Game Day Eve: Which Team Will We See Tomorrow?
Tomorrow at noon, Kentucky will attempt to do something it has only done once in my lifetime and twice in 35 years. Beat Tennessee.
They will also attempt to do something they have only done once in 35 years. Which is beat Tennessee in Knoxville.
In order for the Cats to win tomorrow, both the offense and defense will have to show up, which hasn't happened yet this year.
On the defensive side, Kentucky's unit came into the season will a lot of promise. A good mix of experience and talented youth which made us fans think that stops would be a reoccurring thing. Well, not so much.
In the first two games, Kentucky's defense gave up a total of 783 yards, forced zero turnovers, and surrendered 71 points. Absolutely terrible.
This past Saturday, against Mike Leach's air-raid offense, Kentucky gave up 295 yards, forced six turnovers, and gave up just two points. That's a little better.
On the offensive side, the Cats racked up 943 yards of offense, but committed four turnovers, and scored only 54 points. Actually, let's go ahead and add 14 to that total since both Chris Rodriguez and AJ Rose got cheated out of touchdowns.
However, last Saturday, Kentucky's offense couldn't move the ball on 11 trash cans. They mustered only 157 yards of offense. But, thanks to the defense, they won the game.
More specifically, Terry Wilson was 8-20 with 73 yards and one touchdown. I hate to single him out, and I don't think it was his fault, but those numbers have to be better.
A little problem Kentucky has had in the past few years is stopping Jarrett Guarantano, who isn't all that good, but always looks like a Heisman candidate against the Wildcats. In his career against Kentucky, Guarantano is 37-51 (73%), 554 yards, and four touchdowns.
I hate to say it, but Tennessee owns Kentucky in football. They haven't beaten the Vols in Knoxville since 1984 and haven't exactly played their best down there in the Stoops era.
If Kentucky's defense plays half as good as they did against the Bulldogs, Kentucky can compete with anyone. But, if we get the defense we saw in the first two, Kentucky's offense is going to have to hang 50 to have a chance.
I don't think Kentucky wins tomorrow, but I think we'll get a great game.