Tennessee Football: Kentucky vs. Tennessee Complete Game Preview

Jason Ellis@@JJasonEllisContributor IIINovember 21, 2012

Tennessee Football: Kentucky vs. Tennessee Complete Game Preview

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    The Kentucky and Tennessee football programs have a lot in common this season.

    Both will spend the offseason searching for new head coaches, as both Joker Phillips and Derek Dooley have been relieved of their command.

    Both are sitting at 0-7 in the Southeastern Conference, a place familiar to the Wildcats and recently for the Vols.

    This game should be called the Battle for the Bottom of the Barrel.

    Much the same as last season, the loser of this game will finish last place in the SEC East.  

Game Info

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    What:  Kentucky Wildcats at Tennessee Volunteers

    Where:  Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

    When:  Saturday, November 24, 2012

    Kickoff:  12:21 pm

    Television:  SEC Network

     

Kentucky

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    Saying this season has been bad for Kentucky would be an extreme understatement.  It has gone far worse than it usually does for this team.

    The Wildcats snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 34-3 victory over Samford last week.

    For the first time in 26 years, Kentucky is entering this rivalry game on the winning side. They will be looking to start a streak of their own by winning two in a row against the Vols.

    Leading Passer:  Maxwell Smith, 103 of 150 for 975 yards, 8 TD, 4 INT

    Leading Rusher:  Raymond Sanders, 109 Carries, 615 yards, 5 TD

    Leading Receiver:  La'Rod King, 38 receptions, 410 yards, 4 TD

Tennessee

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    Tumultuous is the word that best describes the Tennessee Volunteers this season. They were a team that many predicted to fall between seven and nine wins.

    Those prognostications were well off as the Vols sit at 4-7 with all their losses being in conference play.

    The Vols will be looking to do several things coming into this game. The first of which will be to avenge last season's loss to Kentucky that ended a 26-game winning streak,

    They will also be looking to end this dismal season on a high note.

    The defense will be out to show that they can actually stop an opponent.

    Leading Passer:  Tyler Bray, 248 of 417, 3,319 yards, 30 TD, 12 INT

    Leading Rusher:  Rajion Neal, 147 carries, 655 yards, 5 TD

    Leading Receiver:  Justin Hunter, 70 receptions, 1,018 yards, 8 TD

Prediction

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    It's difficult to gauge which Tennessee team will show up in this game. I think it will be the dynamic, offensive powerhouse that we have seen this season.

    The Vols just have too much firepower for the Wildcats to contend with.

    Tennessee will start off sluggish through the first couple of possessions but will bring out the whooping stick and never look back

    Final Score:  Tennessee 45, Kentucky 13

     

    (And on a side note:  If anyone wants to hang out, I'll be tailgating just below the strip in either the church parking lot or the one right next to it.)