UT-UK matchup chart

UT-UK matchup chart

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of the Tennessee Vols and Kentucky Wildcats, who meet Saturday night in Lexington:

Game #: 1167
Site: Lexington
Date: Nov. 28
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Kiffin and for the Wildcats - Brooks


Vols

Wildcats
OLCOMMENTSOL

Both groups are solid. Tennessee averages 4.5 yards per carry, Kentucky 4.6. Tennessee has allowed 11 sacks, Kentucky 14.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

UK freshman Morgan Newton has six career starts and averages 90 passing yards per game. UT senior Jonathan Crompton has 18 career starts and averages 213 passing yards per game.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Montario Hardesty averages 5.0 yards per carry, UK's Derrick Locke 4.9. Both catch the ball well out of the backfield. They might be the two most underrated players in the SEC.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

UT's Gerald Jones (36 receptions, 13.8 yards per catch) and Denarius Moore (35 receptions, 13.0 yards per catch) more than offset UK's Randall Cobb (33 receptions, 12.2 yards per catch).


Vols

Wildcats
DLCOMMENTSDL

Tennessee's Dan Williams is playing like a man among boys and Chris Walker is a pass-rushing whiz when healthy. UK allows nearly 40 more rushing yards per game than UT, which suggests the front is a little soft.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Rico McCoy is playing on one leg, and he's the HEALTHY guy in Tennessee's linebacking corps. Kentucky's LBs are nothing special but they're healthy.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

UT's Eric Berry and UK's Trevard Lindley are first-round NFL Draft picks. The return of Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson is huge.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

UK's Derrick Locke averages 30.5 yards on kickoff returns and Randall Cobb averages 13.3 yards on punt returns. Kentucky also has more stability in its field-goal kicking.


Vols

Wildcats
INTANGIBLES

Kentucky has incredible incentive after losing the past 24 meetings in the series plus a significant home-field advantage.

PREDICTION

Tennessee always finds a way to beat Kentucky and Kentucky always finds a way to lose to Tennessee.

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