Bowl eligibility remains within Vols' grasp

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee can't take bowl invitations for granted anymore.

Although most of Tennessee's preseason goals already are out of reach, the Volunteers (4-6. 0-6 SEC) still could earn the bowl bid that eluded them last season. They must win Saturday at Vanderbilt (6-4, 4-3) and Nov. 24 against Kentucky (1-9, 0-7).

Tennessee stayed home for the holidays and finished 5-7 last year after ending the season with a 10-7 loss to Kentucky, ending the Vols' 26-game winning streak vs. the Wildcats. That disappointment gives them extra incentive this year.

Tennessee hasn't failed to reach a bowl in back-to-back seasons since being left out four consecutive years from 1975-78. If the Vols don't become bowl eligible, they also would have three straight losing seasons for the first time since 1909-11.


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