Tennessee will travel to Lexington on Saturday to face Kentucky in a 7:30 p.m. SEC matchup.
The Vols (4-5, 2-3 SEC) are looking to keep their bowl hopes alive, while the Wildcats (4-4, 2-4) hope to keep Kentucky’s winning streak over its rival going.
Here’s what viewers watching Saturday’s game might see from the two teams scheme-wise:
Run-defense might be the key
Each team’s defensive coordinator could focus on stopping their opponent’s running game, as both Tennessee and Kentucky have shown run-focused offenses.
The Vols have made heavy use of outside runs, while the Wildcats feature a speedy run-focused player at quarterback.
Stopping the run could push each team to have to live, or die, by the passing game, which would be a benefit for each opposing defense.
That also factors into Tennessee’s question marks at the quarterback position due to injury and inexperience.
Kentucky could disguise its coverages
It might benefit Wildcats defensive coordinator Brad White to confuse the Vols’ quarterback by disguising Kentucky’s coverages. This can be done by simply showing a certain pre-snap look, then switching into something different once the play is underway.
Where the Wildcats’ safeties are positioned would be key for this type of plan.