Vandy ranks 11th, UT 12th in both rushing offense and sacks allowed, so the Commodores rate an ever-so-slight edge
The Dores' Larry Smith is passing for just 118.6 yards per game and completing less than 50 percent of his passes. UT's Tyler Bray is on fire, throwing for an average of 324 yards the past two weeks.
Tauren Poole (836 yards) is having a fine year for the Vols. Vandy's best back, Warren Norman, is sidelined by injury.
Gerald Jones, Denarius Moore and Justin Hunter give Tennessee a fine trio of targets. Tight end Luke Stocker makes the advantage even more pronounced.
Arguably, these are the SEC's two weakest lines. Each team has recorded 18 sacks and neither can stop the run. UT ranks 10th, Vandy 12th among SEC teams in rushing defense.
Vandy's Chris Marve and UT's Nick Reveiz are two of the SEC's most productive tacklers. The supporting casts are a bit shaky, however.
Vanderbilt ranks 11th among SEC teams in pass defense efficiency, allowing foes to complete 63.3 percent of their passes. Tennessee is fifth and allows just 57.1 percent, so the Vols are at least a little more competent.
Vanderbilt has attempted just 6 field goals all year, making 5. UT is 13 of 15 but the Vols rank 11th among SEC schools in kickoff returns (20.2 yards) and punt returns (4.1 yards).
Vanderbilt is at home but there will be more Vol fans in the stands than Commodore fans. Tennessee still has a shot at a bowl bid, which should provide considerable incentive.
The Vols are on a roll, having beaten Memphis and Ole Miss by a combined 102-28 margin. Momentum matters. Tennessee, 45-17
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