Preview: Tennessee at Kentucky

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 30, 2013
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky


Tough schedules have left Tennessee and host Kentucky with losing records as they enter the season finales Saturday. Tennessee's seven ranked opponents are the most any team has faced this season and Kentucky is among six schools that have played five ranked teams. The Volunteers, saddled with their fourth straight losing season, are trying to avoid their first eight-loss campaign.

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was injured in the first quarter of last week's loss at Georgia and Mark Stoops hopes he'll be available Saturday. The Volunteers have won 27 of the last 28 games against Kentucky, including 14 of 15 in Lexington. Tennessee won last season 37-17 but six of the past nine meetings have been decided by 10 points or fewer.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Tennessee -4.

ABOUT TENNESSEE (4-7, 1-6 SEC): Freshman Joshua Dobbs (58-of-98 for 496 yards, 0 TDs, 5 INTs) will start for the fourth straight game. Rajion Neal needs 10 rushing yards for a 1,000-yard season while the Volunteers have already eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark on the ground for the first time since 2009. Tennessee's defense is tied for third in the SEC with 24 takeaways but is allowing 420.7 yards and 30.4 points.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (2-9, 0-7): Maxwell Smith went 10-of-16 for 149 yards and a touchdown in relief of Whitlow (98-of-159 for 1,035 yards, 5 TDs, 5 INTs), who has a problem with his left non-throwing shoulder and neck spasms. "Everything has checked out okay to this point," Stoops said at Monday's press conference. "We'll see how it progresses through the week. There's nothing major wrong with him, so hopefully he'll be able to play." The Wildcats will be without suspended running back Raymond Sanders III, who leads the team with 464 yards and three touchdowns.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Tennessee has recorded four straight losing seasons for the first time since 1903-06.

2. The Volunteers have lost 11 straight SEC road games and 12 straight road games dating to 2011.

3. Kentucky unveiled plans for a $110-million renovation to Commonwealth Stadium, with some construction starting in December and the majority of the work being done after the 2014 season.

PREDICTION: Tennessee 24, Kentucky 16

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Tennessee 4-7 L4 23.5 30.4 4-3 0-4 4-5 0-0 1-6
Kentucky 2-9 L3 21.1 31.5 2-4 0-5 2-8 0-0 0-7

Last Meeting

Tennessee Kentucky
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/24/12 UK 17 TENN 37 457 164 293 412 167 245

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TENN T. Bray 58.8 293 4 0
UK J. Whitlow 64.4 225 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TENN M. Lane Jr. 10 75 7.5 0
UK J. George 8 59 7.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TENN C. Patterson 4 88 22.0 1
UK L. King 10 78 7.8 0
TDs Player TD
TENN J. Hunter 1
UK J. George 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TENN J. Worley 55.6 1239 10 8
UK J. Whitlow 61.6 1035 5 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TENN R. Neal 195 990 5.1 11
UK R. Sanders III 107 464 4.3 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TENN M. North 38 496 13.1 1
UK J. Blue 40 544 13.6 3
TDs Player TD
TENN R. Neal 11
UK J. Whitlow 6

Quickchart Matchup

Tennessee Off vs  Kentucky Def
347.5 yards
428.1 yards
4.9 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
5.5 yards/attempt
8.2 yards/attempt
Kentucky Off vs  Tennessee Def
336.6 yards
420.7 yards
4.1 yards/rush
5.3 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tennessee Overall Kentucky
4-7-0 W/L 2-9-0
4-7-0 ATS 4-7-0
6-5-0 O/U 5-6-0
23.5 Pts For 21.1
30.4 Pts Against 31.5
Tennessee A/H Kentucky
0-4 W/L 2-4
1-3-0 ATS 2-4-0
3-1-0 O/U 2-4-0
11.0 Pts For 22.2
41.5 Pts Against 28.0