SEC Football First Look: Kentucky vs. Tennessee

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Kentucky meets Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville. Here is a first look at the Kentucky-Tennessee matchup.

Kentucky Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 Central Michigan W 35-20
Sept. 8 at Florida W 27-16
Sept. 15 Murray State W 48-10
Sept. 22 Mississippi State W 28-7
Sept. 29 South Carolina W 24-10
Oct. 6 at Texas A& L 20-14
Oct. 20 Vanderbilt W 14-7
Oct. 27 at Missouri W 15-14
Nov. 3 Georgia L 34-17

Tennessee Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 West Virginia [Charlotte] L 40-14
Sept. 8 East Tennessee State W 59-3
Sept. 15 UTEP W 24-0
Sept. 22 Florida L 47-21
Sept. 29 at Georgia L 38-12
Oct. 13 at Auburn W 30-24
Oct. 20 Alabama L 58-21
Oct. 27 at South Carolina L 27-24
Nov. 3 Charlotte W 14-3

Stat Comparison

Stat Kentucky Tennessee
Rushing Offense 199.6 (43) 127.7 (110)
Passing Offense 156.8 (117) 205.3 (91)
Total Offense 356.3 (109) 333.0 (119)
Scoring Offense 24.7 (98) 24.3 (101)
Rushing Defense 133.2 (33) 161.1 (66)
Passing Defense 178.6 (16) 207.3 (41)
Total Defense 311.8 (15) 368.4 (46)
Scoring Defense 15.3 (8) 26.7 (63)
Interceptions 7 (62) 7 (62)
Sacks 2.44 (42) 1.78 (88)
Tackles for loss 5.6 (78) 5.3 (85)
Turnover margin 0.11 (61) 0.11 (61)

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Kentucky Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
11/05/18 RB Benny Snell Jr. Undisclosed is probable Saturday vs Tennessee
11/04/18 S Darius West Targeting Suspension is OUT 1st half Saturday vs Tennessee
10/01/18 RB Sihiem King Redshirt is out for season
09/17/18 TE Keaton Upshaw Undisclosed is out for season
08/26/18 T Landon Young Knee is out for season
08/04/18 DE Joshua Paschal Illness is out indefinitely

Tennessee Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
11/06/18 DB Micah Abernathy Ankle is "?" Saturday vs Kentucky
11/06/18 DB Trevon Flowers Collarbone is upgraded to "?" Saturday vs Kentucky
10/25/18 OL Trey Smith Lung is out indefinitely
10/15/18 LB Jonathan Kongbo ACL is out for season
09/05/18 OL Brandon Kennedy ACL is out for season

Source: DonBest.com

Challenges for Kentucky

The Wildcats have a better team than Tennessee but if they are still moping over that loss to Georgia they could go down to UT the way Florida did to Missouri last week. Kentucky has to flush that Georgia game quickly from their minds and get focused on Tennessee and Tennessee only.

Challenges for Tennessee

Tennessee’s biggest challenge will be scoring points against Kentucky. Even after allowing 34 points to Georgia, the Wildcats are still allowing just over 15 points per game. The Vols will need a balanced attack to penetrate the UK defense.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30 pm ET and can be seen on the SEC Network.

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