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Kentucky Looks to get Back to Bread and Butter in Knoxville

November 7, 2018
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In the SEC East title game, Kentucky got stunned, hit in the mouth by Georgia on their home-field. The Wildcats haven't been the Wildcats lately, they miraculously came back to defeat Missouri and got punched in the mouth by Georgia for a trip to Atlanta. However, the Cats could make a trip to Atlanta in a bowl game if they could win out. But they have to stop in Knoxville and bring their bread and butter.

Run Offense

Let's take a look at the last two games, statistically. For whatever reason, the Wildcats have had more success through the air than on the ground. 

at Mizzou; vs Georgia

Rushing: 70 carries, 175 yards (2.5 yards per attempt), 1 touchdown

Passing: 48-for-97, 520 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception

Snell and company have not been finding success on the ground. A large part of that is due to the play of the offensive line. Early in the season, they were dominating teams like Florida and South Carolina, but now they are struggling to get a good push on the line of scrimmage. The offense has been running through the air the past two games.

A team that still has the SEC's leading rusher, Benny Snell, has to be better. Snell is the only rusher in the conference over 1,000 yards, and it's his third-straight time holding that honor. This a running attack that rushed for four touchdowns on a Mississippi State defense that has only given up five all year. And Kentucky boasts a 303-yard outing in the Swamp.

The Cats have a great chance to get back to being themselves offensively this weekend. Tennessee ranks 10th in the SEC against the run. They are giving up 4.5 yards per attempt, they have also given up 15 touchdowns and 161 rushing yards per game. If Snell and company can establish the run, the passing game will open up even more off the momentum. 

Run Defense

Like the run offense, the run defense has struggled. They are coming off their worst performance this season. Georgia ran wild, 50 times for a total of 331 yards. Deandre Swift busted off an 83-yard run that was essentially the nail in the coffin of Kentucky. The Dawgs scored three times on the ground as they ran for 6.6 yards per attempt. 

On the year, the Cats defense had only given up six touchdowns, but then they gave up three to Georgia. They allowed under four yards per attempt, and they have to get back to that against the Vols. It shouldn't be a tough task, as the Vols just rushed for 20 yards against Charlotte at home. The worst rushing offense in the SEC should get bottled up against an elite defense trying to bounce back.

If Kentucky can get the run game going offensively and the defense can stop the run, they can win the football game. It is something Mark Stoops has preached in his tenure in blue. Running the football and stopping the run is what the culture of the program has been built upon, a physical football team. Kentucky has to get back to that this weekend.

 

 

 

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