College Football
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Vanderbilt at Tennessee
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

Tennessee seeks its first five-game winning streak and eight-victory campaign since 2007 when it hosts in-state rival Vanderbilt on Saturday, wrapping up a regular season which revealed that the Volunteers appear close to joining the SEC's elite. Tennessee's four losses - by a combined 17 points - came against teams who are a combined 36-8, including two of the top four in the College Football Playoff in No. 2 Alabama (19-14) and No. 3 Oklahoma (31-24 in double overtime).

That's life in the big time, though, prompting coach Butch Jones to tell reporters: "Every day you get up, and it’s fourth-and-1 for the national championship." The Volunteers boast a rushing attack that produces 213.7 yards per game - their highest average since 1994 - and is led by Jalen Hurd (10 touchdowns), who became the first sophomore in school history (18th overall) to rush for 1,000 yards in a season after going for 151 in last week's 19-8 victory at Missouri. Vanderbilt averages 14 points per game - last among the 127 FBS teams - and 11.1 in SEC contests after last week's 25-0 loss to Texas A&M. "It hurts," sophomore running back Ralph Webb told reporters. "We're supposed to score points. Obviously, something's not going right if we're not scoring points."

TV: 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: Tennessee -17.5

ABOUT VANDERBILT (4-7, 2-5 SEC): Webb (five touchdowns) became the fifth player in school history to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season (1,003), with 79 coming against Texas A&M. Despite their struggling offense, the Commodores boast the No. 14 scoring defense in the nation at 18.1 points allowed per game, but good for only fifth in the SEC. Sophomore linebacker Zach Cunningham is seventh in the SEC with 93 tackles while forcing four fumbles (tied for second in SEC) and recovering three (first) despite not starting until Week 3 while his 16.5 tackles for loss rank as the third-highest total for a season in school history.

ABOUT TENNESSEE (7-4, 4-3): Junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs (59.7 completion rate, 13 touchdown passes, five interceptions) is also a big part of the running game (530 yards, eight touchdowns) along with sophomore running back Alvin Kamara (546, six). Sophomore defensive back Evan Berry leads the nation by averaging 39.6 yards per kickoff return and is one of four players in the nation to bring back three for touchdowns. The Volunteers have the nation's No. 25 scoring defense at 20.5 points and features junior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (team-best 96 tackles, four sacks) and sophomore defense end Derek Barnett (seven sacks).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Webb is 191 yards shy of breaking the school record for rushing yards in a season set by Zac Stacy in 2011.

2. Berry (39.55) is pursuing the NCAA record of 40.08 yards per kickoff return set by BYU's Paul Allen in 1961.

3. Tennessee, which is Vanderbilt's most-frequent opponent, leads the series 74-30-5 after Dobbs rushed for two touchdowns in a 24-17 victory last year. That snapped a two-game winning streak for the Commodores - their longest since a six-game run ended in 1926.

PREDICTION: Tennessee 28, Vanderbilt 10
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Vanderbilt 4-7 L1 14.0 18.1 3-3 1-4 0-2 1-1 2-5
Tennessee 7-4 W4 32.6 20.5 5-2 2-2 6-4 0-0 4-3
Last Meeting
Vanderbilt Tennessee
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/29/14 TENN 24 VAN 17 272 123 149 262 170 92
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Vanderbilt P. Robinette 50.0 131 1 2
Tennessee J. Dobbs 55.0 92 0 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Vanderbilt R. Webb 16 55 3.4 1
Tennessee J. Dobbs 21 91 4.3 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Vanderbilt S. Scheu 3 62 20.7 1
Tennessee P. Howard 5 55 11.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Vanderbilt S. Scheu 1
Tennessee J. Dobbs 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Vanderbilt J. McCrary 54.7 1533 6 12
Tennessee J. Dobbs 59.7 1985 13 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Vanderbilt R. Webb 256 1003 3.9 5
Tennessee J. Hurd 234 1035 4.4 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Vanderbilt T. Sherfield 45 574 12.8 2
Tennessee J. Malone 29 388 13.4 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Vanderbilt R. Webb 7
Tennessee J. Hurd 12
Quickchart Matchup
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Off vs  Tennessee Tennessee Def
Vanderbilt 319.5 yards
Tennessee 367.9 yards
Vanderbilt 3.6 yards/rush
Tennessee 4.2 yards/rush
Vanderbilt 5.4 yards/attempt
Tennessee 6.5 yards/attempt
Tennessee Tennessee Off vs  Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Def
Tennessee 413.4 yards
Vanderbilt 334.8 yards
Tennessee 4.6 yards/rush
Vanderbilt 3.7 yards/rush
Tennessee 6.9 yards/attempt
Vanderbilt 6.3 yards/attempt