Tennessee will once again be playing under the lights when they take the field again in two weeks.
The SEC announced on Monday that Tennessee’s next game against the Missouri Tigers on November 23rd will kick-off at 7:30 PM Eastern in Columbia, Missouri. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
This upcoming weekend, the Vols will have their second and final bye week of the season after playing six-straight games. Missouri, meanwhile, has to play No. 10 Florida after taking on No. 6 Georgia this past weekend. The Tigers were blasted by the Bulldogs in Athens this past weekend, losing 27-0. Missouri is currently on a three-game losing streak and has been outscored 77-21 in those three games, losing to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Georgia in that span.
Tennessee, meanwhile, will enter next week’s contest on a three-game winning streak and winners of four of their last five games. After starting the season 1-4, the Vols have clawed their way back to .500 at 5-5 with wins over Mississippi State, South Carolina, UAB, and Kentucky. Their only loss over the last month came to then-No. 1 Alabama.
Missouri is 5-0 at home this season and 0-4 on the road. The Vols will be playing the Tigers in Columbia when the two teams square-off, and Tennessee is 1-2 in road games this season.
The Vols’ late night kick-off with Missouri will mark their third-straight nighttime kick-off, and it’ll be the fourth time in the last five games for Tennessee that they’ve kicked off a game at 7:00 PM Eastern or later.
Since joining the SEC in 2012, Missouri has had no trouble beating the Vols. The Tigers won their first three match-ups against Tennessee before UT finally got their first win over Mizzou, a 19-8 victory in Columbia. Tennessee then beat the Tigers 63-37 in 2016. But the Vols have lost two-straight games to Missouri, both by the same score, 50-17. In 2017, Missouri’s blowout win was the final straw for then-AD John Currie, as he fired head coach Butch Jones the next day. Last year’s 50-17 victory for the Tigers came after Tennessee’s impressive 24-7 win over No. 12 Kentucky.
The Vols are 2-5 all-time against Missouri, but UT is 1-1 coming off a bye week in the Jeremy Pruitt era. Last year, Tennessee upset Auburn on the road after a bye week, and this year the Vols lost 43-14 at home to Georgia after their first bye week of the season.
Tennessee’s season finale the following week on November 30th in Knoxville against Vanderbilt already has its kick-off time figured out. The Vols and Commodores will kick-off at 4:00 PM Eastern and will be on the SEC Network.
This season marks the first time in a very long time that Tennessee has gone an entire season without being featured on the 3:30 PM Eastern time slot on CBS.