Out in the cold

With Tennessee on a 24-0 run in the series, some fans figure it will be a cold day in hell when Kentucky beats the Vols again in football. Maybe it'll be a cold night in Lexington, instead.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the 30s Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium. That's not exactly frigid but chilled hands could result in a few dropped passes, which could hurt the Vol passing attack. And UT fans saw in September how abysmal Tennessee's offense can look when the air attack is grounded.

Regardless, Vol head coach Lane Kiffin figures he has a lot bigger worries heading into Saturday night's game than the climate. He isn't expecting the weather to have much impact on Tennessee's play selection or its performance against the Wildcats.

"I don't think so ... not in this circumstance," he said. "I think it's supposed to be 5 to 8 mile-per-hour winds and 35 degrees. It's really cold for me. I'll be really cold - I get cold when it's 50 here - but I don't think it's going to bother our players at all."

Kiffin's disdain for blustery weather is understandable, since he has spent almost his entire coaching career in warm-weather climates. His stops include Fresno State (1998), Southern Cal (2001-06) and the Oakland Raiders (2007-08) in California, plus the Jacksonville Jaguars (2000) in Florida.

Unlike their head coach, many of Tennessee's players are accustomed to cool weather. So, Saturday night's forecast is no big deal to them.

"A number of our players are not from Florida or California," Kiffin said. "We've got a bunch of guys from colder areas. And it's not going to be freezing cold. It's not going to be a big rain. It's not going to be snow.

"As far as play-calling, it's not going to affect anything."

Besides, Kiffin figures the Vols already proved themselves capable of dealing with cold weather in Game 8.

"I don't know what the temperature was," he said, "but the second half of the South Carolina game felt about that cold (mid-30s), and we played very well. I don't think it's a big deal."

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