NASHVILLE, Tenn. Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin might downplay Saturday's game at Tennessee by claiming it has not yet reached the status of a true rivalry.
That's because Tennessee has dominated Vandy by posting an overall record of 73-29-5 in the series, dating back to 1892, including a stretch of perfect dominance (1982-2005).
But growing up in Nashville and prepping at nearby Montgomery Bell Academy before becoming a four-year offensive line starter at Vanderbilt, senior left tackle Wesley Johnson and his family all Vanderbilt fans know what it means for the Commodores to beat Tennessee like it did last year for only the second time since 1982.
"I am hearing it from everybody, from family to friends, and it comes from all directions," Johnson said of the upcoming 109th meeting between Vanderbilt (6-4) and Tennessee (4-6).
With last Saturdays win over Kentucky, Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible for a school-record third straight year, while the Vols need to beat th...