KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Sluggish starts have been a problem all season for Tennessee, so can the Vols avoid sleepwalking through a noon date with Kentucky?
Tennessee needs to win Saturday to keep pace in the SEC East standings and continue to put pressure on Florida.
“It just throws off everything that you do,” former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge said on the challenges of playing at noon.
“You don’t get to hang out in the hotel and watch College GameDay. You don’t have that two or three hours to go back and revisit and watch the tape, go back over the gameplan. You don’t get that little bit of time to go down to the lobby and visit with a family member, mom or dad, and relax and get away from it a little bit.”
On Friday’s podcast, WMNL’s Josh Ward previews Saturday’s showdown between the Vols and Wildcats with SEC Country’s Jesse Simonton and Kyle Tucker.
They discuss Tennessee’s renewed enthusiasm and how to balance fun with focus.
Also on the docket:
* Talking recruiting and the future of the running back position at Tennessee
* Three official visitors for Saturday
* Kentucky’s ground game
* And basketball coach Rick Barnes previewing Tennessee’s season-opener against Chattanooga on Friday
Tennessee (6-3) will host Kentucky (5-4) at noon Saturday in Neyland Stadium.