Opponent: Kentucky Wildcats
Date: October 20
All-time series record: Kentucky leads, 44-42-2
Last meeting: November 11, 2017, in Nashville. Kentucky won, 44-21.
Last year’s record: 7-6 (92nd in S&P+)
Head coach: Mark Stoops (26-36, 6th year)
Returning starters: 17 (8 offense/9 defense)
In 2017, Vanderbilt finished the season ranked 80th in S&P+. Kentucky finished the season ranked 92nd. Vanderbilt played Kentucky in Nashville.
The box score of that game at Vanderbilt Stadium suggests that the two teams were pretty evenly matched: Kentucky ran 64 plays, Vanderbilt ran 63, and the Wildcats outgained the Commodores 427-368 — not a huge margin. Each team had 21 first downs; Kentucky went 5-for-12 on third down; Vanderbilt, 5-for-13.

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