SEC Football Preview: Tennessee at Kentucky

Tennessee-Kentucky

Tennessee faces Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Tennessee

Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Virginia* W 49 – 13
9-Sep vs. Austin Peay W 30 – 13
16-Sep at Florida L 16 – 29
23-Sep vs. UTSA W 45 – 14
30-Sep vs. South Carolina W 41 – 20
14-Oct vs. Texas A&M W 20 – 13
21-Oct at Alabama L 20 – 34
28-Oct at Kentucky
4-Nov vs. Connecticut
11-Nov at Missouri
18-Nov vs. Georgia
25-Nov vs. Vanderbilt

Kentucky

Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Ball State W 44 – 14
9-Sep vs. Eastern Kentucky W 28 – 17
16-Sep vs. Akron W 35 – 3
23-Sep at Vanderbilt W 45 – 28
30-Sep vs. Florida W 33 – 14
7-Oct at Georgia L 13 – 51
14-Oct vs. Missouri L 21 – 38
28-Oct vs. Tennessee
4-Nov at Mississippi State
11-Nov vs. Alabama
18-Nov at South Carolina
25-Nov at Louisville

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Tennessee Kentucky
ESPN FPI 16 44
Sagarin 14 45
Massey Composite 23 43
PiRate Ratings 15 36

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Tennessee
Kentucky
44
80
5
8
0.431
0.386
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
28
105
4
13
0.330
0.439
4th Down Conversion Pct Kentucky
Tennessee
124
126
13
14
0.250
0.231
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
9
89
2
9
0.294
0.556
Blocked Kicks Tennessee
Kentucky
3
7
1
2
3
2
Blocked Kicks Allowed Tennessee
Kentucky
1
104
1
11
0
2
Blocked Punts Tennessee 6 2 1
Blocked Punts Allowed Tennessee
Kentucky
1
95
1
13
0
1
Completion Percentage Tennessee
Kentucky
55
115
10
14
0.623
0.541
Defensive TDs Kentucky
Tennessee
2
39
1
5
3
1
Fewest Penalties Kentucky
Tennessee
109
112
12
13
54
56
Fewest Penalties Per Game Kentucky
Tennessee
119
121
13
14
7.71
8.00
Fewest Penalty Yards Tennessee
Kentucky
108
110
13
14
470
479
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Tennessee
Kentucky
114
116
13
14
67.14
68.43
First Downs Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
17
57
4
8
117
139
First Downs Offense Tennessee
Kentucky
63
109
6
12
150
127
Fumbles Lost Kentucky
Tennessee
32
65
5
10
3
4
Fumbles Recovered Kentucky
Tennessee
46
77
1
6
4
3
Kickoff Return Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
88
99
10
11
21.25
22.29
Kickoff Returns Kentucky
Tennessee
29
87
5
11
23.64
18.62
Net Punting Tennessee
Kentucky
18
107
6
13
41.79
36.52
Passes Had Intercepted Tennessee
Kentucky
22
78
3
12
4
7
Passes Intercepted Tennessee
Kentucky
39
39
6
6
7
7
Passing Offense Tennessee
Kentucky
75
103
9
13
220.9
196.7
Passing Yards Allowed Tennessee
Kentucky
36
105
5
12
201.0
250.9
Passing Yards per Completion Kentucky
Tennessee
40
104
6
12
12.99
10.89
Punt Return Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
2
33
1
4
-0.67
4.00
Punt Returns Tennessee
Kentucky
8
31
1
7
17.73
11.83
Red Zone Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
50
98
3
10
0.800
0.885
Red Zone Offense Tennessee
Kentucky
67
113
10
14
0.848
0.739
Rushing Defense Kentucky
Tennessee
12
24
2
5
95.7
109.9
Rushing Offense Tennessee
Kentucky
7
66
1
6
217.3
155.4
Sacks Allowed Kentucky
Tennessee
36
42
2
4
1.57
1.71
Scoring Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
28
55
3
9
19.4
23.6
Scoring Offense Tennessee
Kentucky
43
44
6
7
31.6
31.3
Tackles for Loss Allowed Tennessee
Kentucky
24
31
3
4
4.43
4.57
Team Passing Efficiency Tennessee
Kentucky
72
81
12
13
133.10
129.52
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
34
84
3
8
121.26
136.99
Team Sacks Tennessee
Kentucky
3
59
2
8
4.00
2.29
Team Tackles for Loss Tennessee
Kentucky
6
43
2
6
8.1
6.3
Time of Possession Kentucky
Tennessee
119
129
11
14
27:14
25:01
Total Defense Tennessee
Kentucky
17
50
4
8
310.9
346.6
Total Offense Tennessee
Kentucky
34
91
5
10
438.1
352.1
Turnover Margin Tennessee
Kentucky
44
53
5
9
0.29
0.14
Turnovers Gained Kentucky
Tennessee
49
62
4
7
11
10
Turnovers Lost Tennessee
Kentucky
37
61
5
11
8
10
Winning Percentage Kentucky
Tennessee
31
31
6
6
0.714
0.714

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tennessee

QB Joe Milton, RB Jabari Small, WR Bru McCoy, OL Cooper Mays, DT Omari Thomas, LB Aaron Beasley, CB Doneiko Slaughter, K Charles Campbell, P Jackson Ross.

Kentucky

QB Devin Leary, RB Ray Davis, WR Barion Brown, OL Kenneth Horsey, DT Deone Walker, DE JJ Weaver, LB Trevin Wallace, S Jordan Lovett, K Chance Poore, P Wilson Berry.

INJURIES

Tennessee


Player POS Status
A. Karic OL Ques Sat – Undisclosed
D. Bishop RB Early Nov – Ankle
C. Charles DB Out indefinitely – Ankle
B. McCoy WR out for season – Ankle
K. Garland LB out for season – Undisclosed
K. Pili LB Out indefinitely – Upper Body

Kentucky


Player POS Status
T. Wallace LB Ques Sat – Shoulder
J. Geiger DB Ques Sat – Elbow
B. Christman OL out for season – Knee
J. Wilcox RB Out indefinitely – Hamstring
L. Wright RB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
N. Hall OL out for season – Undisclosed

Source: Covers.com

Tennessee vs. Kentucky Football Series History

Tennessee leads 83-26-9

COMMENTS

Here’s a long time rivalry that Tennessee has dominated for the most part. I’m picking the Wildcats here. They will catch a deflated Vol team that is dispirited after their blown lead at the half against at Alabama.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Tennessee 31, Kentucky 21

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Kentucky 35, Tennessee 28

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 7:00 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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