Tennessee's bowl game destination, opponent revealed
Tennessee appears to be staying in-state to cap off the 2020 season.
College football insider Brett McMurphy of Stadium reports, per sources, that the Volunteers will play West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl. The matchup in Memphis is set for 4 p.m ET Dec. 31, airing on ESPN.
It will be a rematch of the first game of the Jeremy Pruitt era. UT and WVU met for the first time in Charlotte to open the 2018 season. The Mountaineers won that game 40-14.
This will be Tennessee’s first set of back-to-back bowl bids since Butch Jones took the Volunteers to the Outback Bowl and Music City Bowl in 2015-16. UT has a four-game winning streak in bowls, dating back to the 45-28 TaxSlayer Bowl win over Iowa by Jones’ squad in 2014. Tennessee’s latest bowl victory was a thrilling come-from-behind win over Indiana in the Gator Bowl, helping Pruitt earn a raise and extension ahead of his third year as UT’s head coach.
Tennessee started the 2020 campaign 2-0 but dropped seven of its final eight, finishing with a 3-7 record. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA waived all bowl eligibility requirements for the 2020 season. West Virginia is 5-4. Neal Brown’s squad is looking to bounce back from a 42-6 loss to Iowa State on Dec. 5.
UPDATE: The SEC has confirmed this news.