What to know: Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Tennessee Vols rivalry week

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Saturday’s game will be the 117th meeting between the two teams. | Photo by @j.pacileo

Anchor Down or Rocky Top? It’s rivalry week across the college football nation, meaning the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Tennessee Vols will face off at FirstBank Stadium in Nashville on Saturday.

Much like the rivalries between Alabama and Auburn (hey, Iron Bowl) or South Carolina and Clemson (hey, Palmetto Bowl), Vanderbilt and Tennessee have been competitive, in-state rivals since 1892.

Tennessee holds a 78-33-5 lead in the series — meaning the Vols have won 78 games, the Commodores have won 33 games, and there have been five ties (in 1900, 1919, 1927, 1932, and 1974). Here are a few things to know heading into Saturday’s showdown.

  • Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. CT
  • Tickets: The game is officially sold out, according to the university. Tailgate parking lots are also sold out.
  • How to watch: Planning to watch at home? Tune in via the SEC Network.
  • Vanderbilt’s record: 5-6 (2-5 SEC)
  • Tennessee’s record: 9-2 (5-2 SEC)
  • Outlook: Tennessee has won its last three matchups against Vanderbilt, but the ‘Dores are looking to take home the W after winning back-to-back SEC games for the first time since 2018.

Pro tip: FirstBank Stadium observes a clear bag policy.

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