Fun with stats

Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge should have plenty of time to pass in today's season finale against Kentucky.

The Vols lead the Southeastern Conference in fewest sacks allowed (11), while the Wildcats rank dead last among SEC teams in sacks recorded (9).

Interestingly enough, the Big Orange and Big Blue are equally inept in turnover margin. Tennessee has registered 16 takeaways and 24 giveaways this fall. Kentucky has 13 takeaways and 21 giveaways. Each is minus-8 for the year, which ties them for 104th among the 117 NCAA Div. I football programs.

A Tennessee offense that ranks 11th among the 12 SEC schools in pass efficiency could benefit from facing a Kentucky defense that ranks dead last among SEC schools in pass efficiency defense. Also, a UT offense that ranks 10th among SEC teams in scoring (17.1 points per game) should be able to put up some points against a UK defense that ranks dead last in SEC scoring defense (35.7 ppg).

Meanwhile, Kentucky's struggling offense should find hope inside the red zone. The Wildcats have scored on just 79 percent of their red-zone visits (23 of 29) but that could improve against a Vol stop unit that ranks dead last among the 12 SEC schools in red-zone defense at 90.5 percent (19 of 21).


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