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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/30/13

Tennessee Volunteers (4-7) at Kentucky Wildcats (2-9)

College Football: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Commonwealth Stadium)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats +4 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers face off on Saturday for their final football games of the 2013 season.

The Kentucky Wildcats had hopes of an improvement this year on the football field but it never developed as the Cats have simply been outmanned and outcoached just about every week. Jalen Whitlow has had a rough year under center completing 61.6 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and five interceptions and rushing for 454 yards and six touchdowns. Raymond Sanders has rushed for 464 yards and three touchdowns and Jojo Kemp has rushed for 460 yards and three scores. Javess Blue has 40 receptions and three touchdowns and Ryan Timmons has 28 catches and two touchdowns to anchor an anemic UK passing attack. Avery Williamson as 96 tackles to anchor the Kentucky defense while Alvin Dupree has 56 tackles including seven sacks and Za’Darius Smith has six sacks. The Kentucky offense is averaging 21.1 points and 336.6 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 31.5 points and 428.1 yards per game. With basketball season underway Kentucky fans can only hope this football season soon becomes a distant memory.

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/30/13

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The Tennessee Volunteers won’t be going to a bowl this season as they let a win slip away last week. After an incorrect call was overturned the Vols failed to cover Vanderbilt’s best player allowing Jordan Mathews to catch a pass around the five yard line before Vandy punched it into the endzone for the win. Joshua Dobbs has been filling in at QB and while he brings mobility to the table he hasn’t run for a touchdown and he also hasn’t thrown for one but he does have five interceptions. Rajeon Neal has been Tennessee’s best offensive player rushing for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns and Marlin Lane has rushed for 503 yards and four touchdowns. Alton Howard has 42 catches and three touchdowns and Marquez North has 38 catches. A.J. Johnson has 97 tackles to lead Tennessee, Brian Randolph has 66 catches and four interceptions, and Dontavious Sapp has 59 tackles. This has been a disappointing first season for Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones.

Kentucky is 6-15 against the spread in their last 21 games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 3-12 against the spread in their last 15 SEC games. Tennessee is 1-4against the spread against a team with a losing record, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four SEC games. The home team has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.

Sometimes I have to wonder how either of these teams find their way out of the locker room and onto the field without losing something whether it be a football or not because if you are looking for moments where the players or coaches forgot how to play football, look at the game film from this season for these two teams. With that being said Tennessee has the better coach and the better talent on the roster but they can’t seem to put it together for 60 minutes so laying points with them on the road, even at Kentucky, just doesn’t seem like a great idea. 

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