UT, Vandy set for 12:30 kickoff

The Southeastern Conference announced Monday that Tennessee's Nov. 19 contest against Vanderbilt is being televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports as part of a split telecast and kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. The game marks Tennessee's third appearance on the SEC's regional broadcast network this season.

The Vols lead the all-time series 67-26-5 heading into the 99th meeting. Tennessee has won 22 consecutive games against their cross-state rival -- the second-longest active winning streak in Division I-A -- and 14 straight inside Neyland Stadium. Vanderbilt's last win in the series was by a 28-21 count in 1982 at Nashville. The Commodores last won in Knoxville 17-14 in 1975.

JP Sports' other telecast is Kentucky at Georgia to selected parts of the Southeast with a 12:30 p.m. Eastern time kickoff. CBS Sports has Alabama at Auburn beginning at 2:30 p.m. Central time and either ESPN or ESPN2 will show LSU at Mississippi beginning at 6:45 p.m. Central.

BOWL HOPES AT STAKE

Tennessee's drive for a 2005 bowl game begins in earnest Saturday when the Vols host Memphis. UT stands 3-5 and must win its last three games to qualify for its 17th consecutive bowl appearance.

The Vols' bowl run is the third-longest active streak behind only Michigan's 30 in a row and Florida State's 23.

Tennessee has lost four straight since an Oct. 1 win over Mississippi, but all four games have been tight entering the fourth quarter. UT trailed Georgia by six, Alabama by three, led South Carolina by five and was tied with Notre Dame. And four of Tennessee's five losses this season have come to teams ranked in the top eight nationally at the time of the game.

"Our kids have fought hard and played some tough teams," head coach Phillip Fulmer said before Monday's practice. "We look forward to these last three. Right now our whole focus is on a Memphis team that we realize is going to play its rear off against us. We need to play our rears off and get back in the right column."

Tickets priced at $45 apiece are available for Tennessee's final two home games, either by visiting the Thompson-Boling Arena ticket office, calling 656-1200 locally and (800) 332-VOLS (8657) outside the Knoxville area, or by accessing the utsports.com Web site.

INJURY REPORT (Memphis Week): Probable -- LB James Turner (knee); Questionable -- C Richie Gandy (knee), WR Chris Hannon (knee), DT Turk McBride (ankle), TB Ja'Kouri Williams (knee); Doubtful -- DE Xavier Mitchell (shoulder); Out -- Jerod Mayo (knee).


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