Tennessee vs Kentucky NCAA Football Tips 11/9/2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Sawyer Smith and the Kentucky Wildcats host the Tennessee Volunteers at Kroger Field on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The odds on this game have Kentucky as 2.5-point favorites. The Volunteers are 5-4-0 ATS and 4-5-0 when betting on the total. The Wildcats are 3-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-2-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Tennessee Volunteers faced the UAB Blazers and won 30-7. Ty Chandler paced the team on the ground for that contest. He tore off a long run of 31 yards and he added 1 TD in the game. He ran for a total of 85 yards on 16 carries which gave him an average of 5.3 yards per run. Jauan Jennings led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 70 yards on 5 catches. He earned an average of 14.0 yards per catch for that contest. Leading the way at QB for the Volunteers was Jarrett Guarantano who went 13/21 with 147 yards passing and added 1 TD. He threw 1 interception in the game. The Volunteers ran the ball a total of 39 times and generated 121 yards which earned them an average of 3.1 yards per run. For the game, the Volunteers had a total of 20 1st downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 5 yards which is telling in terms of how disciplined they are. In all, they ran 66 plays which added up to 302 yards. In terms of defense, Tennessee gave up 14 catches on 30 attempts for a total of 174 yards, and a completion percentage of 46.7%. For the game, they gave up 237 yards and earned 4 turnovers. In the running game, the Volunteers gave up 63 yards on 25 tries which means they had an average of 2.5 yards per carry allowed.
The Volunteers step onto the field holding a record of 4-5 for the 2019 season. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country with an average of 24.7 points per game, ranking them 92nd in college football. As a team, they are averaging 138.8 rushing yards per game which is 11th in the Southeastern Conference. For total yardage, they sit in 12th in the SEC and 92nd in college football with 3,141 yards. The Volunteers have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, allowing 24.1 points per contest putting them 9th in the SEC. In discussing yards rushing, Tennessee is giving up 137.7 yards per game ranking them 8th in the SEC and 44th in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.7 yards per carry putting them 5th in the SEC and 36th in college football overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,239 rushing yards through 9 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Volunteers have allowed 1,892 yards. Teams are completing 58.7% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.1 yards per try.
In their last game, the Kentucky Wildcats played the Missouri Tigers and earned the victory by a score of 29-7. Lynn Bowden Jr. led the team in rushing for that game. He broke a long run for 46 yards and he added 2 touchdowns during the game. He ran for a total of 204 yards by way of 21 carries which gave him an average of 9.7 yards per tote. Bryce Oliver was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 44 yards on 1 reception. He had an average of 44.0 yards per catch for that game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Wildcats was Lynn Bowden Jr. who went 3/7 with 54 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He ended the game without an interception. The Wildcats ran the football 48 times and racked up a total of 297 yards which gave them an average of 6.2 yards per rush. Overall, the Wildcats earned a total of 15 1st downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 48 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. Overall, they ran 56 plays for a total of 360 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Kentucky allowed 14 catches on 29 throws totaling 164 yards, and a completion percentage of 48.3%. On the ground, the Wildcats allowed 125 yards on 34 attempts which means they had an average of 3.7 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For this contest, they allowed a total of 289 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Wildcats come into this matchup with a record of 4-4. Kentucky has shown the nation they have a formidable rushing attack by averaging 201.8 yards on the ground per contest, which has them at 32nd in college football. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,614 rushing yards through 8 games, so they'll look to continue their dominance on the ground to grind out wins. The Wildcats average 355.8 yards per contest overall which has them at 99th in the country and 11th in the conference. The Wildcats are allowing 21.3 points per contest which puts them at 7th in the conference and 32nd in Division 1. Their passing defense is one of the most dominate groups in D-1. They are conceding 180.5 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Wildcats currently sit at 3rd in the conference. When talking about points allowed, they have allowed 170 points in total. In discussing yards rushing, they are giving up 176 yards per game ranking them 83rd in college football and 12th in the conference. For this season, they have given up a total of 1,408 yards on the ground and 16.8 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Volunteers/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Wildcats -2.5
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