How Kentucky and Vanderbilt match up for Saturday's game in Nashville:
True freshman Max Smith is 45-for-69 for 457 yards with two touchdown passes and no interceptions in the past two games for Kentucky. Since becoming the Vanderbilt starter three games ago, dual-threat junior Jordan Rodgers is averaging 241 yards a game passing and 60.7 yards rushing.
Over the past three games, CoShik Williams has put up 107.7 yards a contest rushing and energized the UK ground game. Raymond Sanders is expected back from an ankle injury for the Cats. Vandy's Zac Stacy (84 yards a game) is sixth in the Southeastern Conference in rushing.
After catching 20 passes in the past two games, Matt Roark (32 catches) is now eighth in the SEC in receptions a game. La'Rod King (34 catches, seven TDs) is UK's top receiver. Freshman Jordan Matthews (23 catches) leads four Vandy wide-outs who have all caught at least 17 passes.
UK's Nick Melillo caught three passes last week against Mississippi and is now tied for third on the team with 10 catches. Vandy's Brandon Barden also has 10 catches and is averaging 12.9 yards a game.
After giving up 21 sacks in UK's first five games, Kentucky has allowed only five in the four games since. Led by junior guard Larry Warford, the Cats line has begun to open holes in the running game, too. Right tackle Kyle Fischer is the only Vandy lineman to start all nine games in the same position. The Commodores have allowed 22 sacks and opened holes for a rushing attack that ranks seventh in the SEC.
Kentucky wide-load defensive tackles Donte Rumph and Mister Cobble both are battling ankle injuries, but the two sophomores are expected to play. Tackle Rob Lohr (11.5 tackles for loss) and end Tim Fugger (five sacks) lead a rugged Vandy defensive front.
Kentucky's superb Danny Trevathan has 34 tackles in the past two games. The senior is also tied for fifth in the SEC with four interceptions. If injured linebacker/rush end Ridge Wilson (shoulder) can't go, true freshman Alvin Dupree would start in his place. Vandy middle linebacker Chris Marve (65 tackles) is a high-caliber player.
Hybrid safety/linebacker Winston Guy is second in the SEC in tackles (93) and tied for fourth in tackles for loss (11). Vandy cornerback Casey Hayward has five picks and is second in the league in passes defended. Strong safety Sean Richardson has 44 tackles.
Behind Ryan Tydlacka, Kentucky is second in the SEC in net punting (39.6 yards a kick). Craig McIntosh missed a field goal and an extra point last week but has been solid overall. Vanderbilt ranks ahead of UK in the SEC in kickoff returns, kickoff coverage and punt returns. The Commodores are only 4-for-8 on field-goal tries.