Tennessee, Vanderbilt set for winner-take-all bowl eligibility showdown

Tennessee, Vanderbilt set for winner-take-all bowl eligibility showdown

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Tennessee, Vanderbilt set for winner-take-all bowl eligibility showdown

KNOXVILLE – Following Missouri’s 50-17 win over Tennessee, Jeremy Pruitt began the process of moving on from the defeat to the Tigers and preparing for Vanderbilt.

“The only thing I can say is that Missouri outcoached us and outplayed us today,” Pruitt said.

Tennessee and Vanderbilt have played 112 times since 1892 with the Vols leading the all-time series 75–32–5.

The in-state series has been close this decade with Tennessee winning in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Vanderbilt defeated UT in 2012, 2013, 2016 and in 2017.

Tennessee (5-6) will travel to Vanderbilt (5-6) for a winner-take-all contest. The winner will become bowl eligible, while the losing team will see their season end.

Last week Pruitt discussed the importance of Tennessee making a bowl game.

“The University of Tennessee is supposed to be in bowl games,” he said. “That’s the expectation here. That’s my expectation, that’s our players expectations.”

After the Missouri game, Pruitt mentioned regrouping from the loss.

“We will have to go back and regroup,” said Pruitt. “We have one more game to play and it’s a game that means a lot to a lot of people around here.”

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