Kentucky and Tennessee will face off in a key SEC East meeting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 28. The Wildcats are 4-point favorites. Find full odds and our picks on the game below.
Kentucky-Tennessee, Week 9 betting odds
Kentucky football is currently a 4-point favorite over Tennessee for the Week 9 SEC college football game in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats last week lost to Mississippi State, 45-7, and Tennessee is coming off a 45-7 loss against Alabama. The point total for the game is currently 46.
Kentucky-Tennessee betting picks
Kentucky (-4) vs. Tennessee
Joe Mussatto: Kentucky has beaten Tennessee just once since 1984, but when have the Vols been this bad? A win against Tennessee, no matter how bad the Vols are, will get Kentucky back on track after an embarrassing loss at Mississippi State. Kentucky 30, Tennessee 24.
Kyle Tucker: If ever the Wildcats were set up to record just their second win against the Vols since 1984, this is it. Butch Jones is on the hot seat, Tennessee is a dumpster fire and Kentucky absolutely has to seize this opportunity. Kentucky 24, Tennessee 17.
Kentucky-Tennessee betting preview
- Both teams are coming off of 45-7 losses. Kentucky was blown out by Mississippi State in Starkville and Tennessee was manhandled by Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Volunteers haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in 14 quarters.
- Days before this game was set to kick off, Tennessee suffered its biggest loss of this weekend. John Kelly, the Volunteers’ star running back and best offensive player, has been suspended after being cited for marijuana possession after a traffic stop. Kelly scored 6 of Tennessee’s 16 offensive touchdowns this season. He also accounts for 70.5 percent of Tennessee’s rushing yards this season.
- Kentucky has had a huge drop-off in its rushing attack this season. After averaging 234 rushing yards per game in 2016, the Wildcats now average 135 per game. However, Kentucky might have an opportunity against Tennessee as the Volunteers own the conference’s second-worst run defense, surrendering 248 rushing yards per game.
- Before the Mississippi State game, Kentucky was stingy with the ball, with a plus-8 turnover margin. But he Wildcats turned the ball over twice against the Bulldogs with no takeaways.
- Tennessee leads the overall series against Kentucky 79-24-9, and the Wildcats have won just one time since 1984 — in 2011.