One of the biggest keys in Saturday’s game will simply be holding onto the football.
You see, Kentucky’s Stephen Johnson isn’t the only fumble-prone quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. Yes, he ranks first in the entire country in fumbles, but Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs is one fumble shy of Johnson’s NCAA-leading nine fumbles on the season, which puts him in a tie with Boston College’s Patrick Towles, of all people, for second-worst in the game.
As a group, Tennessee fumbles the ball more than any team in the country with almost three fumbles per game. However, Tennessee is a little better at recovering its own fumbles, as Kentucky is among the worst in fumbles lost. Only Louisville is worse in that category.
Let’s go one step further: Kentucky and Tennessee rank No. 124 and 125 out of 128 teams in total giveaways per game.
Needless to say, if the Cats can avoid the costly mistakes and capitalize on Tennessee’s, an upset in Knoxville isn’t out of reach.