|Vanderbilt will need another big day from RB Zac Stacy against Kentucky. (US Presswire)|
Kickoff: Saturday, noon ET (ESPNU)
Spread: Vanderbilt by 7
Watchability: Games involving Kentucky are approaching unwatchable. The Wildcats didn't have a lot to start with and they've since been ravaged by injuries. There's a chance this could turn into a decent matchup, but there are better early SEC games to watch.
Shining stars: Vanderbilt -- RB Zac Stacy. He's the school's all-time leading rusher and he'll be looking to add to that against a porous Kentucky run defense that allows 171.8 yards per game. Stacy, who has 683 rushing yards, left last week's game with an ankle injury, but coach James Franklin indicated that he should be fine this week. Kentucky -- G Larry Warford. He, along with C Matt Smith, make up one of the toughest interior offensive lines in the SEC. Injuries have forced the Wildcats to use four QBs and multiple RBs, but the OL has stayed steady and given freshman QBs Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow at least a chance to be successful. Warford is on the watch list for the Outland and Lombardi trophies.
Who could steal the show: Vanderbilt -- CB Trey Wilson. Four of his five career INTs have been returned for TDs. Kentucky's young QBs would be wise to avoid throwing anywhere near him. Kentucky -- RB Raymond Sanders. Sanders has 460 rushing yards and four TDs on 87 attempts this season. Vanderbilt has struggled in run defense, allowing 172.3 rushing yards per game. Sanders will look to top his single-game career high of 115 yards.
Magic number for Vanderbilt: 2. That's how many wins Vandy needs to become bowl eligible for the second straight season. The Commodores have only been to five bowls in program history.
Magic number for Kentucky: 23.7. That's the Wildcats average margin of defeat in their six SEC games.
The game comes down to: Neither team does a great job defending the run, so the side that can find some consistency on the ground has an advantage. Vanderbilt, led by Stacy, has a better chance of doing that. The Commodores are playing better overall as well. They have won their past two and three of four.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 28, Kentucky 10
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