Nov 23, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) passes the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Volunteers' struggles mirror that of Kentucky Wildcats


While the Kentucky Wildcats were getting walloped by the Georgia Bulldogs this past weekend, the Tennessee Volunteers lost in heart-breaking fashion at home on Senior Day, as their in-state rivals came into Knoxville and pulled off a last-minute win that will once again knock the Vols out of postseason contention.

After leading the Vanderbilt Commodores for much of the game, the Vols allowed Vandy to go 92 yards on 12 plays and backup quarterback Patton Robinette rushed for a 5 yard touchdown run with 16 seconds left in the game, and Tennessee dropped to  4-7 on the year and cannot make it to a bowl game now.

For the third-straight season, the Kentucky Wildcats will play the Vols with neither team making it to a bowl game. This, after both programs went to a combined nine bowl games in a 5-year span.

It’s a clear sign that both programs have fallen on hard times, and in the SEC, it’s unlikely that both of them will be able to rise up the SEC hierarchy and consistently win 6+ games per year going forward. That makes Saturday’s game against the Vols that much more important.

The winner of that game will have some nice momentum going into the offseason, and with both programs having top-10 recruiting classes going into the offseason, a win Saturday will help ensure there are no defections.



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