Written by: Paul Bristol (@PaulBristol1)
Once again, Volnation is left with the timeless question…
Is Tennessee going bowling?
This roller coaster of a season has left the Vols with five wins and two games left to play.
The opponents remaining on the Vols’ schedule have been giving Tennessee fits within this decade.
Kentucky, who Tennessee defeated in Neyland, was coming off of their second loss of the season against the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs and they are folding in the month of November once again.
Since head coach Mark Stoops was hired on at Kentucky, the month of November has not been kind to him. Stoops and the Wildcats have lost 17 out of the 22 games towards the back end of the regular season.
The Wildcats have not beaten Tennessee in Neyland since 1984. Despite being ranked 11th entering Neyland Stadium last week, the Vols were able to shut them down 24-7, putting them closer to bowl eligibility.
The Vanderbilt Commodores have been doing their best Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde impersonation after starting out the year strong with two blow out wins over MTSU and Nevada.
However Vanderbilt and head coach Derek Mason have lost four out of the last five games them have played in 2018.
The team left on the Vols’ schedule that Tennessee does not hold a winning record over is the Missouri Tigers.
Missouri made their first appearance in the Southeastern Conference in the year 2012. The Tigers recorded two SEC wins that year. One of their two wins came against Tennessee in a nail biter, with a score of 51-48, in Knoxville.
Since then, Missouri has a winning record of 4-2 over the Vols and they have won two out of the four games in Knoxville.
Drew Lock arguably played his best game of the season against the Florida Gators in the swamp.
He completed 24 of his 32 passing attempts and threw for 250 yards.
Last week, Missouri went to Nashville and defeated Vanderbilt in a close game, 33-28.
The Vols were able to defeat Kentucky last week to get to five wins. They will be bowl bound if they win one of their final two games, but Missouri poses a tough test for UT.
If they can’t get it done against the Tigers, Tennessee will have to head down the road to Nashville to pick up their sixth win of the season.