The Tennessee Volunteers are hoping to finish their season with a 7-6 record as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Taxslayer Bowl.
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Tennessee gained bowl eligibility after they improved to 6-6 by defeating Vanderbilt, 24-17. They will face Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl and attempt to help end the SEC’s disappointing bowl season on a positive note.
The Volunteers offense will look to get back on track after quarterback Joshua Dobbs was held to 92 yards and two interceptions on 11-of-20 passing.
He was able to perform well in the running game though as he led the Volunteers in rushing with 91 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Dobbs has filled in solidly since starter Justin Worley suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
Defensive back Cameron Sutton set the tone in the game with a 76-yard punt return touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes enter the bowl game with a 7-5 record. They are riding a two-game losing streak, and they lost their most recent game, 37-34, in overtime to Nebraska.
The Hawkeyes had to settle for a field goal against the Cornhuskers before they allowed the game-winning touchdown.
Quarterback Jake Rudock has been on fire lately with six touchdown passes and one interception in his last three games. Running back Mark Weisman has gone without a touchdown in his last three games despite rushing for 14 this season.
Both Tennessee and Iowa are nearly identical in points allowed and points scored, so the game is sure to be close.
Prediction: Iowa 24, Tennessee 21View poll on FanMob