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They always say the SEC just means more, so regardless of the matchup, we should be in for some fireworks. In this particular SEC game, we have the Kentucky Wildcats traveling to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. This will be each team’s SEC opener, with Kentucky coming in with a 3-0 record, while Vanderbilt comes in at 2-2, after dropping their last two contests. However, Vanderbilt is 2-0 at home so far, while Kentucky will be playing their road game of the season, so we will see if that home-field advantage plays a factor in this one.
Despite losing QB Will Levis to the NFL Draft this past summer, the Kentucky Wildcats haven’t missed a beat led by their new QB Devin Leary. He’s been explosive as advertised so far, although if there’s anything he might want to get cleaned up, it would be the turnovers, as he’s thrown one in each of the first 3 games so far. Despite that, Kentucky is coming off a 35-3 home win against Akron last week and seems to be in a good rhythm as they go on the road for the first time. RB Ray Davis is coming off a huge game last week, totaling 169 scrimmage yards, and adding a touchdown reception. The defense was also dominant from start to finish, led by 2 sacks from Trevin Wallace. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Wildcats can keep their rhythm going away from home.
The Vanderbilt Commodores got off to a 2-0 start this season, but lost their last two games to drop down to .500. Last week, they came up just short of a 4th quarter comeback at UNLV and ultimately fell by a score of 40-37. QB AJ Swann had a solid game that included 3 passing touchdowns, but the combination of having to play from behind, and little help from the rushing attack forced him to air the ball out more than the team would like. This week, they will face a very tough Kentucky defense, and I just don’t believe the Commodores have enough firepower to keep up with Devin Leary and that offense. I like the Wildcats to win convincingly in this one, and improve to 4-0.