KNOXVILLE — Tennessee (5-6, 2-5 SEC) will travel to Nashville and take on instate Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5 SEC) with a bowl game on the line.
Junior defensive back Baylen Buchanan discussed the winner-take-all bowl berth matchup.
“It is important that we go to a bowl game this year, but we have to focus on this game first and that is where it starts,” Buchanan said.
A championship is out of the picture for Tennessee, but throughout November UT has been playing for pride and an opportunity to extend the season with a bowl appearance.
“I know it means a lot for the people of Knoxville, Vol Nation, the coaches and our team that we win this game this week,” Buchanan said. “I haven’t beaten them (Vanderbilt), so it means a lot for us to win this week.
“I went to a bowl game my freshman year and last year we didn’t go to a bowl game. I’ve seen both sides of it and I’ll tell you that going to a bowl game definitely means a lot more and it is a lot more fun. We just have to execute this week.”