SEC Football Preview: Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt-Football Game Preview

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

By 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Tennessee

Date Opponent Time TV Result
9/1 vs. Ball State 7:00 PM ET SECN W 59 – 10
9/10 at Pittsburgh 3:30 PM ET ABC W 34 – 27
9/17 vs. Akron 7:00 PM ET ESP+ W 63 – 6
9/24 vs. Florida 3:30 PM ET CBS W 38 – 33
10/8 at LSU 12:00 PM ET ESPN W 40 – 13
10/15 vs. Alabama 3:30 PM ET CBS W 52 – 49
10/22 vs. UT Martin 12:00 PM ET SECN W 65 – 24
10/29 vs. Kentucky 7:00 PM ET ESPN W 44 – 6
11/5 at Georgia 3:30 PM ET CBS L 13 – 27
11/12 vs. Missouri 12:00 PM ET CBS W 66 – 24
11/19 at South Carolina 7:00 PM ET ESPN L 38 – 63
11/26 at Vanderbilt 7:30 PM ET SECN

Vanderbilt

Date Opponent Time TV Result
8/27 at Hawaii 10:30 PM ET CBSS W 63 – 10
9/3 vs. Elon 7:00 PM ET ESP+ W 42 – 31
9/10 vs. Wake Forest 12:00 PM ET SECN L 25 – 45
9/17 at Northern Illinois 3:30 PM ET CBSS W 38 – 28
9/24 at Alabama 7:30 PM ET SECN L 3 – 55
10/8 vs. Ole Miss 4:00 PM ET SECN L 28 – 52
10/15 at Georgia 3:30 PM ET SECN L 0 – 55
10/22 at Missouri 4:00 PM ET SECN L 14 – 17
11/5 vs. South Carolina 7:30 PM ET SECN L 27 – 38
11/12 at Kentucky 12:00 PM ET SECN W 24 – 21
11/19 vs. Florida 12:00 PM ET SECN W 31 – 24
11/26 vs. Tennessee 7:30 PM ET SECN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Tennessee Vanderbilt
ESPN FPI ## ##
Sagarin ## ##
Massey Composite ## ##
PiRate Ratings ## ##

KEY STATS (PER GAME)

Stat Tennessee Vanderbilt
Scoring Offense 46.5 26.8
Scoring Defense 25.6 34.2
Total Offense 540.4 355.7
Rushing Offense 191.5 161.1
Passing Offense 348.8 194.6
Team Passing Eff. 184.8 133.7
Total Defense 411.9 456.6
Rushing Defense 108.5 153.5
Pass Yards Allowed 303.4 303.2
Team Pass Eff. Def. 138.2 160.6
Turnover Margin 0.73 0.00
3rd Down Conv. Pct 0.452 0.390
4th Down Conv. Pct 0.667 0.440
3rd Down Conv. % Def. 0.357 0.417
4th Down Conv. % Def. 0.538 0.417
Red Zone Offense 0.933 0.909
Red Zone Defense 0.804 0.833
Net Punting 37.6 40.2
Punt Returns 13.7 4.7
Kickoff Returns 19.8 20.8
First Downs Offense 294 193
First Downs Defense 256 240
Penalties/Game 8.3 5.2
Penalty Yards/Game 69.6 44.8

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tennessee

QB Hendon Hooker, LB Jeremy Banks, P Paxton Brooks, RB Jabari Small, WR Cedric Tillman, TE Jacob Warren, OL Darnell Wright, C Cooper Mays, DL Byron Young, DB Trevon Flowers.

Vanderbilt

QB Mike Wright, TE Ben Bresnahan, LB Anfernee Orji, DL Nate Clifton, OL Bradley Ashmore, DB Jaylen Mahoney, P Matthew Hayball, LS Wesley Schelling.

INJURIES

Tennessee

[QB] Hendon Hooker (Leg) – Questionable
[DB] Warren Burrell (Upper Body) – Out
[RB] Len’Neth Whitehead (Upper Body) – Out

Vanderbilt

[QB] AJ Swann (Lower Body) – Questionable
[RB] Chase Gillespie (Undisclosed) – Out
[WR] Daveon Walker (Undisclosed) – Out
[LB] Miles Capers (Knee) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Football Series History

Tennessee leads 78-29

COMMENTS

This is another one where one team got off to a hot start and the other did not. Vandy has picked up two SEC wins in the last two weeks. Meanwhile, Tennessee has losses in two of their last three games. With Hendon Hooker hobbling around, my, how expectations change quickly. Talk show hosts are predicting that Vanderbilt win beat the Vols. Remember, though, Hendon Hooker is just one player among over 100. Yes, Vandy could win this game but I expect that Vols will be able to figure out a way to beat Vandy.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Tennessee 40, Vanderbilt 20

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Tennessee 28, Vanderbilt 27

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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