A 'Classic' Peach Bowl?

Fans who don't get to see Tennessee and Clemson collide Jan. 2 in the Peach Bowl may have other opportunities. At least one Vol thinks the game could be televised dozens of times during the decades to come.

''I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason,'' senior cornerback Jabari Greer said recently. ''We could be playing in the Peach Bowl because things happened early in the season (losses to Auburn and Georgia) that put us in that position.

''Or we could be playing in the Peach Bowl because that could be the best game of the New Year. Clemson-Tennessee is a game that could be on ESPN Classic 20 or 50 years down the line.''

Whether the game proves to be an ''Instant Classic'' or not, the confrontation between a superb Clemson receiving corps and an exceptional Tennessee secondary should be a classic matchup.

''There's going to be plays made and people flying around,'' Greer says. ''It's going to be a great game.''

The Vols had hoped to earn a BCS bowl bid after achieving a 10-2 record and a No. 6 national ranking. Thus, the Peach Bowl bid was something of a disappointment. Still, a victory would secure an 11-win season and a possible top-five ranking.

''That's an accomplishment I would love to have, an 11-win season,'' Greer says. ''Playing with the type of guys I've played with has been tremendous. The way our guys responded to adversity is a lesson in life.''

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