Did I hear that right?
Tennessee vs Missouri
Saturday November 22, 2014 | Neyland Stadium | 7:30 pm | ESPN
The Missouri Tigers are nearing their second consecutive appearance in the SEC Championship game as the conference’s East champion. Last season, the Tigers won their last four contests to make it to Atlanta, beginning with a thrashing of the Vols in Columbia. This season Mizzou has to defeat Tennessee on Saturday night and then dispose of Arkansas to make the title game a reality again.
Tennessee is just trying to get to a bowl game. Any bowl game. One more win of its last two and the Vols will be playing post-season football for the first time in four years.
So it would seem as Saturday’s game under the Neyland Stadium lights would be a one-sided affair for the visitors based on their relative positions heading to the end of the regular season.
But wait… Tennessee is favored by 3 or 4 points depending on the oddsmaker. Did I hear that right?
Apparently I did. But why?
It all comes down to two things: (1) Neyland Stadium, and (2) Josh Dobbs.
The interesting thing about Version 2.0 of Team 118 is that we really don’t know how good they are.
And that is exciting. For now. Because we are going to find out Saturday.
And I say they are pretty good, but perhaps not good enough to keep Mizzou out of Atlanta, but good enough to play some December football (the Vols, barring injury, will roll Vandy).
Missouri 32 Tennessee 27