SEC Football First Look: Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee

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Tennessee meets Vanderbilt on Saturday in Nashville. Here is a first look at the Tennessee-Vanderbilt matchup.

Tennessee Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 West Virginia [Charlotte] L 40-14
Sept. 8 East Tennessee State W 59-3
Sept. 15 UTEP W 24-0
Sept. 22 Florida L 47-21
Sept. 29 at Georgia L 38-12
Oct. 13 at Auburn W 30-24
Oct. 20 Alabama L 58-21
Oct. 27 at South Carolina L 27-24
Nov. 3 Charlotte W 14-3
Nov. 10 Kentucky W 24-7
Nov. 17 Missouri L 50-17

Vanderbilt Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 Middle Tennessee W 35-7
Sept. 8 Nevada W 41-10
Sept. 15 at Notre Dame L 22-17
Sept. 22 South Carolina L 37-14
Sept. 29 Tennessee State W 31-27
Oct. 6 at Georgia L 41-13
Oct. 13 Florida L 37-27
Oct. 20 at Kentucky L 14-7
Oct. 27 at Arkansas W 45-31
Nov. 10 at Missouri L 33-28
Nov. 17 Ole Miss W 36-29 (OT)

Stat Comparison

Stat Tennessee Vanderbilt
Rushing Offense 131.5 (110) 162.8 (73)
Rushing Offense 201.6 (95) 228.6 (70)
Total Offense 333.1 (119) 391.5 (75)
Scoring Offense 23.6 (105) 26.7 (86)
Rushing Defense 159.5 (60) 194.9 (96)
Passing Defense 209.8 (47) 241.1 (82)
Total Defense 369.3 (47) 436.0 (98)
Scoring Defense 27.0 (66) 26.2 (58)
Interceptions 9 (59) 11 (36)
Sacks 2.00 (71) 1.82 (86)
Tackles for loss 5.5 (85) 4.9 (101)
Turnover margin 0.00 (71) 0.64 (22)

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& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

Tennessee Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
11/19/18 WR Marquez Callaway Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Vanderbilt
11/18/18 QB Jarrett Guarantano Head is "?" Saturday vs Vanderbilt
10/25/18 OL Trey Smith Lung is out indefinitely
10/15/18 LB Jonathan Kongbo ACL is out for season
09/05/18 OL Brandon Kennedy ACL is out for season

Vanderbilt Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
11/10/18 LB Charles Wright Leg is out indefinitely
11/06/18 S Zaire Jones Suspension is out for season
09/28/18 WR Cam Johnson Leg is out for season
09/08/18 TE Turner Cockrell Medical is out indefinitely
08/06/18 QB Deuce Wallace Suspension is out for season

Source: DonBest.com

Challenges for Tennessee

The Vols need to have their defense ready for Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur who has torched UT throughout his career. Vandy RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn is one of the top running backs in the SEC.

Challenges for Vanderbilt

Vandy can’t afford to feed an opportunistic UT defense with turnovers and sacks that will setup easy Vol scores. The Commodores haven’t beaten UT three times in a row since the 1920s. They need to stay focused on executing in this game and not be caught counting their chickens before they hatch.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3 pm CT and can be seen on the SEC Network.

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