Take nothing for granted.
It's an easy mantra in college football these days, especially the SEC.
It's also an easy reminder for University of Tennessee football coaches who remember losing to Vanderbilt at home in 2005.
"You have to look at the history of this," UT coach Phillip Fulmer said after his team's walkthrough Friday at Neyland Stadium. "When Tennessee and Vanderbilt play, there's all kinds of history that would tell you it's always a tough game and a battle."
The difference is in 2005 the Vols weren't playing with an SEC East title on the line.
"The players certainly understand the implications of the game and continuing to win," Fulmer said. "They've prepared accordingly.
"I've got to really hand it to them. They've done a good job."
Fulmer hopes that continues after a 2 p.m. kickoff today.
Prior to the game, he'll say his traditional goodbyes to 23 UT players making their final run through the "T" at home.
"I just mentioned to them it's the last time the seniors will have a (Friday) practice on this field," Fulmer said. "It's the last time they'll be in that locker room because we'll be redoing that whole thing after the season.
"There are some lasts here. It's the last time they'll run through the 'T' here, and that's always an emotional time.
"I hope the fans will be here early and loud to show their appreciation for what this group of young men has done."
Early exits: Besides 21 listed seniors who will make their final run through the 'T' today, it's the final jog for redshirt juniors Ja'Kouri Williams and Sinclair Cannon.
The players are on pace to graduate in four years and won't return for a final year of eligibility next season. They'll be introduced as seniors and get the handshake or hug from Fulmer.
Williams and Cannon saw most of their time on UT's special teams. Their early departure does create two scholarship openings for the 2008 class.
Fired up early: The Vols have had a bury-'em early and hold-on late mentality the past four games at home.
They've outscored Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas by a combined 93-3 in the first half.
The defense has created turnovers and field position while the offense has converted on 13 of 21 first-half drives in those four games.
The Vols are averaging 410.8 yards and 40.3 points at home this season.
Chart Watching: Senior quarterback Erik Ainge is 16th on the SEC career list of touchdown passes with 58. Former Vol Peyton Manning is second (89) and Casey Clausen seventh (75).
Junior running back Arian Foster needs only six yards rushing to pass Charlie Garner and move into 10th place in the UT career-rushing record book. He has 2,084 yards and 22 TDs on 436 carries.
True freshman defensive back Eric Berry could set a single-season NCAA record if he can get a couple long interception returns. He leads the nation with 207 interception-return yards, just shy of the SEC record set by Joe Brodsky of Florida in 1956 (244) and the NCAA record of 302 set by USC's Charles Phillips in 1974.