Kentucky ranks third among SEC teams in total offense at 441.5 yards per game and has allowed just 13 sacks all year. That means somebody's doing some serious blocking.
Mike Hartline ranks second among SEC quarterbacks in passing yards (264.2 per game), passer efficiency (168.6) and passing TDs (22). The Vols' Tyler Bray is gifted but he's still a freshman.
Tennessee's Tauren Poole (935 yards) rates a slight edge over UK's Derrick Locke (718 yards), since Locke has had some injury problems.
The Cats' Randall Cobb (66 catches, 12.7 yards per catch) and Chris Matthews (51 catches, 15.9 ypc) are a fine duo but UT has a fine trio in Denarius Moore (19.6 yards per catch), Gerald Jones (10.8 ypc) and Justin Hunter (27.1 ypc).
Kentucky is even worse at stopping the run (178.6 yards per game) and rushing the passer (19 sacks) than Tennessee (155.8 yards per game, 21 sacks).
Kentucky's Danny Trevathan leads the SEC with 120 tackles, partly because he isn't getting a whole lot of help.
UK ranks second among SEC teams in pass defense (168.4 yards per game) but that's mostly because teams run so effectively against the Big Blue that they don't have to throw much. UT actually ranks higher in pass-defense efficiency.
Until the Vols manage to go two games in a row without mishandling a punt, this category will go to the opponent.
Tennessee has the home-field advantage and the incentive of needing a win to be bowl eligible. Kentucky has the law of averages on its side after 25 consecutive losses in the series.
The Big Orange in a high-scoring squeaker, 34-31
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