Kentucky (2-9, 0-7 SEC)at Tennessee (4-7, 0-7)
When: 12:21 p.m.
Where: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: WKYT-27 (SEC Network)
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Radio: WLAP-AM 630, WBUL-FM 98.1, Sirius Channel 132, XM Channel 199
Series: Tennessee leads 74-24-9
Last meeting: Kentucky won 10-7 on Nov. 26, 2011, in Commonwealth Stadium.
Line: Tennessee by 13The keysWho wants it?
Welcome to the Turmoil Bowl. Kentucky's head coach, Joker Phillips, has been fired and will be coaching the Wildcats for the final time Saturday. Tennessee's head coach, Derek Dooley, has been fired and chose not to coach the Volunteers for a final time Saturday. Instead, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as interim head man for the Orange. Amidst the ample upheaval, which team shows up ready to play?
Tennessee has a bad defense (14th in the SEC in both yards and points allowed). Kentucky has a bad offense (14th in the SEC in both yards gained and points scored). Kentucky has a bad defense (12th in the SEC in points allowed, 10th in yards allowed). But Tennessee has a good offense (fourth in the SEC in points scored, second in yards gained). For Kentucky to have a chance, the Cats' defense has to slow down the Volunteers.
In four games away from Commonwealth Stadium this season, Kentucky's "Kiddie Cats" have been outscored 152-31. With a chance to give UK its first back-to-back victories over Tennessee since 1976 and '77, has a Wildcats team with 12 true freshmen and five redshirt freshmen (not counting specialists) on its depth chart this week grown enough to produce a viable road effort?The moodIs one of relief and anticipation. Whatever happens in Neyland Stadium, both the UK and UT fan bases are more animated over who will be their schools' new coaches than Saturday's outcome. Still, if UK were to upset the Rocky Toppers for a second year in a row, it would make Phillips the first UK head man to beat Tennessee more than once since Fran Curci (who did it three times, 1976, '77 and '81). For a UK alumnus like Joker, that would be a nice parting gift.