Peach Bowl zeroes in on Vols

More and more, it appears that the Tennessee Vols will be spending the holidays at the Peach Bowl this year.

Former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach and current Peach Bowl representative Leeman Bennett will scout Saturday's Tennessee-Vanderbilt game in Nashville. George Morris also will attend on behalf of the Atlanta-based bowl. The Peach Bowl has scouted just about every UT game lately, and appears to have UT at the top of its list of bowl possibilities.

If the Vols earn a Peach Bowl bid, their opponent will be one of the top teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina State, Maryland and Virginia are the best possibilities. The ACC representative will be announced later this month. The SEC bid will be extended on Dec. 8.

Tennessee last appeared in the Peach Bowl in 1988, tripping Indiana 27-22.

Now in its 35th year, the Peach Bowl will be held on New Year's Eve at the Georgia Dome this year. For ticket information, go to

Tennessee is considered a longshot for the Outback Bowl, which reportedly prefers Florida. The Gators likely would bring a larger delegation of fans to Tampa than the Vols. The Cotton Bowl reportedly is considering a Tennessee-Texas pairing but this appears unlikely to materialize. Vol fans stayed away in droves when the Big Orange played in Dallas two years ago, and the miserable weather conditions that time probably would keep many who made the trek from returning.

So, barring a last-minute surprise, the Vols appear bound for Atlanta.

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