The Tennessee Volunteers and Vanderbilt Commodores are heading in different directions as the season winds down.
After their signature win over South Carolina back on Oct. 19, the Vols have lost lopsided contests against top-10 opponents Alabama, Missouri and Auburn. Meanwhile, James Franklin's 'Dores have won two consecutive games and seven straight in November dating back to 2011.
The last time these two in-state rivals met was former UT coach Derek Dooley's final game. He was relieved of his duties following last Nov. 17's 41-18 thumping.
That night's star will be a formidable force for the Vols to face yet again. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews hauled in seven passes for 115 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown. He also scored on a 47-yard end-around.
The Vols must do a much better job containing the edge against Vanderbilt than they did in any of the previous three games.
If the Vols haven't shored up their defense over the bye week, VU will win back-to-back games over UT for the first time since the 1925-26 seasons.
That would be particularly crippling this year. A loss to VU—just like last year—would mean UT sits at home during bowl season again. Beating the rival 'Dores keeps Butch Jones' bowl hopes alive and gives the Vols the opportunity to have a 6-6 season, which would be a major step in the right direction from the Dooley era.
Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming game.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 23
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Place: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville
Radio: Vol Network, NewsTalk 1510 WLAC, VU flagship, Sirius Premiere Channel 128/XM Channel 199
Spread: Tennessee by 3 points, according to Sportsbook.com