Kentucky Football vs Tennessee today: injury report, schedule, live Stream, TV channel and betting preview for Week 9 game

Barion Brown of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
Barion Brown of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images) /

The final football weekend of October and what better way for the Kentucky football team to close it out than clashing with its bitter rival and No. 3 ranked Tennessee Vols in prime in Rocky Top. Well being in Lexington is always much better.

The No. 17 ranked Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) are rested after their bye week and nearly healthy for the first time all season. Tennessee (7-0, 3-0) is unbeaten and looking ahead to next week’s matchup with No. 1 ranked Georgia and the top spot in the Southeastern Conference East.

Sounds like and smells like a perfect recipe for the Wildcats to ruin what the Vols have cooking. 

These two teams are not as far apart as they would appear. Kentucky dropped a bitter loss to Ole Miss when Will Levis fumbled on both of the UK closing possessions trying his best for extra yards to set the Cats up to win. That caused him to miss the South Carolina game after being injured with those efforts and Kentucky was all out of sorts.

Tennessee escaped Alabama in overtime after the Tide missed a game-winning field goal and Pitt also took UT to overtime before losing 34-27.

So it looks like both teams with one snap or two could both be 7-0, 6-1, or 5-2.

It will be the Levis and Hendon Hooker quarterback battle, showcase, highlight reel whatever you want to call it. Both can light it up and be very explosive in leading their respective teams.

Levis was 31-for-49 passing for 372 yards and three touchdowns against UT last season while Hooker had his coming out party in Lexington as the Vols nipped Kentucky.

Upfront the Big Blue Wall has to protect Levis he has thrown for 1,635 yards and 13 touchdowns in six games.  Tennessee’s defense gets into the backfield and has 17 sacks led by Byron Young with 3½. and the Vols pressure has resulted in 44 tackles for loss. Young also leads in this category with 4½. Linebacker Aaron Beasley has four and Roman Harrison has 3½.

Runningback Chris Rodriguez has returned to the field as a man-possessed for Kentucky in the backfield and is ready for the spotlight and to exploit the Vol defense.

Tennessee brings college football’s No. 1 offense in yards per game (571.7) and points per game (50.1) and is No. 2 in passing offense with 368.9 yards per game.

Meanwhile, Brad White’s Kentucky defense is allowing a mere 16.4 points per game, which is tied for ninth nationally. Big Blue also is ranked No. 14 overall, allowing just 295.4 yards per game, and its secondary ranks No. 14 in passing yards allowed per game with just 178.3.

Kentucky football vs Tennessee Injury report

Kentucky had their bye week last week which gave them a chance to heal their aches and pains which could not come at a better time. We look very healthy and ready for battle.

Kentucky football vs Tennessee Weather

The weather in Knoxville could not be more perfect on the final Saturday game of October, especially with a 7 pm EST kickoff. For those tailgating before kickoff, the afternoon temperatures will be partly to mostly cloudy and 70 degrees. By kickoff, it will be mostly cloudy and 66 degrees.

Look for temperatures to have dipped into the 50s as the game hits the fourth quarter. Winds will be non-existent and not be a factor at all. For up-to-date hour-by-hour conditions, you can follow along here.

Kentucky football vs Tennessee Odds and Betting Pick Week 9

Current odds have Kentucky as an 11.5-point underdog on Fanduel today a line that has dropped a point since Friday. The matchup has an over/under of 61.5 points. The Moneyline has Kentucky +315 and the Vols -410.

So what are our staff predictions?

Eric Thorne – Tennessee 41, Kentucky 35

Tyler Reed – Tennessee 31, Kentucky 14

Delonte Smith – Tennessee 28, Kentucky 24

What Channel is the Kentucky Football Game On Week 9

The Kentucky game today will be broadcast on ESPN

The kickoff is set for 7 pm  EST.

Play-by-Play: Chris Fowler

Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit

Kentucky versus Tennessee Live Stream

FuboTV is an excellent option for fans in need of streaming options. And if it is your first time trying FuboTV, you are in luck, as they are currently offering a seven-day free trial for new users.

Kentucky over the airwaves

For the radio enthusiasts, our stellar team of Tom Leach (play-by-play), Jeff Piecoro (analyst), and Dick Gabriel (sideline) will have the UK radio network call that can be heard at 840 AM around Louisville and in the Lexington area at both 630 AM and 98.1 FM. If you are outside these areas check your local stations or you can always listen online at

Kentucky’s Next Game and Schedule

Kentucky’s next game will be in Week 10  on Saturday, November 5 with the Wildcats back on the road for the final time this season in Columbia, MO. with kickoff at Noon EST on the SEC Network.  Here’s a look at their next schedule as the Wildcats finish with three straight home games.

Week 11 Nov. 12 Vanderbilt  TBD

Week 12 Nov. 19 Georgia TBD

Week 13 Nov. 25 Louisville TBD

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