The Cats vs. Vols rivalry goes back all the way to 1893. Overall, Tennessee has dominated Kentucky in the all-time football series 75-25-9. Between 1985 and 2010 the Vols owned Kentucky, beating them 25 years in a row.
But it was Kentucky who won the last meeting when they won 29-26 at home in 2017. UK has not beaten Tennessee while playing on the road since 1984, so this is another great opportunity for a marquee victory to make this season even more special than it already is.
Any road win in the SEC is great but winning at Neyland Stadium would be another major accomplishment, especially against a team desperately needed a win to stay in the hunt for a bowl game.
On Saturday, Tennessee took care of Charlotte beating them 14-3 at home in an ugly win. Charlotte actually controlled much of the game and even out gained the Vols in total yardage 244-192. It was far from an impressive victory for Tennessee, who didn’t even score after the first quarter. The Vols also only rushed for an embarrassing 20 yards on the day.
Still, the Vols control their own destiny in terms of making a bowl. They just need two more wins, but getting them won’t be easy with games vs. Kentucky, Missouri and at Vanderbilt.
As much as losing to Georgia stung, there is still reason to be excited, and winning on Saturday will rejuvenate the players and fans. A major bowl is still on the table, and Kentucky will need to regroup quickly before heading to Knoxville.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Game time: 3:30 pm EST on Saturday, Nov. 10
Location: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee
TV Channel: SEC Network
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Odds: Kentucky opened as a 3.5-point favorite. They’re actually 0-3 this season against the spread when favored (Central Michigan, Murray State and Vanderbilt).
Prediction: Currently, ESPN gives the Cats a 66.4-percent chance of winning. TeamRankings projects a 30-22 win for the Cats.