…Kentucky’s defense is one of the SEC’s best at stopping big plays.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn is explosive. A Boom Williams-type back, he can bust a play for a 50+ yard score at any given moment. However, those moments rarely happen against this UK defense.
Kentucky’s defense is ranked eighth in the nation in opponent plays over 20 yards. They’ve given up just 16 all year. UK’s big play defense is ranked first or second in the SEC in every parameter, from 10+ yard plays to 50+ yarders. Undisciplined units surrender big plays. That’s not a problem for this experienced defense.
Almost every matchup in this game is lopsided in Kentucky’s favor. The Vanderbilt defense might have the worst interior of any UK opponent. UK’s offense is at its best running the ball behind the three guys in the middle of the offensive line.
Just like the explosive play stats, every Vanderbilt strength Kentucky has covered. The Commodores have allowed the second-fewest sacks in the SEC, but they have yet to play Josh Allen. They’ve committed the fewest penalties in the SEC, yet UK opponents are committing the second-most in the nation.
The stats are in Kentucky’s favor, especially on the ground. Games aren’t won on paper, but numbers don’t lie.