What’s at stake on Saturday?

Kentucky at Tennessee

Saturday November 15, 2014 | Knoxville | 4:00pm EST

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The Vols have defeated the ‘Cats 28 of the last 29 meetings of this historic border rivalry. Tennessee dominance notwithstanding, these two teams will meet each other with nearly equal records (Big Blue with 5-5/2-5; Big Orange with 4-5/1-4).

But if there is such a thing as momentum in sports, right now the Vols seem to have it and the Wildcats don’t.

Joshua Dobbs has breathed new life into a comatose Tennessee offense. And last week’s break in the schedule will help heal some bruises and fatigue.

On the other side, Kentucky hasn’t had an off week in a couple of months and has lost their last four games by an average of 23 points.

What’s at stake on Saturday? The winner of this game (Kentucky for sure; Tennessee probably) will secure their first bowl bid since 2010. Dreadfully for the Wildcats, one more win for six victories and a bowl bid has been the rallying cry for the last month. A loss to the Vols Saturday and to Louisville in two weeks to close the season will keep the ‘Cats stuck on the nickel.

It looks like the game in Knoxville might be the fourth sellout of Neyland Stadium this season. Utah State, Florida, and Alabama were the previous sellouts. A full house against Kentucky would be a welcome turnaround of late season empty seats that have featured in Knoxville over the past few seasons.

And who knows but a full house on Saturday might be the difference between a bowl game and a fourth consecutive bowl-less season for Tennessee.

Here’s to changes in fortune…

Tennessee 29 Kentucky 17

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3 responses to “What’s at stake on Saturday?”

  1. bert says :

    100% agree that the teams are going in different directions and that dobbs
    has invigorated the offense….

    still, Kentucky has shown signs that they can compete and we know how
    much these two teams don’t get along….

    that being said, the vols are on a high and it continues…..

    Ky 24
    Tn 38

  2. rockytop78 says :

    Kentucky laid 31 points on Georgia (okay, we scored 32 on Georgia), and also put up 31 on Mississippi State and 38 on South Carolina, plus taking Florida into 3 overtimes in Gainesville. I watched part of the Kentucky-Mississippi State game, and Kentucky has a tall, strong, and mobile quarterback who was running through the MSU defense like a hot knife through butter.

    Granted, all of the scoring outbursts that I listed above were on Kentucky’s home field; but they certainly have the capability to put up some points.

    I too think that home field advantage will help the Vols; but this is a game that can be easily lost, unless the Vols stay focussed and play good defense:

    Tennessee 35
    Kentucky 31

  3. TK says :

    I’m really at a loss as to what this score could be but I believe folks are expecting a wider margin of victory than I am. But hen also these are the type games that have the potential to be blowouts. I’m not going with the blowout though……Vols 31 – Cats 27. 4 o’clock in the cold on the river…GO VOLS

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