Everyone is going to be tuned in to the SEC at 3:30, when Alabama and LSU get going. The 7:30 SEC Network game between Tennessee and Kentucky in Lexington certainly isn’t a headliner of that magnitude, but both teams have plenty to play for on Saturday.
The Vols enter the game at 4-5, while the Wildcats are 4-4 on the season. The fact that the Vols can still play their way into a bowl is pretty shocking, given how things began for the team this year.
Jeremy Pruitt’s team suffered an embarrassing home upset to begin the year, falling to Georgia State. A week later, BYU beat them. They wound up losing four of five games to open the year, but have now won three of four, with the sole loss being a relatively competitive game against Alabama, all things considered.
Now, trips to Kentucky and Missouri and a home game vs. Vanderbilt gives the team a manageable shot to reach six wins.
Kentucky has faced its own adversity, losing starting quarterback Terry Wilson early in the season. They are also two wins away from a bowl, despite playing wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. at quarterback for long stretches. The ‘Cats have this Vols game, followed by a trip to 2-6 Vanderbilt, and home games against FCS UT-Martin and Louisville.
Rollin’ up I-75 🚌 pic.twitter.com/RoFhMx2CGA
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) November 8, 2019
More on Saturday night’s game:
Game Time: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Channel: SEC Network
Spread: Kentucky -1
Announcers: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
The Vols and Wildcats first met all the way back in 1893, a 56-0 Kentucky rout. Tennessee has had the ‘Cats number most years since, holding an 80-25-9 series lead. UK, long a bottom-feeder in the SEC East, has just two wins in this series since 1984, with the last coming in 2017. That’s tough, considering Tennessee’s struggles in recent years as well.
The Vols scored a 24-7 win in Knoxville last season.