Tennessee's preseason goal was bowl eligibility, and the Vols cleared that hurdle with six wins. The opportunity for seven would have carried momentum no matter the location or the opponent, but now the Vols have both an ideal destination and an opponent that would become a quality win if Tennessee can get it done.
Tennessee will face West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl on Monday, December 29 at 2:00 PM ET on ESPN. The Mountaineers were 7-5 this season, starting 6-2 with a win over Baylor before a 31-30 loss to TCU became the first of a three game skid, including 33-16 at Texas and 26-20 to Kansas State. They beat Iowa State 37-24 to close the regular season; four of their five losses came to teams ranked in the Top 12 at the time:
- 33-23 vs #2 Alabama (Atlanta)
- 45-33 vs #4 Oklahoma
- 31-30 vs #7 TCU
- 26-20 vs #12 Kansas State