Vanderbilt came to town to finish out the regular season Saturday night. The finale also called for a celebration of the seniors. This group of seniors have been through so much for this program and deserved to leave Neyland with a bang. They have laid the foundation for the future success of this program. While it wasn’t the overwhelming score we had hoped for, it was a win none the less. Without a doubt, the future is bright for Tennessee.
Tennessee’s Freshman stole the show
It seemed the storms made it difficult to throw the ball, that or Guarantano just couldn’t figure it out. But this also leaves the door open for an explosive run game. And explosive it was. I talked throughout the season how this group of Freshmen had a huge impact. Eric Gray had to throw is name in there before the season wraps up. It started with a 56-yard TD, then a 94-yard TD, and finally a 4-yard TD for the cherry on top. Not only did he double his season total yards in this game alone, but also set a record
The Vols still own Tennessee
Now a Vanderbilt fan would leave you to believe that they are Tennessee’s premiere team. This due mostly to the lopsided victories over the last 3 years. But what they won’t tell you is that Tennessee still owns the series 76-33. I firmly believe that if weather were better conditions, Guarantano, Callaway, and Jennings would have been poised to have another career game. They say that history repeats itself, I think this is history beginning another 20+ win streak against Tennessee’s little brother.
One last ride
As you all know, the Vols could have lost this game and still been bowl eligible. Finishing out the season with a 7-5 record, finishing 3rd in the SEC East, the Vols can expect a bid from a decent bowl. Here are some bowl games that I have seen thrown around the most:
- Gator Bowl
- Tax Slayer Bowl
- Belk Bowl
- Music City Bowl
While competition in Neyland is done for the 2019 season, there is still one chapter left to write. There is still one opportunity for these seniors to show out for the program. Where do you think we’ll end up? And now that the regular season is over, how do you feel about the program moving forward?
Either way, things are looking up for Pruitt and Tennessee!