Heupel, Vols eager to finish successful regular season

Tennessee Athletics photo by Andrew Ferguson / Tennessee defensive linemen Da'Jon Terry (95) and Ja'Quain Blakely (48) wrap up South Alabama quarterback Desmond Trotter last Saturday night in Neyland Stadium. Blakely will play his final home game for the Volunteers this weekend against Vanderbilt.

Football fans of the Tennessee Volunteers have been dreaming of the good ol' days for several seasons now.

Awaiting a postseason destination as 31-point favorites over Vanderbilt does have a little reminiscent feel to it.

Tennessee earned bowl eligibility with Saturday night's 60-14 shellacking of South Alabama, but the Vols are looking to improve their 6-5 mark to 7-5 against a Commodores program that has suffered 20 consecutive Southeastern Conference defeats. The Vols are responsible for two of those 20, thumping Vandy 28-10 two years ago in Neyland Stadium and 42-17 last season in Nashville.

The Commodores have been overwhelmed more often than not in Clark Lea's first season, succumbing 62-0 to Georgia, 42-0 to Florida and 45-6 to Mississippi State, but they played one of their more respectable games this past weekend in a 31-17 loss at Ole Miss.