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How and what to watch for Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

The Wildcats will be looking to keep Vandy out of the win column on Saturday.

Josh Ali of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs at Kroger Field on October 31, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Vanderbilt Commodores will be trying to capture their first win on the season when they take on Kentucky Wildcats Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET in Lexington, KY.

Vanderbilt (0-5) is looking to snap their five-game losing streak, after falling 24-17 last week to Mississippi State. In that game, quarterback Ken Seals struggled with three interceptions, despite throwing for 336 passing yards and a touchdown. Those three interceptions were apart of a five-turnover day for Vandy. However, Commodores running back Keyon Henry-Brooks was the lone bright spot in last week’s loss, totaling 115 rushing yards and a touchdown, along with 11 receptions for 97 yards.

This season, Vandy’s offense has struggled to score, averaging a disappointing 12.4 points per game. Meanwhile, their defense has not been that much better, allowing 35.4 points per game. The Commodores will likely have issues scoring on Saturday as the Wildcats’ defense is only giving up 19 points per game.

As of the Wildcats (2-4), they are looking to snap their two-game losing skid after losing 14-3 last week to the Georgia Bulldogs. The Wildcats’ defense forced Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett into two interceptions. But Kentucky’s offense could not score a single touchdown against Georgia’s defense.

Wildcats quarterback Joey Gatewood completed 15-of-25 passes for 91 yards while running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. had 108 yards on the ground with 20 carries. Gatewood and Terry Wilson have not been stellar this season under center, hence the Wildcats only scoring 20 points per game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky on Saturday, November 14th at 12:00 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, which you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login that has the channel.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky (-18)
Point Total: 42
Money line: Vanderbilt (+750) vs. Kentucky (-1430)

  • Vanderbilt is 5-13 against the spread in its last 18 games.
  • The point total went under in 10 of Vanderbilt’s last 14 games.
  • Kentucky is 10-4 against the spread in its last 14 games.
  • The point total went under in five of Kentucky’s last six games.

Betting splits

Vanderbilt: (47% of handle, 40% percent of bets)
Kentucky: (53% of handle, 60% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

In one of the few games in the SEC this week, winless Vanderbilt will be taking on Kentucky. This game will likely come down to which teams quarterback will not make that crucial mistake. Last week, Vandy quarterback Ken Seals had a touchdown pass, but also three interceptions. As of the Wildcats, quarterback Joey Gatewood didn’t turnover the ball, but he didn’t put it in the end zone. Someone has to win this and I think it will be the Wildcats based on their defense.

Pick: Under 42 points

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