If ever there were two programs on opposite ends of the football planet, it was Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Vanderbilt just keeps taking historic steps and polished off Tennessee 41-18 for its first victory over the Vols in Nashville in 30 years. What’s more, the Commodores closed out the SEC season with a 5-3 record, the first time since 1935 that they’ve won five SEC games.
James Franklin, in his second season as coach, has this program soaring to unprecedented heights.
On the other side of the field Saturday was a beaten down Tennessee team with a coach, Derek Dooley, who could be out as soon as Sunday or Monday. His fate was already sealed, but with the Vols doomed to their third straight losing season, it's just a matter of when the announcement goes down.
The Vols (4-7, 0-7) now know the meaning of rock bottom. They’ve lost 14 of their past 15 SEC games and have given up 37 or more points in all seven SEC losses.
All you really need to know about this game is that the Commodores (7-4, 5-3) stepped off the gas pedal for the final part of the fourth quarter or this one could have been a lot worse.
Vanderbilt will now have a chance to win its eighth game next week at Wake Forest. The Commodores last won eight games in 1982.