Kentucky at Tennessee - 11/7/20 Early look College Football GOY Picks and Predictions
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Kentucky Wildcats (0-0) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2020 in Knoxville, TN
The Line: Tennessee -7.0 -- Over/Under:
The Kentucky Wildcats are on the road for an SEC tilt with the Tennessee Volunteers, on November 7, 2020. Kentucky finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (8-5), while Tennessee also went (8-5). Tennessee beat Kentucky during the 2019 season, 17-13. Let’s take a closer look at each program. Get College Football predictions at Pick Dawgz.
Kentucky will have a completely different identity on offense for the 2020 campaign, as the Wildcats main player on offense has moved onto the NFL. Lynn Bowden Jr. seemed to do just about everything for Kentucky on offense, as he saw plenty of time at quarterback, running back, and receiver. He collected at least 650 yards at all three respective positions. However, Kentucky will see their 2020 season led by quarterback Sawyer Smith. Smith passed for almost 700 yards, while tossing 4 touchdowns to 5 picks during the 2019 season. Kentucky will also be counting on running back Asim Rose against Tennessee and throughout the season. Rose is back for a senior campaign, after totaling over 800 yards rushing. For more on Kentucky, check out the team preview.
Tennessee will have the luxury of Jarrett Guarantano returning for the 2020 season. Guarantano passed for over 2,000 yards last season, while throwing 16 touchdowns. Last season the quarterback passed for 115 yards, completing 7 of 8 passes, while tossing 2 touchdowns. This was a game where Tennessee trailed 13-0, but rallied for 17 straight points. The Volunteers found solid play out of their defense a year ago, which helped Tennessee collect 8 wins on the season. However, Tennessee will be without some of those key defensive players during the 2020 campaign. For more on Tennessee, check out the team preview.
Overview: The Tennessee Volunteers are currently 7 point favorites in this early game of the year prediction. Both teams finished last season with 8 wins, but both programs will look completely different from last year's team. Tennessee has a more balanced offense heading into 2020, while Kentucky will be shuffling pieces around to see which players gel the best in their offensive scheme. Tennessee lost their main core players on their defense from last season, so the defense could be questionable at times. However, this is one of the games where the defense shouldn’t be questionable. The Kentucky offense will be a work in progress at times, therefore the Volunteers defense should be good enough to get the job done in this one. I’ll put stock in the Tennessee Volunteers to cover this spread at home.