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Nov. 30, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. ET
Commonwealth Stadium | Lexington, Ky.
TV: ESPNU | Radio: Vol Network | Satellite Radio: Sirius Premier Ch. 119, XM Ch. 199
Online: WatchESPN.com, Live Audio, GameTracker

AT FIRST GLANCE - KENTUCKY

  • Saturday's game is the 109th all-time meeting between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats. Tennessee is 75-24-9 all-time vs. UK, and the 75 wins represent the most vs. any Vols' opponent.
  • Tennessee has won 27 of its last 28 games against Kentucky since 1985.
  • The Vols are also 35-14-3 all-time vs. UK in Lexington, including wins in 14 of the last 15 since 1983. The lone loss was a 10-7 decision in UT's last trip to Commonwealth Stadium, on Nov. 26, 2011.
  • Before that game, the prior two trips to Lexington were overtime wins for UT, 52-50 in 4OT in 2007 and 30-24 in OT in 2009.
  • Five of the last nine games in the UT-UK series have been decided by six points or fewer, and six of the last nine since 2003 have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
  • The 20-point win by Tennessee last year (37-17) was the largest margin of victory in the series in 10 years, since UT won 24-0 in 2002.

GROUND ATTACK

  • Tennessee has rushed for 2,043 yards through 11 games, the first 2,000-yard season for the Vols since the 2009 team also rushed for 2,043 yards.
  • This season marks only the third 2,000-yard rushing season for Tennessee since 2000. The Vols reached the milestone with a 2,418-yard effort in 2004.
  • With just one more yard rushing this season, Tennessee will have eclipsed their full-season rushing total of the last eight consecutive seasons (2005-12).
  • The Vols have rushed for 200-plus yards in four games this season, their most since posting seven 200-yard rushing efforts in 2004.
  • At the current pace, the Vols would finish the 2013 regular season with 2,228 rushing yards, which would mark the second-highest rushing yardage total since 1998, when the national championship squad rushed for 2,536 yards.

A TENNESSEE WIN WOULD...

  • Represent the 28th win in the last 29 games vs. Kentucky since 1985 as well as the 15th win in the last 16 meetings vs. the Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium.
  • Improve Tennessee's record in November games to 79-19 (.806) since 1990 and a 9-7 mark since 2010.
  • Mark the 76th all-time win for Tennessee over Kentucky, improving UT's record vs. UK to 76-24-9 all-time and 36-14-3 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
  • Snap an 11-game SEC road losing streak and a 12-game road losing streak overall, dating to 2010.

MR. CONSISTENCY

  • By making his 49th career start on Saturday vs. Kentucky, senior offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James will set the Tennessee record for most career starts by an offensive lineman. James eclipses the previous mark of 48, set by Jeff Smith from 1992-95.
  • James has started every game at right tackle since the season opener his freshman year in 2010, and by playing against Kentucky, James will finish his career tied for second in career games played by an offensive lineman, trailing only the 50 played by Dallas Thomas (2009-12).

FINAL GAME FOR SENIORS

  • On Saturday at Kentucky, a total of 27 Vols seniors will be playing their final game in a Tennessee uniform.
  • The Vols have won the final game of the regular season in 29 of the last 30 seasons since 1983.
  • Tennessee is ending the regular season with a night game for the first time since the 2009 overtime win at Kentucky.

SCHEDULE NOTES

  • Tennessee has played seven ranked teams in the regular season for the first time in school history: at #2 Oregon, at #19 Florida, #6 Georgia, #11 South Carolina, at #1 Alabama, at #10 Missouri, and #7 Auburn.
  • Through Nov. 23, the seven ranked opponents for UT are the most for any team in the nation this season.
  • In 1991, UT played six ranked teams in the regular season (#21 UCLA, #23 Mississippi St., #13 Auburn, at #10 Florida, at #14 Alabama, at #5 Notre Dame). UT also played #6 Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl that season.
  • According to Stats, Inc., UT is the first team since Pitt in 1993 to play seven ranked teams in an eight-game span.
  • According to NCAA.com, the winning pct. of Tennessee's cumulative opposition to date is .703, the third-highest in the nation this season.

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