Dudley Field, 10 or so days from now.
OK, so maybe the Commodores roll into Lexington and take care of business this Saturday. Maybe, after coming off a 42-14 loss that, in all honesty, should've been labeled Florida Starters 42 Vanderbilt Starters 0, the Dores recapture some of that early-season magic--where they never turned the ball over, coffin-cornered every critical punt and managed not to disturb the fairy dust sprinkled on their heads whilst taking off their helmets.
Maybe then, the November 22nd faceoff against Tennessee won't mean as much. But if Rich Brooks & Co. manage to maintain some of the momentum from the near-win against Georgia. If the black-and-gold get rickroll'd by our neighbors to the north. If all that comes to pass, then lock up the hens and break out the rubber bullets, cuz the Tennessee College Football Apocalypse is nigh!
Vandy fighting for bowl-eligibility! Tennessee fighting for...something that is not bowl eligibility! Pride, perhaps.
Honestly, the most interesting angle in this hypothetical is what a loss, or even better, a blowout, might mean for the Vols. Forget the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Vandy's near future. That's boring.
What if it's over by the halftime? What if the Wyoming "worst in a decade" loss was just a precursor for the ultimate humiliation for Big Brother: A de-pantsing in Nashville.
There's an argument in here somewhere in favor of that scenario if you're a Vols fan. Something about not being able to move forward until you've truly reached rock bottom. Or maybe that only applies for drunks. I'm not sure. Either way, let the madness begin.