Kentucky and Vanderbilt face off in a Week 11 college football game on Saturday, November 11, as the Wildcats look to avoid a late-season swoon. Find the game time, TV channel, and how to watch online information below.
Kentucky saw its dim SEC East title hopes fade to black a week ago in a 3-point loss to Ole Miss. Now the Wildcats — already bowl eligible at 6-3 — look to get back in the win column as a 9-win season isn’t out of the question. In all likelihood, Kentucky would have to win two of its final three regular-season games and then a bowl game to hit that rare mark in Lexington. That Week 12 game against No. 1-ranked Georgia looks like the only sure loss left on the schedule.
Kentucky leads the overall series against Vanderbilt 43-42-4, but the Wildcats haven’t had a winning streak against the Commodores since 2009-2010.
Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Location: Vanderbilt Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Line: Vanderbilt -2
Which TV channel is Kentucky-Vanderbilt on?
The SEC Network will broadcast the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game. Find the SEC Network on your cable provider here.
How can I watch Kentucky-Vanderbilt online?
Fans can watch the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game online at WatchESPN or via the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Vanderbilt on the radio?
Fans can listen to the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game on the radio via the UK Sports Network. Find your local UK Sports Network affiliate here.
The game will also be aired on satellite radio on XM Channel 191 and on Sirius Channel 157.
Kentucky-Vanderbilt football preview, keys to the game
3. Stay on the right side of turnover margin. For the first six games, Kentucky was one of the best teams in the nation at holding onto the ball with a turnover margin of plus-8. Since then, the Wildcats are minus-6 over the last three games, a stretch in which they’ve gone 1-2. In their 3 losses, Kentucky didn’t finish any game on the plus-side in turnover margin. There are major issues with Kentucky’s pass defense, but to help mitigate that disadvantage, the Wildcats need to hold onto the ball and not give the Commodores more chances on offense.
2. Hold Kyle Shurmur to under 60 percent passing. That’s Vanderbilt’s magic number on offense. In games in which Shurmur has completed at least 60 percent of his passes, Vanderbilt is 4-0. In games where the quarterback is held under that mark, the Commodores are 0-5. Kentucky will give up big plays — it has in each game — but it can’t let Vanderbilt embark on long, sustained drives. Keeping Vanderbilt behind the chart in down-and-distance will go a long way, meaning if it can stay stout on run downs and set up third-and-longs, Shurmur’s completion percentage will suffer.
1. Snell ya later. Kentucky has been feeding running back Benny Snell over the last few weeks, and while the results haven’t been there in the win column, the sophomore is quietly the SEC’s leading rusher. Getting Snell going early and often is even more important against Vanderbilt, and the key number is 200. Snell doesn’t have to run for 200 yards, but Kentucky needs to as a team. Vanderbilt is 1-5 when the opposing team rushes for 200 yards, and the only win came on a controversial fumble reversal against Kansas State. Vanderbilt’s run defense has been Jekyll and Hyde this year, and Kentucky — which has been good on the ground the last two games — needs to continue that trend.