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21st October 2018 at 12:12 am #430810
The Kentucky Wildcats are an impressive 5-1 and coming off a bye, looking to resume their fantastic season and gain bowl eligibility in Week 8. Their opponent is the Vanderbilt Commodores, who will travel to Lexington for Saturday night’s contest at Kroger Field.
As you can see in the photo below, the Wildcats will wear blue helmets, blue jerseys, white pants and white cleats for Saturday’s game:
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A look at what oddsmakers and experts have to say about Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores.
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Coming out of their bye week, the Kentucky Wildcats are tied for first place in the SEC East. This weekend, they’ll start the second half of their season by playing host to the Vanderbilt Commodores at Kroger Field.
After the Wildcats’ 5-1 start, the next six games provide Kentucky an opportunity to pull off one of their best seasons in program history.
Despite their excellence in the first half of the season, Kentucky is favored over an SEC opponent for the first time this year. The Commodores (3-4) began their season 2-1 with a narrow loss at Notre Dame (currently ranked 4th) before having their doors blown off by both Georgia & South Carolina.
Last week’s emotional loss to the Florida Gators has the Commodores sixth in the SEC East & in search of their first conference win of the season.
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The Wildcats, on the other hand, are 3-1 in-conference with two of those wins vs. top-25 schools. In fact, all three came via upset according to oddsmakers in Las Vegas despite two of the games being played at Kroger Field.
Kentucky’s defense, which ranks fourth in scoring, 11th in total & 23rd vs. both the run & pass, has played their best football under head coach Mark Stoops. Benny Snell Jr., subtracting his inexcusable 13 carries at Texas A&M, has been nearly unstoppable thus far.
The Wildcats on Saturday are sure to have both their defense and rushing attack back on track against a less-than-mediocre Vanderbilt team. However, it’s their quarterback who needs a confidence boost.
Compared to starting SEC quarterbacks, Terry Wilson ranks second to last in both yards per attempt (6.22) & QBR (118.54). Wilson also ranks last in touchdown passes (3) while throwing the third-most interceptions (5).
Against the 98th-ranked Commodores’ defense, expect Wilson to bounce back accordingly with two weeks to prepare. If not, considering what Kentucky has at stake down the stretch, Big Blue Nation may see a change under center.
Football® – Vanderbilt vs Kentucky 2018 Live Stream College Football
As mentioned above, Kentucky has had a knack of playing down to the competition, and to a degree, that’s held true this year. Kentucky failed to cover the spread in home wins over Central Michigan and Murray State, the only two games that oddsmakers favored the Wildcats.
But as underdogs against Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Texas A&M, Kentucky covered the spread and went 3-1 in said games.
Last year, coming off a bye weekend, Kentucky was mauled by 38 points at Mississippi State. Rust never sleeps. So this year UK head coach Mark Stoops put in a new bye week plan. We’ll see if it worked when the Cats play host to Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kroger Field. The SEC Network has the telecast.
Check here for updates and analyis throughout the game. You can also follow our coverage on Twitter. Accounts to monitor include @johnclayiv, @jenheraldleader, @markcstory, @benrobertshl, @alexslitzphoto, @kentuckysports.
Kentucky players to watch
Benny Snell: UK’s star running back was held to just 60 yards on 13 carries in the Cats’ 20-14 overtime loss at Texas A&M last time out. He gained 22 yards on his final two attempts in regulation, then did not touch the ball in overtime. On the season, Snell is seventh nationally in yards per game, averaging 116.5. He rushed for 116 yards on 17 carries in UK’s 44-21 win at Vanderbilt last season.
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