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The Vols are showing form for the regular season finale at Vanderbilt

The Vols are showing form for the regular season finale at Vanderbilt

After debuting new orange helmets last week at South Carolina, the Tennessee football team returns to a more traditional look this week to end the regular season. The Vols announced on their official Twitter account Wednesday afternoon that they will be wearing their usual all-white road uniforms — white helmets, white jerseys and white pants — for Saturday night’s regular-season finale against in-state rival Vanderbilt.

The 10th-ranked Vols (9-2, 5-2 SEC) and Commodores (5-6, 2-5) are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday at FirstBank Stadium in Nashville. the state of tennessee. be televised nationally on the SEC Network.

Saturday will mark the second time this season that Tennessee will wear its all-white uniforms. The Vols also went in their white helmets, white jerseys and white pants for a 34-27 overtime win on Sept. 10 in Pittsburgh.

They wore white jerseys and white pants with new orange helmets Saturday night in a 63-38 loss to South Carolina, a game that almost certainly ended their College Football Playoff hopes. Star quarterback Hendon Hooker also suffered a torn ACL during the game, ending his season and college career. Backup Joe Milton III, a fifth-year transfer and former Michigan transfer, will take over as Tennessee’s starter and is now the Vols’ only available scholarship quarterback, while freshman Taven Jackson is also out with an injury on Oct. 22 in a win over Tennessee U.T. Martin.

The Vols donned their white jerseys and orange pants on Nov. 5 in Georgia for a 27-13 rout of the top-ranked Bulldogs. Meanwhile, LSU’s decision to wear an all-white uniform at home against Tennessee allowed the Vols to use their alternate “Smokey Gray” uniform for a 40-13 victory on Oct. 8 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Tennessee has worn seven different uniform combinations this year, including the black “Dark Mode” uniform — complete with new black helmets — the Vols used on Oct. 29 in their 44-6 rout of then-No. 19 Kentucky. They also wore orange jerseys and orange pants with white helmets at home, as well as the traditional home uniform of orange jerseys with white pants and white helmets.

A win this weekend would give Tennessee its first 10-win season in 15 years under second-year coach Josh Heupel and could send the Vols to a New Year’s Six bowl, with the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl still realistic options. Tennessee has won the last three meetings with Vanderbilt, all by 18 or more points, including a 45-21 victory last year at Neyland Stadium.

The Vols have largely dominated their football rivalry with the Commodores, and they lead 78-33-5 in the all-time series. But it’s been more competitive over the last decade, with Vanderbilt and Tennessee splitting the last 10 meetings. Before the Vols’ current three-game winning streak, the Commodores had knocked off Tennessee three years in a row, from 2016-18.

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