Kentucky’s 45-7 blowout loss at Mississippi State last weekend could be forgotten by this Saturday night, or the Wildcats could spiral into a free fall. That’s what’s at stake for Kentucky when it welcomes Tennessee to Kroger Field.
SEC Country Kentucky writers Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto preview the matchup in this episode of Sound Off.
- The game against Mississippi State was validation for all who said Kentucky’s 5-1 start to the season was hollow. Kentucky traveled to Starkville, Miss., with the South Carolina game as the only quality win on its record. Beating Mississippi State could have cemented Kentucky’s legitimacy, but instead, the Wildcats failed. What does this mean for coach Mark Stoops’ squad moving forward. (1:18)
- Kentucky has beaten Tennessee just once since 1984, but in a rare turn of events, the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 SEC) are favored to beat the Volunteers (3-4, 0-4). Coach Butch Jones’ seat is on fire and a loss to Kentucky might accelerate the firing process. But if Kentucky loses to Tennessee, how will fans react? (4:08)
- Kentucky is sticking with its heavy run attack on offense, but the stats show a significant decrease in the Wildcats’ ability to run the ball, based on where they were last season. Kentucky is averaging 100 fewer rushing yards per game than it was a year ago. Can the Wildcats still stick with this game plan despite major personnel losses? (7:37)