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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Upset special: Tennessee over Vanderbilt

By Mark Schlabach

Tennessee is a disappointing 4-6, 0-6 in the SEC, the first time it has lost six conference games since 1962. Things are going so bad in Knoxville that the Volunteers are actually an underdog to Vanderbilt in Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium. It's only the second time in 26 seasons that the Commodores are favored to defeat UT. In 2008, Vanderbilt was favored to win in former Vols' coach Phillip Fulmer's final season. Tennessee won that game 20-10. The Volunteers will win this time, too, and they'll defeat Kentucky next week to become bowl-eligible with a 6-6 record. Vols quarterback Tyler Bray might return from a broken thumb, which sidelined him for the past five games, but UT will win with its defense. There's more pressure on the Commodores, who will have to win at Tennessee or at Wake Forest next week to become bowl-eligible.