SEC Football Preview: Vanderbilt at Kentucky

Vanderbilt vs Kentucky

The Vanderbilt Commodores visit the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday in Lexington. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

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Team Schedules/Results

Vanderbilt

Date Opponent Time TV Result
8/27 at Hawaii 10:30 PM ET CBSS W 63-10
9/3 vs. Elon 7:00 PM ET ESP+ W 42-31
9/10 vs. Wake Forest 12:00 PM ET SECN L 25-45
9/17 at Northern Illinois 3:30 PM ET CBSS W 38-28
9/24 at Alabama 7:30 PM ET SECN L 3-55
10/8 vs. Ole Miss 4:00 PM ET SECN L 28-52
10/15 at Georgia 3:30 PM ET SECN L 0-55
10/22 at Missouri 4:00 PM ET SECN L 14-17
11/5 vs. South Carolina 7:30 PM ET SECN L 27-38
11/12 at Kentucky 12:00 PM ET SECN
11/19 vs. Florida TBA
11/26 vs. Tennessee TBA

Kentucky

Date Opponent Time TV Result
9/3 vs. Miami (OH) 7:00 PM ET ESP+ W 37-13
9/10 at Florida 7:00 PM ET ESPN W 26-16
9/17 vs. Youngstown State 12:00 PM ET SECN W 31-0
9/24 vs. Northern Illinois 7:00 PM ET ESPN2 W 31-23
10/1 at Ole Miss 12:00 PM ET ESPN L 19-22
10/8 vs. South Carolina 7:30 PM ET SECN L 14-24
10/15 vs. Mississippi State 7:30 PM ET SECN W 27-17
10/29 at Tennessee 7:00 PM ET ESPN L 6-44
11/5 at Missouri 12:00 PM ET SECN W 21-17
11/12 vs. Vanderbilt 12:00 PM ET SECN
11/19 vs. Georgia TBA
11/26 vs. Louisville TBA

College Football Ratings

Rating Vanderbilt Kentucky
ESPN FPI 96 40
Sagarin 108 34
Massey Composite 93 28
PiRate Ratings 92 33

Key Stats (per game)

Stat Vanderbilt Kentucky
Scoring Offense 26.7 23.6
Scoring Defense 36.8 19.6
Total Offense 353.6 341.4
Rushing Offense 148.1 109.2
Passing Offense 205.4 232.2
Team Passing Eff. 132.4 157.7
Total Defense 472.9 302.4
Rushing Defense 158.9 120.7
Pass Yards Allowed 314.0 181.8
Team Pass Eff. Def. 167.5 118.0
Turnover Margin 0.11 -0.56
3rd Down Conv. Pct 0.341 0.390
4th Down Conv. Pct 0.476 0.688
3rd Down Conv. % Def. 0.444 0.303
4th Down Conv. % Def. 0.333 0.450
Red Zone Offense 0.889 0.800
Red Zone Defense 0.829 0.818
Net Punting 39.8 36.7
Punt Returns 4.7 4.7
Kickoff Returns 19.1 20.9
First Downs Offense 157 169
First Downs Defense 204 130
Penalties/Game 5.1 6.1
Penalty Yards/Game 43.0 40.1

Players to Watch

Vanderbilt

QB Mike Wright, TE Ben Bresnahan, LB Anfernee Orji, DL Nate Clifton, OL Bradley Ashmore, DB Jaylen Mahoney, P Matthew Hayball, LS Wesley Schelling.

Kentucky

QB Will Levis, WR Tayvion Robinson, OL Eli Cox, DB Jalen Geiger, RB Chris Rodriguez, LB DeAndre Square, OL Kenneth Horsey, DL Octavious Oxendine, P Colin Goodfellow.

Injuries

Vanderbilt

[QB] AJ Swann (Lower Body) – Questionable
[RB] Chase Gillespie (Undisclosed) – Questionable
[WR] Daveon Walker (Undisclosed) – Out
[DL] Daevion Davis (Leg) – Out
[LB] Miles Capers (Knee) – Out

Kentucky

[RB] Jutahn McClain (Undisclosed) – Questionable
[DE] Sam Anaele (Undisclosed) – Out
[RB] Ramon Jefferson (Knee) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky Football Series History

Kentucky leads 48-36

Comments

Vanderbilt has almost no pass defense. They are awful and the team seems to be getting worse as the season progresses. Will Levis will pick them apart. The Commodores will score some points but not enough to beat UK. Kentucky wins big.

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Vanderbilt 17, Kentucky 40

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Kentucky 35, Vanderbilt 17

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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