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No. 19 Kentucky vs No. 3 Tennessee picks and best bets for Week 9 SEC matchup

The Wildcats and Vols meet in what was once the Battle for the Barrel, but now has actual SEC implications.

Syndication: The Knoxville News-Sentinel Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

The No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers welcome the No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats to Neyland Stadium on Saturday night at 7 p.m. to open up a really tough stretch of games for Josh Heupel and the Vols with No. 1 Georgia lurking just a week away.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Kentucky: 14 overall, 48 offense, 7 defense
Tennessee: 5 overall, 2 offense, 40 defense

Injury update


LB Jacquez Jones- Out (foot)


Cedric Tillman

WR Cedric Tillman- Probable (ankle)
DL Eijah Simmons- probable (lower body)
DB Kamal Hadden- questionable (undisclosed)


Against The Spread

Kentucky: 5-2 ATS
Tennessee: 6-1 ATS


Kentucky: Over 1-6
Tennessee: Over 5-2

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Kentucky: 46 overall, 79 offense, 55 defense
Tennessee: 19 overall, 14 offense, 66 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Tennessee -12
Total: 61
Moneyline: Tennessee -450, Kentucky +360

Opening line: Tennessee -14
Opening total: 63.5


Low of 52 degrees, partly cloudy with a 19% chance of rain and 1 mph winds

The Pick

Kentucky +12

Josh Heupel’s offense is on a tear right now with Hendon Hooker leading that charge. Still, the Kentucky defense is really really good and their offense is no slouch either. Don’t get us wrong, the Vols should win this one, but Kentucky should keep it relativley close.