Here is our preview for the Tennessee football Volunteers at the Wildcats.
Coming off its first loss of the season, a 44-21 thumping at the Georgia Bulldogs, Tennessee football returns home in hopes of getting back on track. Heading into Knoxville is a team with a worse record and one the Vols have historically owned but also one who got its first win last week.
Yes, Rocky Top and the Kentucky Wildcats have been on opposite sides through the first three weeks of the year. While UT started out 2-0, beating the South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers, UK started out 0-2, losing to the Auburn Tigers and in overtime to the Ole Miss Rebels.
Then last week happened. Mark Stoops’ upset the Mississippi State Bulldogs 24-2 while Jeremy Pruitt’s team got blown out in Athens. As of right now, Tennessee football is ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the Coaches Poll. Kentucky is unranked in both polls. Here is all the information you need for this game.
Kentucky Wildcats Football
Tennessee Volunteers Football
Saturday, Oct. 17
12 PM ET
Tennessee -5.5; Over/Under: 45.5
Location: Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.
Live stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Vol Network; UK Sports Network
National Radio: Westwood One
Satellite: Ch. 138 (Sirius); Ch. 190 (XM)
Listen online: UTSports; UKAthletics
Pruitt is 2-0 as a head coach against Stoops, winning 24-7 in Knoxville two years ago and then 17-13 in Lexington last year. The Vols were underdogs in both games and had a legendary goal-line stand to beat UK last year. It also was the game to get them back to .500 after the horrendous 0-2 start that then stumbled to 1-4 and 2-5.
This year, both teams desperately need a win. A win for Kentucky would put them back in position to potentially finish .500 after the blew a game Ole Miss. The Vols, meanwhile, need to win to stay at par based on what they were projected to do at the beginning of the year.
Both teams have a huge matchup next week, as Tennessee football will visit the Alabama Crimson Tide and Kentucky will visit Georgia. However, they will have nothing to lose and everything to gain in those games. As a result, they are each likely more focused on this game, as losing will be devastating for either of them.