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Tennessee-Martin vs Kentucky College Football Preview

FCS University of Tennessee-Martin faces off against the University of Kentucky. The Kentucky Wildcats were only able to win two of their games, against Miami (OH) and Alabama State. Kentucky is unfortunately picked to finish last in the SEC east yet again. The Skyhawk’s were able to put together a seven win season in the FCS with some quality wins over teams such as Chattanooga and Murray State. If Kentucky is trying to get recruits to rebuild they will first need to prove that they are capable of winning games, especially against an FCS opponent. -Keys for Appalachian State Mountaineers:

Keys for Tennessee Martin Skyhawks:

      • Head coach Jason Simpson enters his 9th year and is trying to get UTM to their fourth winning season in 5 years.
      • There are 51 upperclassmen on UTM which coach Simpson believes is one of his team’s strengths.
      • The Skyhawks will have to replace DJ McNeil’s 1,092 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 but feel the team’s depth at the position will shine through in 2014.

Keys for Kentucky Wildcats:

      • Both QB’s that took snaps for the Wildcats in 2013 struggled to gain any momentum. Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow each will have more opportunities to prove that they deserve the starting job.
      • Kentucky has a mob of rushers returning for the 2014 season, including QB Jalen Whitlow. Kentucky’s strength is certainly in their rushing game, but only managed less than 150 yards a game rushing.


–Favorite/Odds: Kentucky by 18.5 points

The Kentucky Wildcats will be lucky to get away with 4 wins this season with the SEC conference being as tough as it is. One of those games should be this game against the Skyhawks. However, Tennessee-Martin has a consistent head coach capable of producing winning seasons, maybe he can edge the Wildcats for an early victory.

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