Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt fearless prediction and game preview.
Kentucky (6-3) vs. Vanderbilt (4-5) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 11th
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN
Network: SEC Network
Kentucky is playing with house money at this point, but it would still be nice to come up with a few more wins on the way to a bowl game.
The Wildcats followed up a thrilling last-second loss to Tennessee with a thrilling last-moment loss to Ole Miss, but again, at least it’s got that sixth win. Win this, and then the program can have a whole lot of fun hoping to screw up Georgia next week.
Vanderbilt kept its season alive with a win over WKU last week, but it’s still losing for its first SEC win and needs two victories to get a bowl bid. With Missouri and a trip to Tennessee to close, it’s possible.
One Reason Why Vanderbilt Will Win
This has to be Kyle Shurmur’s game.
The Vanderbilt passer was okay against UK as a freshman in a win, and okay as a sophomore in a loss, but this week, he needs to crank up more than 250 yards without breathing hard.
He’s been able to overcome a rough running game at times, but he’s been extremely inconsistent. He couldn’t do anything against Alabama or Ole Miss, but he threw for 333 yards and four scores against South Carolina and was solid against WKU.
The Wildcat secondary has been a mess, allowing more than 70% of the passes to be completed over the last three weeks, and that against Mississippi State, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
There hasn’t been a pick over the last four games and too many third down plays allowed. Shurmur has to keep that going.
One Reason Why Kentucky Will Win
Run, run, and run some more.
The ground game was shaky at times – it didn’t go anywhere against Eastern Michigan or Mississippi State – but it stepped up over the last two weeks against Tennessee and Ole Miss. Against a bad Vandy run defense, the Wildcats have to rumble.
Last week the Commodores were great, with WKU netting -6 yards in the loss. But Georgia and Alabama rolled at will, and Ole Miss, Florida and South Carolina all went for over 200 yards with a whole slew of big plays.
Benny Snell is coming off a 176-yard, three-score day against Ole Miss. He might hit that again this week.
What’s Going To Happen
Stephen Johnson is playing too well.
This isn’t a great Kentucky defense, and the Vanderbilt offense will be productive, but the Wildcat QB pulled off the win against Tennessee, and was sharp against Ole Miss.
It’ll be a fun, interesting game with both teams having chances late to pull out the win. Johnson will come through on the final drive.
Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Prediction
Kentucky 31, Vanderbilt 27
Vanderbilt -2, o/u: 53
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