Historical and individual accomplishments are on the line when the Cats take the Neyland Stadium turf to play Tennessee Saturday at 3:30 on the SEC Network.
A win would firmly cement this Kentucky team as one of the best to ever take the field. The last time Kentucky beat the Vols at Neyland was also the last year the Cats won eight regular season games, 1984. A win would improve UK’s record to 6-2 in the SEC and secure a spot alone at second in the SEC East. Only one other UK team has won six SEC games, the 1977 Wildcats.
The UK record books could change this Saturday as well. Josh Allen needs two sacks and three tackles for loss to own each UK career record. Allen has recorded three tackles for loss twice (Central Michigan, South Carolina) and at least two sacks in five games this season.
Mike Edwards could also join an elite club. The Kentucky Badger is just seven tackles away from becoming the 19th member of the 300-tackle club. Only one other UK defensive back has made 300 tackles, Daryl Bishop (1971-73).
It’s also a homecoming for a freshman offensive tackle. Darian Kinnard was born in Ohio, but grew up in Knoxville. He never cheered for the Vols — “Not a true orange fan,” he told reporters this week — but he has a connection to a Tennessee legend. Kinnard’s aunt is first cousins with Dolly Parton. He’s never met Dolly, but a win might capture the country music legend’s attention.
If Kentucky takes care of business Saturday in Knoxville, it could be one of the most spectacular days in the history of the football program.