November 16, 2019
In many ways, today’s game has all the elements of a classic Vanderbilt-Kentucky football game:
- Game played in the middle of November, with a mid-afternoon kickoff buried against the CBS game. The sun will go down in the middle of the game, and the weather will be a bit chilly but not quite frigid (53 degrees at kickoff, and dropping throughout the game.)
- Vanderbilt is already eliminated from bowl eligibility; Kentucky needs a win here (and a win against UT-Martin next week, though it’s probably safe to assume that one) to get bowl eligible.
- This is likely going to be a hideous football game that only diehards of both schools will watch, and nobody will get any enjoyment from.
One of the stupid features of the new, expanded SEC has been the way that games have started moving around the schedule to accommodate, I guess, the need to get Missourah on everybody’s schedule. Vanderbilt played Kentucky in November for 61 consecutive years from 1953 to 2013; since 2014, the game has alternated between November and earlier in the season. (The games in Lexington have been played in September or October since 2014; the games in Nashville have continued to be in their traditional spot.)
Anyway. Have fun, expect to win, and Anchor Down.