Vols looking to pull upset against Hokies

For Lane Kiffin this season has been all about getting his team noticed on a national level. The Volunteers will get that opportunity here Thursday night in Atlanta as the Volunteers take on the No. 11 BCS Nationally ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. What better way to end 2009 than with a key signature win for Kiffin and company. Go "Inside" this preview of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

When Tennessee takes the field tonight against the No. 11 BCS rated Virginia Tech Hokies the Volunteers are definitely the underdogs.

First year Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin realizes that he and his team will have its hands full against a team that is trying to win its 10th game of the year for the sixth straight year.

"Every since this match up was announced we knew we had our hands full," Kiffin said earlier this week. "We are looking at this game as a BCS type match up, that's how good this Virginia Tech team is."

The Vols enter the game on a 4 out of five winning streak and with a 7-5 overall record and a second place finish in the SEC East.

Virginia Tech enters the 7:30 p.m. nationally televised match up with a 9-3 overall record. The Hokies losses coming to Alabama, Georgia Tech and North Carolina. The Hokies have won their last four ballgames.

"It's all about how a team finishes," Frank Beamer said this week. "Both teams finished the season well heading into this great ball game. Our fans have wanting this match up for a long time, it should be a great game."

Tennessee leads the all time series between the two ball clubs with a 5-2 record dating back to 1896. The Vols are 2-0 vs. the Hokies in neutral site games and 1-0 in bowl games.

Beamer realizes what is at stake when his team enters the contest as the favorites.

"Ten wins would be a great accomplishment for this team and this group of seniors," Beamer admitted. "It's not going to come easy. This is a great Tennessee ball club and we are going to have our hands full finding a way to win the game."

The last time these two teams met was in the 1994 Gator Bowl, the Volunteers won in convincing fashion 45-23.

Both Beamer and Kiffin were very complimentary towards each other team and often sounded like friendly politicians when they discussed the game.

While Tennessee is coming into the game as underdogs, what a better way to end Kiffin's inaugural season in Knoxville with a signature win over a nationally ranked team?

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