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Tennessee surging, Kentucky slumping as both teams chase first bowl bids since 2010 season

  • Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops yells at an official after a call during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

    Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops yells at an official after a call during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles passes to one of his receivers during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

    Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles passes to one of his receivers during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)  (The Associated Press)

Kentucky and Tennessee have taken different directions to reach similar points.

Tennessee has had a week off since rallying for a 45-42 overtime victory at South Carolina, a comeback that gave the Volunteers plenty of optimism heading into the stretch run. Kentucky has lost four straight games by an average margin of 23.5 points.

Yet the two teams still head into Saturday's matchup at Neyland Stadium with comparable records and identical goals. Kentucky (5-5, 2-5 SEC) and Tennessee (4-5, 1-4) are both seeking their first bowl bids since 2010.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones says "they're fighting for the same thing that we're fighting for."

The Vols have won 28 of their past 29 meetings with Kentucky, which last beat Tennessee in 2011.