With both Tennessee and Kentucky ineligible for a bowl game this season, the two SEC programs are just hoping to end the 2012 campaign on a high note.
Tennessee is coming off a 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt while Kentucky just beat FCS opponent Samford for its second win of the season.
With both programs looking for new head coaches heading into the offseason, here's a look at their final regular-season matchup on Saturday in Knoxville.
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 12:21 p.m. ET
Watch: SEC Network
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Line: Tennessee -13, Over/Under 61 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
What's At Stake?
Respectability and recruiting choices?
Neither Tennessee nor Kentucky has had a good season, and the key for both programs may be to just end the campaign on a high note with some momentum.
Tennessee hasn't capture the SEC since 1998. Kentucky went 10-1 in 1977 but was unable to play in the SEC Championship Game or go to a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
WR E.J. Fields - Ribs - Questionable
LB Jabari Johnson - Hamstring - Questionable
DL Trevarris Saulsberry - Knee - Questionable
What They're Saying
There is a lot of hubbub surrounding reported offers from Tennessee and Arkansas for Jon Gruden to be their next football coach.
As NESN points out, Gruden would be a great fit for junior quarterback Tyler Bray, who may or may not declare for the NFL draft in 2013 after a rough campaign this season.
The 49-year-old, who hosts ESPN's Jon Gruden's QB Camp, would be an ideal hire for the Volunteers to get back to respectability in the SEC, and he actually started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee.
As for Kentucky, not only is the program without a head coach at the moment, it's going to be difficult for the Wildcats to find a legit name.
Kentucky Player to Watch: Raymond Sanders, RB
Junior running back Raymond Sanders has had a breakout season for Kentucky, rushing for 615 yards and five touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry.
That includes averaging 4.8 yards per carry against Florida and 4.2 yards per carry against South Carolina and Arkansas.
It helps to have an offensive line consisting of guard Larry Warford, too.
Tennessee has allowed 4.77 yards per carry (97th in the nation, via CFBStats.com) and 24 rushing touchdowns this season. That includes allowing Vanderbilt to romp for 194 yards and two touchdowns on the ground last week.
Tennessee Player to Watch: Tyler Bray, QB
Tyler Bray has the arm to be an NFL quarterback, but his decision-making this season has been questionable to say the least (12 interceptions), and he's coming off his worst performance of the campaign, going 11-of-29 for 103 yards with one touchdown and two picks against Vanderbilt.
Fortunately for the junior, he faces a much more forgiving pass defense against Kentucky. The Wildcats have allowed 7.4 yards per pass attempt this season (tied for 69th in the FBS) while notching only five interceptions.
Key Matchup: Kentucky Pass Defense vs. Tennessee Passing Attack
It's no secret that Tennessee's offensive game plan is predicated on the pass, with Bray and receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson leading the charge.
The last time that the Wildcats faced an explosive passing attack, they allowed Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray to pass for 427 yards and four touchdowns on Oct. 20.
Prediction: Tennessee 35, Kentucky 24
Tennessee's defense may be hard to look at, but so is Kentucky's, and the Volunteers have a much better offense than the Wildcats' unit.
Tennessee's defense will give up its fair share of points to a bad offensive football team, but Kentucky won't be able to stop Bray and Co. Even if Bray throws multiple picks, it would be hard to see the Wildcats shocking the Vols.
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