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Sep 13, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Za’Darius Smith (94) and defensive end Alvin Dupree (2) talk against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt at Kentucky (-17), 11:00am CT, SEC Network

Last week, Vanderbilt played more inspired than they have all season and the Commodores gave South Carolina all they could handle. Vandy looked so different from the bumbling and stumbling team that showed up for the first three games of the season that it could give one hope that the ‘Dores may even be competitive in conference play this year.

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  • After the season opening loss to Temple, the subsequent shellacking at the hands of Ole Miss and an ugly win against UMass, the odds appeared stacked against Vanderbilt to win even one more game in 2014. However, their prime time performance against the Gamecocks is promising.

    Even more encouraging? Patton Robinette is listed as the starter at quarterback for Saturday (despite injury concerns). After weeks of QB shuffling by Derek Mason and his staff, it appears Robinette is finally the guy – which is good news since the team has played best under his direction. If he can play, Vandy will receive a big boost.

    Kentucky meanwhile, was idle following their dramatic loss to Florida one week earlier. They’ve had an extra week to prepare, and through the first three games of the season, UK looks like a far superior team. But, 17 points is HUGE, especially between these two teams. Kentucky hasn’t won a conference game by more than 17 points since 2003.

    This game opened with the Wildcats as a 10.5-point favorite and has jumped nearly a touchdown since. Sure, money is rolling in on UK – but that just means we can get a little extra cushion today.

    Kentucky 28, Vanderbilt 17