Kentucky Wildcats (5-1) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (3-4)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST on October 20th
Location: Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky
TV Channel: SEC Network: That’s DirecTV channel 611, AT&T U Verse channel 607 and Dish Network channel 408.
Announcers: Tom Hart, Jordan Rogers and Cole Cubelic will have the call.
Radio: Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel will have the UK radio network call on 840 AM in Louisville and both 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington or online at UKAthletics.com.
Satellite Radio: Sirius/XM 105/190
Online Stream: You can watch the game online via WatchESPN and on mobile devices via the WatchESPN app.
Odds: Kentucky opened as a 13-point favorite. The line has shifted between 11 and 13 throughout the week. As of Saturday, the Wildcats are favored by 11 points.
Prediction: Check out our staff predictions for the game.
While we wait for the game, here’s the latest hype video from UK, which is sure to fire you up for what should be a cold night at Kroger Field:
Kentucky is coming off a mid-season bye week with an overall record of 5-1. There are now lofty goals in the horizon, including winning the SEC East, and that’s Saturday against Vanderbilt.
The Commodores are 4-3 on the season and will visit Kroger Field for homecoming in what should be a wild environment around Lexington. The team should be well rested and physically ready to finish this season with a bang.
The Wildcats’ defense has been nothing short of miraculous to this point and Josh Allen has become a household name around college football. I expect the defense to continue to lead by example and keep the Cats in contention each and every game.
A heavy dose of Benny Snell should be expected from here on out. Hopefully Terry Wilson can begin to settle in during his first season under center and get the ball to player makers like Lynn Bowden, Dorian Baker, and CJ Conrad.
With a week off and homecoming it is important that Kentucky comes out focused and ready to play on Saturday. The game will kick-off at 7:30 pm and be shown on the SEC network.
As usual in the Bluegrass, the weather has taken dramatic turns since the last time Kentucky took the field. Most of their games to this point have been in warmer temps, including a sweltering heat in their last game down in College Station. It will be interesting to see if the weather plays any factor as it is very possible to be in the low 40s or maybe even high 30s based off the forecast for this coming week.
Vandy will be coming off of a 37-27 home loss to Florida and remain winless in the SEC. Quarterback Kyler Shurmur has racked up 1400 yards passing with a 60.4% completion rate and 9 touchdowns for the season. The Commodores do have weapons on offense but have not been able to stop an SEC offense whatsoever.
In three games, Vanderbilt is giving up 40 points a game to SEC opponents. This one really has the chance to be a coming out party for Terry Wilson and the offense as a whole. I hope the week off allowed UK to put in some schemes to get the ball in big play makers hands besides Benny Snell.
With Georgia’s loss at LSU the doors have opened for Mark Stoops and his team to achieve something special in 2018. But the process still has to be taken one game at a time with a focus on getting better each week. The Cats defense has proven their dominance and I expect that to continue when Vandy comes to Lexington on Saturday.