Preview: Kentucky at Tennessee

When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 15, 2014
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee


Tennessee looks to record its 15th consecutive home victory over Kentucky when the two SEC rivals meet on Saturday. The Volunteers last lost at home to the Wildcats in 1984 and are well-rested as they haven’t played since posting a dramatic 45-42 overtime victory over South Carolina on Nov. 1. Kentucky has fallen apart with four consecutive losses after showing signs of progress during an impressive 5-1 start.

The Wildcats are still looking for that elusive sixth win that would make them bowl eligible in coach Mark Stoops’ second season. “You know I’m quite disappointed whenever we lose, no matter who we are playing and that’s the situation it is,” Stoops told reporters. “That’s the mentality our team has to have as well.” The Volunteers are re-energized under quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who became the first Tennessee signal caller to pass for 300 yards (301) and rush for 100 yards (166) in the same game while also directing a comeback from a 42-28 deficit with under two minutes left to beat South Carolina.

TV:
4 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: Tennessee –8.5
   
ABOUT KENTUCKY (5-5, 2-5 SEC): Quarterback Patrick Towles has seen his performance slip of late but still has 2,374 yards and 14 touchdowns against six interceptions. Freshman running back Stanley Williams has a team-best 361 yards and figures to be the primary ball carrier after having an even 100 yards – his second 100-yard performance of the season – in a blowout loss to Georgia. Middle linebacker Josh Forrest has a team-high 82 tackles and safeties A.J. Stamps and Marcus McWilson are tied with a team-best three interceptions but the most feared defender is defensive end Bud Dupree (team-best 5.5 sacks), who ranks second in school history with 21.5 sacks behind Oliver Barnett (26 from 1986-89).

ABOUT TENNESSEE (4-5, 1-4): Dobbs is doing his best to carry the offense after starter Justin Worley was lost for the season with a torn labrum. Freshman defensive end Derek Barnett (14 tackles for loss) has emerged as a star to team up with middle linebacker A.J. Johnson (96 tackles, including 8.5 for losses), and Johnson is calling for an improved performance on third downs. “A couple busts here, a couple busts there, but we had this off-week to get everything back right and how we were going in the beginning of the season,” Johnson told reporters. “We are going to come this week and have a great third-down mentality and get off the field.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Volunteers have won 28 of the past 29 meetings.

2. Tennessee WR Marquez North (shoulder) is expected to play.

3. Kentucky WR Ryan Timmons leads the team in receptions (41) and receiving yardage (508) but was dropped down the depth chart after a poor showing against Georgia.

PREDICTION: Tennessee 45, Kentucky 40
 
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Kentucky 5-5 L4 29.4 28.1 5-2 0-3 5-4 0-0 2-5
Tennessee 4-5 W1 26.2 25.0 3-2 1-3 4-4 0-0 1-4

Last Meeting

Kentucky Tennessee
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/30/13 TENN 27 UK 14 393 139 254 417 218 199

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UK M. Smith 65.8 254 2 0
TENN J. Dobbs 60.9 199 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UK D. Mobley 17 143 8.4 0
TENN R. Neal 20 134 6.7 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UK J. Badet 6 47 7.8 0
TENN J. Croom 2 74 37.0 1
TDs Player TD
UK J. Blue 1
TENN J. Croom 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UK P. Towles 58.4 2374 14 6
TENN J. Worley 62.3 1579 12 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UK S. Williams 52 361 6.9 3
TENN J. Hurd 134 598 4.5 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UK R. Timmons 41 508 12.4 2
TENN P. Howard 35 401 11.5 1
TDs Player TD
UK J. Blue 5
TENN J. Hurd 4

Quickchart Matchup

Kentucky Off vs  Tennessee Def
402.3 yards
375 yards
4.3 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
7 yards/attempt
7 yards/attempt
Tennessee Off vs  Kentucky Def
367.1 yards
390 yards
3.4 yards/rush
4.7 yards/rush
6.2 yards/attempt
6.1 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Kentucky Overall Tennessee
5-5-0 W/L 4-5-0
6-4-0 ATS 5-4-0
6-4-0 O/U 3-5-0
29.4 Pts For 26.2
28.1 Pts Against 25.0
Kentucky A/H Tennessee
0-3 W/L 3-2
1-2-0 ATS 3-2-0
1-2-0 O/U 1-3-0
14.3 Pts For 29.2
32.3 Pts Against 16.0