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Can Kentucky football execute a bounce-back on Saturday versus Tennessee?

Seven of UK’s top 18 tacklers are from Ohio, including three of the top five in Mike Edwards, left, and fellow senior safety Darius West. Edwards is from Cincinnati and West is from Lima.
Seven of UK’s top 18 tacklers are from Ohio, including three of the top five in Mike Edwards, left, and fellow senior safety Darius West. Edwards is from Cincinnati and West is from Lima. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Kentucky and Tennessee renew their college football border rivalry Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Kroger Field in an SEC game on the SEC Network.

Both teams are trying to get up off the mat. Both lost by identical 45-7 scores last Saturday. UK was drubbed at Mississippi State. Tennessee was drubbed at No. 1-ranked Alabama. Kentucky is now 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. Tennessee is 3-4 overall and 0-4 in the league.

So can Kentucky bounce back against the Vols? Or will Tennessee turn its season around? Herald-Leader UK football beat writer Jennifer Smith and I discuss the events leading up to Saturday’s kickoff and what might happen in a series in which Tennessee has won 31 of the last 32 games.

Earlier this week I talked with WNML Sports Radio talk show host Jimmy Hyams of Knoxville about the Volunteers.

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Tennessee at Kentucky

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Kroger Field in Lexington

TV: SEC Network with Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic

Radio: UK Network with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel

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