Kentucky-Tennessee: Wildcats Aim to Break 23-Game Skid Against Struggling Vols
Kentucky may be considered a rival to Tennessee, but the Wildcats have been the Volunteers' biggest whipping post since 1984. That's because 1984 was the last time Kentucky beat Tennessee.
Tennessee holds a 23-game winning streak over the Wildcats, which is the longest active streak in college football.
Last year Kentucky took the Vols all the way into four overtimes, but they ended up losing 52-50 after Andre Woodson was sacked on a two-point conversion.
Last year's game meant a lot to Tennessee (like the rivalry isn't enough), because a win put them into the SEC championship game.
The game included a late comeback by Kentucky, a goal line stand at the end of regulation by Tennessee, a blocked field goal in overtime by the Vols, and 70,000 disappointed Wildcat fans.
It just seems as if Kentucky is cursed in some cases.
Erik Ainge also broke Tennessee's record for the most touchdown passes in a game by throwing seven of them. After the game, he said, "We somehow got it done. It wasn't perfect on either side, but we find a way to get it done."
This wasn't the only heartbreaking loss that coach Rick Brooks has watched his team go through.
In 2006, Kentucky had the ball on Tennessee's three-yard line but couldn't manage to get into the end zone with under five minutes left to play, and they ended up losing 17-12.
Even if Kentucky doesn't get the win they're hoping to this year, they do have one thing over Tennessee. Kentucky will be playing in a bowl game as Tennessee will be left out of a bowl game for the second time in four years.
Kentucky may be the favorite on paper, but I think Tennessee will pull one out for Coach Fulmer, and tradition won't be on Kentucky's side.
This could turn out to be an ESPN instant classic, so make sure to tune in at 6:30 on ESPN2.
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