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Kentucky (5-5) at Tennessee (4-5)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 15, 4 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Neyland Stadium (102,455) -- Knoxville, Tennessee. Television: SEC Network. Home Record: UK 5-2, Tennessee 3-2. Away Record: UK 0-3, Tennessee 1-3. Neutral Record: UK 0-0, Tennessee 0-0. Conference Record: UK 2-5, Tennessee 1-4. Series Record: Tennessee leads, 76-24-9.

GAME NOTES: The Kentucky Wildcats will play their final SEC game of the season on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Neyland Stadium to face off against the Tennessee Volunteers.

The first half of Kentucky's season was outstanding, as it opened up 5-1, effectively topping its combined win total from the 2012 and 2013 seasons, but since then it has fallen back on its losing ways with four straight setbacks. The Wildcats had no answer for the Georgia offense a week ago, falling on the wrong end of a 63-31 decision.

Tennessee had lost its first four SEC games of the season but broke out of its slump with an outstanding 45-42 overtime win at South Carolina on Nov. 1 for just its fourth league win in its last 21 tries. The Vols are 4-5 overall and now return home to Neyland Stadium where they've won three of five.

The Vols have controlled the all-time series with Kentucky by a 76-24-9 count. Their 27-14 triumph over the Wildcats last season in Lexington was their second straight in the series.

Kentucky's offense (29.4 ppg, 402.3 ypg) has been solid this season. Last week it put up 34 points, but most of that production came with the game already decided.

Patrick Towles has brought some much-needed stability to the quarterback position, as he's attempted 339 of the team's 347 passes this season. He's completing just 58.4 percent of his attempts but throws for 237.4 ypg while accounting for 19 touchdowns to just six interceptions.

Ryan Timmons leads the team in both receptions (41) and yards (508) and has scored a pair of touchdowns. Demarco Robinson has 30 receptions, 438 yards and a touchdown, while Javess Blue (385 yards, five TDs) is explosive with 18.3 yards per catch.

The balanced ground game boasts five rushers, including Towles, who have at least 264 yards and multiple scores. Stanley Williams (361 yards, three TDs) leads the way on nearly seven yards per touch.

The Wildcats' defense (28.1 ppg, 390.0 ypg) has been much improved this season, but none of that progress showed last week in allowing Georgia to amass 559 yards.

Josh Forrest is the foundation at middle linebacker with 82 tackles, 8.0 TFL, a sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Alvin Dupree is also a well- rounded playmaker with 53 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, an interception and a blocked kick. A.J. Stamps and Marcus McWilson each have three picks.

The Vols' offense has not been very explosive this season, as they average just 26.2 ppg and 367.1 ypg, but their last time out they were a well-oiled machine with an astounding 645 yards.

Filling in for an injured Justin Worley (1,579 yards, 12 TDs, eight INTs), Joshua Dobbs was fantastic, throwing for 301 yards, rushing for 166 yards and accounting for five touchdowns in leading the team back from a 14-point deficit in the final two minutes. With Worley questionable to return this week, Dobbs could have another opportunity to shine.

Jalen Hurd was also great for the Vols' potent rushing attack against South Carolina with 125 yards. The true freshman now has 598 yards on 134 carries this season with two scores.

Alton Howard (35 receptions, 401 yards, TD) and Marquez North (30 receptions, 320 yards, four TDs) are in the midst of solid seasons out wide.

Tennessee's solid defense has strong enough to mask its less-than-stellar offense, yielding 25.0 ppg and 375.0 ypg while forcing 17 turnovers.

A.J. Johnson is one of the nation's best linebackers and has tallied 96 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception and a blocked kick. Derek Barnett is a menace behind the line of scrimmage with 14.0 TFL and 7.0 sacks. Curt Maggitt (9.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks), Cameron Sutton (30 tackles, three INTs) and Jalen Reeves-Maybin (71 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries) are also having strong seasons.

With Tennessee carrying with it some momentum returning to its home field, it should have the upper hand against a Kentucky squad that hasn't had many things go right of late.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tennessee 31, Kentucky 28

11/12 11:02:26 ET