When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
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Records: Kentucky (7-2, 5-2 SEC); Tennessee (4-5, 1-4 SEC)
Series: Tennessee leads 79-25-9
Last meeting: Kentucky defeated Tennessee 29-26 on Oct. 26, 2017, at Kroger Field in Lexington
Favorite: Kentucky is favored by 5 1/2 points
The story line
Coming off a loss to Georgia in the de facto SEC East championship game, Kentucky seeks to avoid falling prey to a letdown at Tennessee in what is the epitome of a “trap game.” The Wildcats will seek to win in Knoxville for the first time since 1984 and to defeat the Volunteers in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1976 and ‘77.
The big threat
Marquez Callaway. The junior wide receiver leads the Volunteers with 30 receptions that have gone for 402 yards. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound product of Warner Robins, Ga., took a punt 82 yards to the house to get Tennessee on the scoreboard in what became a 14-3 slog past Charlotte last week.
On the spot
The Kentucky defense. After doing stellar work through the season’s first eight games, the Wildcats’ defense was gashed by Georgia to the tune of 331 rushing yards and 444 total yards in a 34-17 drubbing. For a UK team whose offense has not scored as many as 20 points in any of its last four games, it is imperative that the Wildcats’ “D” not lose its mojo down the stretch.
Is apprehensive. For the Cats to complete a “special season,” a victory at UT is a must — and Kentucky has been a better football team than Tennessee in 2018. History has painfully taught Wildcats backers, however, that nothing ever comes easy for UK football teams vs. the Rocky Toppers.
Mark Story: (859) 231-3230; Twitter: @markcstory