KICKOFF: Saturday, 12:21 p.m. EST
SITE: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
UT leads 74-24-9
RECORDS:Tennessee 4-7, 0-7 SEC, Kentucky 2-9, 0-7 SEC
— Tennessee has scored more than 40 points five times in 2012. That is the most in a season since 1995.
— Tennessee also has 5,254 yards of total offense this season. Through 11 games, that is just 38 yards behind the most in school history set by the 1997 squad.
— Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as Tennessee’s interim coaching for the Kentucky game following the firing of former coach Derek Dooley in his third season.
— A win over the Kentucky would mark the 799 win in school history, just one shy of becoming the eighth institution to reach 800 wins.
— Tennessee has won 13 consecutive games over Kentucky in Neyland Stadium dating back to 1986. That is Tennessee’s longest home winning streak over any team.
2012 STAT LEADERS:
Tyler Bray — 248-417, 3319 yds., 30 TD/12 INT
Rajion Neal — 147 att., 655 yds., 5 TD
Justin Hunter — 70 catches, 1018 yds., 8 TD
Jalen Whitlow — 58-166, 975 yds., 2 TD/2 INT
Raymond Sanders — 109 att., 615 yds., 5 TD
LaRod King — 38 catches, 410 yds., 4 TD
WHAT A WIN MEANS:
For Tennessee a win is an opportunity to save face. The season has been a complete disaster. Derek Dooley has been fired, you have yet to win an SEC game, but now it is time to send a group of seniors out on a good note. They deserve as much.
For Kentucky a win would mean much of the same. They can’t feel good about their disastrous season, but a win over Tennessee would certainly heel a lot of wounds and give them some serious momentum heading into the off season and their coaching search.