Kick-off time and television are set for the Kentucky SEC game on November 13 at Vanderbilt.
The No. 17/18 Wildcats (6-2, 4-2 SEC) and Commodores (2-7, 0-5) will kick off Vanderbilt Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. It will kick off the seventh night for the head coach Mark Stoops‘club in 10 games this season.
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Great Britain lead the all-time series at VU 47-42-4, but the Cats have won the last five meetings and six of the last seven. Kentucky won last season’s game 38-35 at Lexington and on their last trip to Nashville, fell 14-0 in the first quarter before scoring 38 unanswered points as they rushed for 401 yards in a win from 38-14.
Kentucky, who started 6-0 for the first time since 1950, have just suffered back-to-back losses to No.1 Georgia and Mississippi State. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, has lost 18 straight SEC games. Under the guidance of first-year head coach and former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea, the Commodores’ only victories this season have come against modest Colorado State and UConn.
Despite back-to-back losses, the Wildcats have already qualified for a new school record, a sixth straight bowl appearance and are still in a good position to win one of the coveted New Year’s Six bowl games.
In its history, Kentucky has only appeared in five “New Year’s Six” bowl games (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Peach, Fiesta), the last loss to Clemson 14-13 in the 1993 Peach Bowl. Three of them belonged to the legendary Bear Bryant, who led the UK to three consecutive New Years Six Bowl appearances from 1949 to 1951, culminating with a 13-7 victory over No.1 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl from 1951.
Pro Football Focus ranks the UK’s remaining schedule, which includes games against Tennessee, Vanderbilt, New Mexico and Louisville.