Other SEC teams involved in televised games that weekend are Arkansas at LSU on CBS (Friday at 1:30 p.m. Central), Florida State at Florida on CBS (Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern) and Georgia at Georgia Tech Saturday on either ABC or ESPN. ABC/ESPN has elected to use a six-day option for that game, with possible start times of 3:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. on ABC, or 7:45 p.m. on ESPN. The decision will be made Sunday.
VOLS LOOK TO EXTEND STREAK
Tennessee tries to extend Division I-A's second-longest winning streak over a major opponent in an uninterrupted series when Vanderbilt visits Neyland Stadium Saturday.
The Vols have won the last 22 meetings against their in-state rival, dating to Vanderbilt's 28-21 win in Nashville in 1982. Only Notre Dame?s 42 consecutive wins over Navy, extended this past weekend in South Bend, Ind., stands as a longer series streak in major college football.
"It is a great historic rivalry," said Phillip Fulmer, who grew up in the Middle Tennessee town of Winchester. "I tell the team every year what has gone into the tradition of our games with Vanderbilt. The juniors and seniors can probably recite for the others what I am going to say about it at our team meetings.
"It's important for our players to understand that. There are a lot of other things of importance this week, but the history of Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt is a huge part of the rivalry."
Nebraska owned the second-longest streak active Division I-A streak until earlier this month, having won 36 in a row over Kansas. But that run ended Nov. 5 with a 40-15 Jayhawks' victory in Lawrence, Kan.
Fulmer expects the same type of intensity by the Commodores Saturday.
"It hasn't changed in forever," he said. "We've got to make them match our intensity. We've got to play really, really well."
The Vols also have won the last 14 in a row over Vanderbilt inside Neyland Stadium, dating to VU's 17-14 triumph in 1975.
Tickets remain for Saturday's game, priced at $38. They can be purchased at the Thompson-Boling Arena ticket office, by accessing the UT athletics Web site at utsport.com, or by calling 656-1200 locally or (800) 332-VOLS outside the Knoxville calling area.
INJURY REPORT (Vanderbilt Week): Probable -- OG Cody Douglas (knee); Questionable -- LB Omar Gaither (knee), DT Turk McBride (ankle), LB James Turner (hamstring); Doubtful -- DE Xavier Mitchell (shoulder); Out -- LB Jerod Mayo (knee), TB Ja'Kouri Williams (knee).