What’s at stake on Saturday?
Kentucky at Tennessee
Saturday November 15, 2014 | Knoxville | 4:00pm EST
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