Vandy's rise adds juice to rivalry with Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says he still doesn't believe the Commodores historically have been competitive enough with Tennessee to make this annual series a legitimate rivalry.
A second straight Vanderbilt victory over the Volunteers (4-6, 1-5 SEC) could change that perception.
Tennessee had won 28 of its last 29 games with Vanderbilt before falling 41-18 in Nashville last season. Vanderbilt (6-4, 3-4) heads to Neyland Stadium on Saturday seeking its first two-game winning streak over the Vols since the 1920s.
Tennessee must beat Vanderbilt on Saturday and win at Kentucky on Nov. 30 to be eligible for its first bowl bid since 2010. One more loss clinches the Vols' fourth straight losing season, which hasn't happened at Tennessee since 1903-06.
Vanderbilt already is bowl eligible for the third straight year.