Game Vanderbilt
Tennessee
13
126
2
14
4.45
8.00
Fewest Penalty Yards Vanderbilt
Tennessee
12
122
1
14
427
745
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Vanderbilt
Tennessee
12
124
1
14
38.82
67.73
First Downs Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
54
102
9
14
211
238
First Downs Offense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
59
118
7
14
228
182
Fumbles Lost Tennessee
Vanderbilt
59
76
11
13
6
7
Fumbles Recovered Tennessee
Vanderbilt
79
114
3
12
5
3
Kickoff Return Defense Vanderbilt
Tennessee
90
97
8
10
21.36
22.11
Kickoff Returns Vanderbilt
Tennessee
62
94
8
11
20.42
18.25
Net Punting Vanderbilt
Tennessee
5
19
1
5
43.73
41.44
Passes Had Intercepted Tennessee
Vanderbilt
11
105
3
14
5
12
Passes Intercepted Vanderbilt
Tennessee
14
42
1
6
12
10
Passing Offense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
58
68
8
10
232.9
223.3
Passing Yards Allowed Tennessee
Vanderbilt
87
121
10
14
235.5
264.2
Passing Yards per Completion Vanderbilt
Tennessee
46
81
6
10
12.53
11.70
Punt Return Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
6
90
2
11
1.50
10.00
Punt Returns Tennessee
Vanderbilt
12
37
1
8
16.00
10.64
Red Zone Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
95
117
7
13
0.865
0.917
Red Zone Offense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
77
117
11
14
0.818
0.742
Rushing Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
24
108
4
14
117.0
176.0
Rushing Offense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
11
122
2
13
205.7
96.8
Sacks Allowed Tennessee
Vanderbilt
36
80
2
7
1.55
2.27
Scoring Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
39
123
5
14
21.8
35.1
Scoring Offense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
47
96
7
14
30.0
22.7
Tackles for Loss Allowed Tennessee
Vanderbilt
20
70
3
7
4.27
5.73
Team Passing Efficiency Tennessee
Vanderbilt
53
90
10
13
140.03
125.03
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
76
109
6
12
134.61
147.51
Team Sacks Tennessee
Vanderbilt
7
91
2
12
3.09
1.82
Team Tackles for Loss Tennessee
Vanderbilt
5
52
2
9
7.8
5.8
Time of Possession Vanderbilt
Tennessee
111
130
12
14
28:13
23:53
Total Defense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
44
120
5
14
352.5
440.2
Total Offense Tennessee
Vanderbilt
27
109
5
14
438.6
320.1
Turnover Margin Tennessee
Vanderbilt
29
97
4
13
0.36
-0.36
Turnovers Gained Tennessee
Vanderbilt
60
60
5
5
15
15
Turnovers Lost Tennessee
Vanderbilt
19
105
5
14
11
19
Winning Percentage Tennessee
Vanderbilt
36
124
6
14
0.636
0.182

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vanderbilt

QB Ken Seals, RB Chase Gillespie, WR Will Sheppard, OL Julian Hernandez, WR Quincy Skinner Jr., DL Darren Agu, LB Ethan Barr, S De’Rickey Wright, CB BJ Anderson, P Matthew Hayball, LS Wesley Schelling.

Tennessee

QB Joe Milton, RB Jabari Small, WR Bru McCoy, OL Cooper Mays, DT Omari Thomas, LB Aaron Beasley, CB Doneiko Slaughter, K Charles Campbell, P Jackson Ross.

INJURIES

Vanderbilt


Player POS Status
B. Anderson CB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
C. Taylor LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
Y. Outtara DL Ques Sat – Undisclosed
S. Riley S Ques Sat – Undisclosed
G. Carter WR Out indefinitely – Lower Body
E. McAllister WR out for season – Undisclosed
J. Uzebu OL out for season – Lower Body

Tennessee


Player POS Status
D. Thornton Jr. WR out for season – Lower Body
D. Bishop RB Late Nov – Ankle
K. Hadden DB out for season – Shoulder
C. Charles DB Out indefinitely – Ankle
B. McCoy WR out for season – Ankle
K. Garland LB out for season – Undisclosed
K. Pili LB Out indefinitely – Upper Body

Source: Covers.com

Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee Football Series History

Tennessee leads 79-33-5

COMMENTS

There was optimism in air for Vanderbilt football prior to the 2023 season. However, it has turned out to be a disaster. The Commodores can’t defend, can’t score and can’t win. One mind boggling fact that points to the level of ineptitude is that the Commodores are 1-10 against the spread. That’s got to be the worst nationally. Vandy does three things well: They have probably the best punter in the nation. He’s likely to break the all-time record for punt yards in a season (which is good but then again not good). Vandy’s one of leading FBS teams in number of interceptions. They also do well avoiding penalties. They are first in the SEC in the “Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game” stat. Head coach Clark Lea has been given the dreaded vote of confidence by the Vandy admin. Both of Vandy’s coordinators are good men but they are in over their heads. If the offensive and defensive leadership aren’t changed for next season expect more of the same results.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Vanderbilt 17, Tennessee 34

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Tennessee 38, Vanderbilt 13

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 3:30 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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