Vanderbilt will be a seven-point favorite this weekend in their quest to climb over .500 for the first time in 2012. Their opponent? A struggling Kentucky squad that has lost its last six games and is just 1-7 for the season. If the Commodores win, they'll be just one victory away from earning back-to-back bowl bids for the first time in school history. If the Wildcats pull the upset, they'll earn their first SEC win and give Joker Phillips some straws to grasp at in the quest to keep his head coaching job in Lexington.
Injuries have decimated a Kentucky team that had been predicted to fall towards the bottom of the league rankings even with a healthy roster. The Wildcats have had to employ four different quarterbacks in 2012 and have been gashed for over 35 points per game in SEC play so far. They've only kept one of those league losses within a one-possession margin, and that came at home against a very good Georgia team. Factor that in with a win over a strong looking Kent State team, and you can see the potential for an upset looming at Commonwealth Stadium.
To assess the chance of a Wildcat victory on Saturday, we turned to our friend Glenn Logan, formerly known as the one and only Truzenzuzex, who is the Editor-in-chief over at A Sea of Blue. Most of you are more familiar with Glenn's work during basketball season, but that doesn't mean that he's not an expert when it comes to Wildcat football. He had some outstanding responses to all the questions that I had to throw at him. Check out his answers below for a glimpse into Joker Phillips's nightmare season. For more of Glenn, be sure to visit A Sea of Blue.
4. Can Raymond Sanders and Jonathan George provide a strong enough running game to keep the pressure off of the Wildcat passing game and grind down a Commodore defense that has been solid against the rush in 2012?
5. SEC opponents are scoring over 35 points per game against the Wildcats. Who on the UK defense can step up against a Vanderbilt team that has struggled to score at times this season? Who can exploit a shaky Commodore offensive line and put pressure on Jordan Rodgers?
6. With basketball season right around the corner and a traditionally lackluster matchup at Commonwealth Stadium, is there any buzz in Lexington for Vandy/UK? How will fan turnout be at the game on Saturday?
7. And finally, what's your prediction for Saturday's game?