Tennessee Volunteers vs. Auburn Tigers Complete Game Preview

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Tennessee Volunteers vs. Auburn Tigers Complete Game Preview
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Since they don't play every season, the Tennessee-Auburn football game has lost a bit of the luster it used to carry when the teams were annual rivals.

But recently, this game has been as streaky as UT's rivalry with Alabama. Much like the series against the Tide, the Vols have come out on the short end of the games against AU lately.

UT has lost five consecutive games to Auburn since last winning 24-0 in 1999. Before this current run, the Vols enjoyed a 5-0-1 streak against the Tigers, according to UT's game notes.

During the last meeting in 2009—a 26-22 win by the Tigers in Neyland Stadium—UT's senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton had not yet found the success he'd enjoy during a solid second half of his final season under Lane Kiffin.

Instead, Chris Todd threw for 218 yards, and Ben Tate ran for 128 more as AU handed the Vols a close loss.

Gus Malzahn was a first-year offensive coordinator for that AU team under Gene Chizik. UT coach Butch Jones was in the midst of an 11-2 season at Central Michigan that he would parlay into the Cincinnati job.

A lot of time has passed since then, and these are two completely different teams. Let's take a look at everything you'll need to know.

 

Date: Saturday, Nov. 9

Time: Noon ET

Place: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV: ESPN

Radio: Vol Network, Auburn IMG Sports Network, Sirius Premier/XM Channel 91

Spread: Auburn by 9 points, according to Sportsbook.com

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