The Tennessee Volunteers visit the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend in an SEC East showdown. Both Tennessee and Kentucky sit at four wins, and a victory Saturday would boost either’s chances of bowl eligibility. Kentucky is coming off a bye after defeating Missouri, 29-7 on Oct. 26.
Tennessee stands as the current -1 road favorite. Last year, the Volunteers upset UK 24-7.
Tennessee enjoying strong second half of seasonSimilar to Kentucky, Tennessee has won three of four while keeping alive hopes of resuming bowl play after a three-year absence. The Vols have recently beaten Mississippi State, South Carolina and UAB.
Behind a decent offensive wave, and Bryce Thompson’s three interceptions, UT running back Ty Chandler added 85 yards and a touchdown to upend UAB 30-7 last Saturday. Returning Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano tossed one scoring strike and one pick to aid UT’s cause.
The Tennessee Volunteers average 24.7 ppg (#92 FBS) and allow 24.1 points (#46 FBS). Infused, Tennessee’s defense has allowed just 12.6 points during its last three wins.
Kentucky looking for third win in four triesHaving won two of their last three, the Wildcats enter today’s contest with momentum. Do-everything quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. added 202 of the Wildcats’ 297 rushing yards, and two scores, as Kentucky decisively beat visiting Missouri 29-7 last weekend. He is expected to start his fourth game at quarterback, but can also play wide receiver. He's only playing quarterback thanks to injuries to Sawyer Smith and Terry Wilson.
Combined with Bowden Jr.’s virtuoso effort, UK’s defense held the Tigers to 289 yards, and 164 passing as Kentucky evened its 2019 mark at 4-4.
Overall, the Wildcats average 21.2 ppg (#113 FBS) and allow 21.2 ppg (#32 FBS). Though, finding a groove as the season reaches its final weeks, Kentucky has averaged 26.5 ppg in its previous two wins.
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- Volunteers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Volunteers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.
- Wildcats are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Wildcats are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games in November.
- Wildcats are 3-9 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.