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The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks are poised to open their regular season on Saturday against the Kentucky Wildcats during what will be the opening weekend of college football’s 2014 season. -Keys for Appalachian State Mountaineers:

The Skyhawks finished last season with an overall win loss record of 7-5, going 5-3 within the FCS subdivision’s OVC conference. The Kentucky Wildcats finished last season with a 2-10 overall record, losing all 8 of the contests they played in the competitive SEC, as well as losing all 5 of the games they played against teams ranked within the FBS top 25.

UT Martin hopes to improve on their performance from last year, hopefully getting themselves out of the middle of the pack in their division and earning the right to compete for an FCS championship, something that beating the beleaguered Wildcats would help them accomplish.

The Kentucky squad, on the other hand, looks to continue their efforts to emerge as a threat in the always competitive South Eastern Conference. The Wildcats posted the 109th ranked scoring offense last season in the FBS, posting a scoring average of 20.5 points per game. Their defensive performance wasn’t much better, allowing 31.2 points per game, earning them the rank of 90th in scoring defense. With the disparity between points allowed and points scored, it’s no wonder why the Wildcats struggled so mightily.

Despite the Wildcats playing in what is certainly a tougher conference within collegiate football ranks, the performance of UT-Martin last season makes me think that the game will at the very least be close. I’m picking the Wildcats to be upset at the hands of the FCS squad, likely sending Kentucky to dwell at the bottom of the SEC barrel once again this season.

UT-Martin will take this one in a squeaker in Lexington, over the Wildcats 21-20.

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