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Time to Top Rocky Top

Mizzou travels to Knoxville to tangle with Tennessee.

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As the Tigers head into the home stretch of the 2014 football season, their situation is similar to 2013: Win two games to win the SEC East.

The first step is 6:30 p.m., Nov. 22, in Knoxville, Tennessee, on ESPN. Mizzou’s 2012 trip to the Volunteers’ Neyland Stadium was the schools’ first-ever meeting, and it was wild — a 51–48 quadruple overtime victory for the black and gold.

Since 2007, Coach Gary Pinkel’s Tigers are 23–7 in the month of November, and during that span, Mizzou has won four conference divisional championships (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013).

If you’re in Columbia and you can’t make the 609-mile trip to Knoxville, join the Boone County Mizzou Alumni Chapter’s watch party at 1839 Taphouse.

In the meantime, here are some facts about the University of Tennessee.
Marcus Wilkins

University of Tennessee

UT Ayres Hall

Ayres Hall is a four-story, brick and limestone building, long recognized as a UT campus icon.

Founded: 1794, one of the oldest public universities in the country; land-grant, flagship institution

Enrollment: 27,171 (21,033 undergraduate)

Chancellor: Jimmy G. Cheek

Size: 236 buildings, 560 acres, main campus; 300-plus degree programs through 11 colleges; three libraries; three theaters; one museum; one art gallery; one agricultural institute; approximately 95 extension offices statewide

UT Smokey

Smokey is the name of the University of Tennessee’s costumed mascot as well as its live bluetick coonhound mascot.

Pride: UT is home to the world’s fastest academic supercomputer and third fastest overall supercomputer, the Kraken. It can perform more than 1,000 trillion calculations per second and has been used for nearly 300 scientific projects, including climate and weather modeling, genetics, and medicine.

Community: Knoxville, Tennessee; population 183,270; one of the largest cities in the Appalachian region; located less than an hour from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park; hosted the 1982 World’s Fair

Colors: Orange and white

Mascots: Smokey, a blue tick coonhound

Nickname: The Volunteers

Did You Know? The University of Tennessee is the only university in the nation to have three presidential-papers editing projects. It holds collections of the papers of three U.S. presidents from Tennessee — Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson.

UT Torchbearer

The Volunteer Statue, commonly known as the Torchbearer, bears the words “One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.”

Campus Treasures: The Torchbearer is an iconic statue adopted as the official symbol of UT. The Rock is a 98-ton message board for the UT community. The Hill, the main part of UT’s old campus, stands on the bank above the Tennessee River.

Traditions: Since 1925, UT has celebrated Torch Night for each freshman class. Campus members hold lit candles symbolizing the “Torch of Preparation” to welcome the newest Volunteers.