Staff Predictions: No. 24 Kentucky-Vanderbilt

No. 24 Kentucky will look to hand Vanderbilt its 26th straight loss to the SEC on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, kicking off a three-game home run to close out the 2022 regular season. Featuring Georgia and Louisville on deck, it’s a must win for the Wildcats. Ahead of the divisional clash, here are our latest personnel predictions:

Hunter

Let’s not beat around the bush, Kentucky should win this game without problem. While the Commodores can score quite a bit on offense, the Cats have a defense that should stifle whatever head coach Clark Lea and quarterback Mike Wright want to do.

The main thing for me is to see a complete offensive performance from Kentucky. Rich Scangarello made the move to the coaching box, and while there was some improvement last weekend in the win over Mizzou, there were still plenty of negatives in what was an eye sore from ‘a match. If you can’t get on the offense against a team that’s giving up close to 40 points per game, I don’t know what to tell you.

Vanderbilt will try to pressure Will Levis, which if we’re being honest, is likely to happen given the poor play from the offensive line. Levis will likely post his normal numbers, but since he’s not fully healthy, I’m not sure we’ll see anything spectacular from the star QB despite such poor defense.

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I could try to sell you a story on how Kentucky won this game, but even with the Cats’ indiscipline and sloppyness this season, I just don’t see a path to victory for the Commodores.

A midday kick with cool, potentially rainy weather? Yeah, give me Kentucky in a bleh, but a comfortable win.

Kentucky 31, Vandy 13

Mast

Kentucky has no reason not to win this game. They are the superior team in all three phases of the game. Last week the Cats relied on Chris Rodriguez, and this week will be no different. I like that Kentucky scores early and often in this one, while stifling Vandy’s offensive drive.

Kentucky 38, Vandy 17