SEC Football Preview: Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Tennessee-Vanderbilt football Preview

Vanderbilt visits Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville. previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Team Schedules/Results


Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/04 East Tennessee State L 3-23 Home
09/11 Colorado St W 24-21 Away
09/18 Stanford L 23-41 Home
09/25 Georgia L 0-62 Home
10/02 Connecticut W 30-28 Home
10/09 Florida L 0-42 Away
10/16 S Carolina L 20-21 Away
10/23 Miss State L 6-45 Home
10/30 Missouri L 28-37 Home
11/13 Kentucky L 17-34 Home
11/20 Mississippi L 17-31 Away
11/27 Tennessee 3:45 PM Away


Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/02 Bowling Grn W 38-6 Home
09/11 Pittsburgh L 34-41 Home
09/18 TN Tech W 56-0 Home
09/25 Florida L 14-38 Away
10/02 Missouri W 62-24 Away
10/09 S Carolina W 45-20 Home
10/16 Mississippi L 26-31 Home
10/23 Alabama L 24-52 Away
11/06 Kentucky W 45-42 Away
11/13 Georgia L 17-41 Home
11/20 S Alabama W 60-14 Home
11/27 Vanderbilt 3:45 PM Home

College Football Ratings

Rating Vanderbilt Tennessee
ESPN FPI 120 23
Sagarin 143 31
Massey Composite 118 36
PiRate Ratings 114 23

Key Stats

Stat Vanderbilt Tennessee
Points 15.1 36.1
Points Allowed 35.4 29.5
Total YDS 297.7 450.6
Pass YDS 182.5 206.3
Rush YDS 115.2 200.9
Total YDS Allowed 457.7 424.9
Pass YDS Allowed 268.6 259.5
Rush YDS Allowed 189.1 165.4
3rd Down Conv.% 31.1 45.3
3rd Down Conv. DEF % 37.8 47.9
Turnover margin -0.30 0.10

Players to Watch


QB Ken Seals, RB Ja’Veon Marlow, OL Tyler Steen, WR Cam Johnson, WR Amir Abdur-Rahim, WR Chris Pierce, TE Ben Bresnahan, LB Anfernee Orji, DL Raashaan Wilkins, CB Allan George, DB Jaylen Mahoney, S Brendon Harris.


QB Hendon Hooker, WR Velus Jones, OL Cade Mays, OT Darnell Wright, DB Alontae Taylor, S Trevon Flowers, S Jaylen McCollough, LB Juwan Mitchell, DT Matthew Butler, P Paxton Brooks



[RB] 09/21/2021 – Re’Mahn Davis is out for season (Toe)
[S] 11/20/2021 – De’Rickey Wright is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U (Disciplinary)
[QB] 11/11/2021 – Jeremy Moussa has left team (Personal)
[OL] 11/20/2021 – Ben Cox is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U (Undisclosed)
[TE] 11/20/2021 – Justin Ball is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U (Undisclosed)
[QB] 11/23/2021 – Mike Wright has been named the starter Saturday vs Tennessee U (None)


[LB] 10/11/2021 – Juwan Mitchell is out for season (Shoulder)
[DB] 11/20/2021 – Christian Charles is “?” Saturday vs Vanderbilt (Undisclosed)
[G] 11/20/2021 – Cade Mays is “?” Saturday vs Vanderbilt (Leg)
[G] 11/20/2021 – Kingston Harris is “?” Saturday vs Vanderbilt (Undisclosed)
[RB] 11/20/2021 – Len’Neth Whitehead is “?” Saturday vs Vanderbilt (Undisclosed)
[RB] 11/20/2021 – Tiyon Evans is “?” Saturday vs Vanderbilt (Undisclosed)
[WR] 11/20/2021 – JaVonta Payton is “?” Saturday vs Vanderbilt (Upper Body)


Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee Football Series History

Tennessee leads 77-33


Vandy has struggled for the most part his season but the Commodores seem to have improved some over the past few games. A big part of Vandy’s problems this season has been the inability to score a significant amount of points. The lack of a consistent offense has meant the defense stays on the field way too long. If the Commodores can get decent number of sustained drives with some ending in touchdowns then they might be able to at least play the Vols closer. However, The chances of them actually beating Tennessee are pretty remote. The Vols win by at least 3 touchdowns.

Our Preseason Prediction

Tennessee 28, Vanderbilt 13

Game Week Prediction

Tennessee 38, Vanderbilt 10

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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