It’s been no secret that Tennessee has dominated the series against Kentucky over their years of playing. Once known as “The Battle for the Beer Barrel”, Tennessee once held a streak against Kentucky akin to the Florida streak that was broken earlier this season.
Kentucky ended that long, painful 25 year streak against the Tennessee Volunteers on November 26th, 2011 in quite possibly the worst football game ever played, with the Wildcats playing a wide receiver at quarterback.
But while the Wildcats ended the first streak against Tennessee in 2011, they have another streak that is still on-going against the Vols.
Kentucky has not won in Knoxville since 1984.
The likes of Tim Couch, Jared Lorenzen, and Andre Woodson could not get a win down in Tennessee during their careers, but can Terry Wilson, Benny Snell, and Josh Allen do what those three legends couldn’t?
The past two times that the Wildcats have won in the series (2011, 2017) have been in Lexington. With a top-11 team rolling into Knoxville, there’s no doubt that the Vols will be ready to play one of their best games of the season against the Wildcats. It’s a must-win for Tennessee, but it’s also a must-win for Kentucky if they wish to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game for the first time in program history.
Along with a NY6 bowl game birth on the line, The Kentucky Wildcats are playing to get their first win in Knoxville in over 30 years.
It’s a huge game for both teams, but with the pressure of winning the SEC East off of the Wildcats, they can go out there and just play ball and have a chance to wrap up a potential huge bowl game birth, second place in the SEC East, a shot to end the season in the top 10 for the first time in program history, and a win in Knoxville.