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Vanderbilt comes to town looking to start a trend. Last year, when Kentucky traveled to Nashville, Vanderbilt gave the Wildcats a pretty good beating, 38-8. Head coach James Franklin and crew need only two wins to become bowl eligible and would like nothing more than to beat one of their most hated rivals to get closer to that threshold. For Kentucky, these next couple of weeks are all about pride. The Wildcats have a number of seniors they would like to send out with victories, and also, a coaching staff that could use a couple of positives as the season draws to a close. Let’s take a look at the Commodores a little more in-depth, shall we.
Vanderbilt (4-4, 2-3 SEC)
–Kickoff vs. Kentucky: Tomorrow, 12 EST, ESPN U
–Last game: Win over UMass, 49-7
–Spread: Vandy by 7
–Vandy’s Best Players: RB Zac Stacy and CB Trey Wilson. If Rick Minter’s group is going to slow down the Vanderbilt offense, it starts with slowing down Stacy. Stacy comes in averaging 5.2 yards a carry, with five trips to the paydirt. Vanderbilt has pretty much rode Stacy to their four victories this season, so stopping him and putting game on QB Jordan Rodgers‘ shoulder has to be a priority. On the other side of the ball is the ball-hawking cornerback, Trey Wilson. Wilson has five interceptions interceptions in his career, four of which have been returned to the end zone for touchdowns. That doesn’t mean he can’t be thrown at, but those four interceptions says he’s prone to jump routes, something Whitlow and Towles need to be aware of.
–How Kentucky can beat them: Run. The. Ball. Both these teams are pretty bad at stopping the run, which is why they are both giving up an average of 170-plus yards a game. Kentucky needs to establish the run game early and often if they are going to have a chance to win this matchup. RBs Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders will need to have another breakout performance like they had against Georgia when they combined for over 200 yards rushing.
–Prediction: After last week’s showing I don’t know how anyone could pick the Cats and noT be considered crazy. Kentucky has to show they can put together an entire game for me to be able to pick them to win. Vandy 21- Kentucky 17.