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Kentucky vs. Tennessee game thread and pregame reading

The Cats and Vols square off in Knoxville.

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The Kentucky Wildcats (1-2) take on the 18th ranked Tennessee Volunteers (2-1) in Knoxville at 12 pm ET on SEC Network. You can stream the game online at Watch ESPN or with a free trial of fuboTV.

This is a matchup that both fan bases get excited for as the rivalry dates back over a hundred years.

While Tennessee has dominated that rivalry in the winning column, the games are usually a lot of fun and there’s always great banter between the two programs.

So far this season, it’s fair to say that Tennessee is the favorite. They have looked good in their wins, and they held a lead over Georgia at halftime only to give up 27 unanswered points in the 2nd half.

Although, don’t count the Cats out. This game last year came down to a goal line stand for Tennessee to hold on. Both teams didn’t lose much from last season so be sure to expect a highly competitive game.

Right now, the spread is bouncing from TEN -6 to TEN -4.5, depending on what sportsbook you look at, but I think it’s going to be a much closer game than that.

The Cats’ defense looked tremendous in their last outing, catching 6 interceptions and returning 1 for a touchdown and another that put them at the goal line.

This defense was expected to make big plays this season. If Kentucky is going to have a chance today, it will be on the backs of that experienced defense.

Are you ready!? Check out some pregame reads before the action starts.