Tennessee is fighting to become bowl eligible against Kentucky
Technically, the Tennessee Volunteers and Kentucky Wildcats are rivals. It usually works out that the Wildcats are leaps and bounds better at basketball, while the same can be said for Tennessee and football. Hey, that never stopped Missouri and Kansas from vehemently hating each other! Having said that, these are legitimate rivals this year, as both sit at 1-6 in the SEC. This is the last game of Kentucky's season, but Tennessee managed to win one more non-conference game than the Wildcats, and they are bowl eligible if they win.
We can easily forgive Bray for his two costly interceptions last week; we were so happy to see him for one, and there were five weeks of rust to account for as well. I would still argue that it was better for the Vols to win the way they did anyway, slaying a number of demons that would've otherwise stayed alive had Bray not thrown that pick six and Tennessee kept Vandy at a safe distance.
It was the first time Bray completed less than 50% of his passes (just barely, at 16 of 33) in a game he started. With the rust knocked off and his thumb a week stronger, expect fewer mistakes and more big plays from Bray.
When running the ball, UT will go with 5'10" 215-pound senior Tauren Poole. On the year, Poole has rushed for 661 yards and five touchdowns on 178 carries (3.7 yards per carry). Poole will also catch the ball out of the backfield, evidenced by his 18 receptions for 152 yards (8.4 ypr). The Tennessee tailback is a bullish runner between the tackles, but has the speed to get to the edges.
Game date, time: 12:21 pm ET, Saturday, November 26
Location: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky
TV channel: SEC Network/ESPN3
Spread: Tennessee favored by 7 1/2 points
Series history: Tennessee leads all-time series 72-22-9
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