Tennessee and Kentucky have both had season’s to forget heading into their gridiron border war Saturday. Both teams are 0-7 in SEC play and had their head coaches fired because of the struggles during the last month. While 2013 seemingly can’t come soon enough for either team, a win against their arch-rival Saturday would at least provide some redemptive value to the 2012 college football season.
Kentucky had gone more than two months without a victory before finally dispatching of Division I-AA Samford, 34-3, to earn just its second win of the season last week. Things haven’t been much better for Tennessee. The Volunteers have dropped six of their last seven games with the lone win coming against Troy on Nov. 3. Last week, Tennessee was throttled by in-state rival Vanderbilt 41-18.
The college football odds have Tennessee listed as a comfortable 13.5-point home favorite against lowly Kentucky with the over/under installed at 61 points.
Tennesse is a nearly two-touchdown favorite largely because they can actually move the ball with some consistency, a trait Kentucky has been unable to match this year.
The Vols attack is led by quarterback Tyler Bray, who many believe has budding NFL-caliber talent. Bray has thrown for over 3,300 yards and 30 touchdowns this season to propel Tennessee to 317.6 yards a game through the air, which is 13th-best in the nation.
Bray is aided by wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, who combined for 112 receptions and 12 touchdowns this season.
Kentucky’s pedestrian offensive attack, which ranks 116th in the nation, is paced by junior running back Raymond Sanders and freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow. The Wildcats have no discernible offensive identity and figure to struggle to move the ball once again versus Tennessee.
The Vols look like a live favorite in this one when you consider the gulf between these teams two offenses. Look for Tennessee to put up plenty of points and coast to the 13.5-point cover.