Kentucky at Tennessee: 10/17/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Tennessee Volunteers (2-0) vs Kentucky Wildcats (0-2)
Game Info: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Neyland Stadium)
Betting Odds: Tennessee Volunteers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Kentucky Wildcats will travel to Neyland Stadium to take on the 18th ranked Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Kentucky Wildcats picked up their first win of the season and improved to 1-2 (1-2 SEC) on the season after defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 24-2, this past Saturday. Kentucky had an outstanding defensive effort agianst Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offense and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 21-2 lead on a pick-six by the Wildcats Jordan Wright with 6:25 left in regulation. Kentucky was outgained by Mississippi State by a 295-157 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 6-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was QB Terry Wilson who completed 8 of 20 passes for 73 yards & 1 TD while also adding 50 yards rushing on the ground.
On the season, Kentucky is averaging 26.0 ppg on 366.7 total yards per game (154.3 passing yds/g; 212.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kentucky has been led by QB Terry Wilson who has completed 61.3% of his passes for 463 yards, 2 TD’s and an INT. Wilson is also the leading rusher for the Wildcats as he has 221 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 48 carries, Also, in the backfield with Wilson has been Christopher Rodriguez Jr. (33 att, 184 yards, 3 TD) and Asim Rose (30 att, 170 yards, TD). The top receivers for the Wildcats have been Josh Ali (18 rec, 208 yards) and Akeem Hayes (4 rec, 54 yards, TD).
Defensively, Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 24.3 ppg on 359.3 total yards per game (276.0 passing yds/g; 83.3 rushing yds/g).
The 18th ranked Tennessee Volunteers dropped to 2-1 (2-1 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs, 44-21, this past Saturday. Tennessee went into halftime with a 21-17 lead, however, the Volunteers were dominated on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half and could not fight back after Georgia took a 37-21 lead with 10:31 left in the 4th quarter. Tennessee was outgained by Georgia by a 431-214 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Volunteers was WR Josh Palmer who had 71 yards and 2 TD’s on 4 receptions.
On the season, Tennessee is averaging 29.0 ppg on 343.3 total yards per game (222.0 passing yds/g; 121.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Tennessee has been led by QB Jerrett Guarantano who has completed 62.2% of his passes for 664 yards, 4 TD, and 1 INT while also adding 3 rushing TD’s. In the backfield for the Volunteers has been the duo of Ty Chandler (40 att, 187 yards, TD) and Eric Gray (36 att, 170 yards, 2 TD). The leading receivers for Tennessee have been Josh Palmer (14 rec, 227 yards, 3 TD), Brandon Johnson (9 rec, 118 yards), Eric Gray (10 rec, 98 yards, TD), and Velus Jones Jr. (6 rec, 51 yards).
Defensively, Tennessee is allowing their opponents to average 27.7 ppg on 384.7 total yards per game (248.7 passing yds/g; 136.0 rushing yds/g).
The Wildcats are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 2-1 ATS in their last 3 road games. The Volunteers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing record, however, are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games.
Tennessee is a better team than we have seen in recent years, however, I do not think they are a top-20 team in the country despite having a solid defense. Kentucky is better than their 1-2 record might indicate and showed how outstanding their defense can be in their recent victory at Mississippi State. I think that this game is going to be a low-scoring, close battle and as I think Kentucky will have a chance to pull of the victory late in this one, I think the play here is to take the Wildcats and the points. Good Luck!