The last time Tennessee won five consecutive games was in 2007 — Phillip Fulmer’s next-to-last season as coach.

Butch Jones’ Volunteers have won four straight and have a chance to p it Saturday against Vanderbilt.

While the Tennessee offense remains in the top half in the SEC, it’s the Vols defense that seems to have hit its stride.

After allowing 25 points per game through their first seven games of the season, the Vols have allowed just 18 per game during the winning streak.

Tennessee was No. 25 in the preseason poll, then started 2-3. It’s finally starting to look like they’re climbing out of it.

Saturday, Tennessee takes on a Vanderbilt team scoring just 14.0 points per game, last in the SEC. While the Commodores’ defense has been strong (18.0 points allowed per game, fourth in SEC) clearly, the challenge will be on offense.

The condition of the field at Neyland Stadium has received plenty of attention from Knoxville media in recent weeks. Perhaps the head coach is tired of it.

With at-best four losses to end the season (three in conference), Jones talked about the difficulty of playing in the SEC.

Jones ended the press conference with an injury update for fans who want to know who will be out there in the team’s final home game of 2015.