Sports Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky and Tennessee sports news from The Associated Press
(AP) - For the second straight year, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher will meet in another mentor-mentee matchup. All signs point toward Saban teaching him another lesson when top-ranked Alabama hosts 22nd-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday in one of two games between Top 25 teams. The other has No. 7 Stanford at No. 20 Oregon.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - One of the NFL's most formidable fronts is off to a slow start. The Jacksonville Jaguars ranked second in the NFL with 55 sacks in 2017. But they four in two games and are on pace for 32 this season. Players insist the issue has everything to do with the schedule and not any "Sacksonville" shortcomings. The Jaguars hope to end the trend against AFC South rival Tennessee on Sunday. It's hardly a given considering the Titans have allowed a league-leading one sack.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans aren't close to panicking over sloppy run defense, and the Jacksonville Jaguars gives them a chance to show just how much better they can be. Leonard Fournette left the Jaguars' season opener with a tight hamstring and sat out Jacksonville's win over New England last weekend. Fournette has been limited in practice this week. Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey says it doesn't matter who the Jaguars hand the ball to because the Titans have to stop the run.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette practiced in a limited capacity for the second straight day and feels "a lot better, like way better" than he did a week ago. Fournette strained his right hamstring in the season opener at the New York Giants and sat out last week's victory against New England. The Jaguars host AFC South rival Tennessee on Sunday.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's defense has met early season expectations, making big plays while the offense adjusts to a new quarterback. The Wildcats have shut out opponents in the third quarter this season and boasts the SEC's fifth-ranked defense heading into Saturday's matchup with No. 14 Mississippi State. Something will have to give as the Bulldogs have the No. 1 ground game in the conference.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Alabama specialized in forcing turnovers during Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's two-year stint as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator. Pruitt wants his Tennessee defenses to adopt a similar approach as the Volunteers enter Southeastern Conference play. Pruitt wasn't happy that Tennessee failed to force a single turnover last week in a 24-0 victory over UTEP.
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