By Adam Luckett on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Mark Stoops is not done making additions to his secondary unit and joining the 2020 recruiting haul is Ohio defensive back Rickey Hyatt Jr. The track star from the same high school that produced Benny Snell had all kinds of interest from a ton of big schools. After a long recruiting process, he’ll be continuing his playing career in Lexington.
The 6-foot-2 safety had listed offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, and West Virginia. In the end, it appeared to come down to Kentucky and Michigan State. Rickey Hyatt Jr. decided to go with the Big Blue instead of heading to East Lansing. Score another crootin’ win for Vince Marrow.
The Westerville, Ohio native becomes the third secondary player in the class, but the first true safety. With Kentucky currently in rebuild mode following the exodus of players that left in 2018, Rickey Hyatt Jr. will get the chance to come in and compete for a spot at free safety.
It’s time to step into the KSR film room and show you just what Hyatt brings to the table. The tall and lengthy safety brings some legit speed to the position. Despite his mid-three star ranking, it’s clear why a bunch of schools were in on his recruitment. When you turn on the tape, it is easy to see why he is so highly coveted.
The safety is a long strider who can cover a lot of ground in a hurry. That is needed when you are the last line of defense and above he flashes instincts and necessary ball skills to reel in the interception. This creates a big play for his defense. Hyatt is very comfortable playing deep and consistently makes plays where he has to cover a lot of area in a hurry.
There’s no question that he is a free safety who is at his best playing deep, but is also capable of coming up to the line and making plays.
Westerville Central uses Hyatt on a blitz scheme on this play and he finishes it with a sack. For a high school safety, he is a strong tackler who brings a thump when he makes contact. Kentucky likes to use their free safety in a multitude of ways and Hyatt has the skills required to make plays at all three levels of the defense.
Speaking of physicality, multiple times on tape we see Rickey Hyatt Jr. come up to the line and make a play in the run game. He’s not afraid to stick his nose in heavy traffic.
On contact, Hyatt drives the running back backwards and does a great job finishing the tackle before the two players get out of bounds. The free safety tackles with some hostility and that is a great trait to have.
The Westerville, Ohio native appears to have everything UK wants in a free safety. Rickey Hyatt Jr. has great size, excellent closing speed, and is a very solid tackler. His high school team uses him in multiple ways and that is exactly what Kentucky asks their free safety to do. He’s a scheme fit and gives Kentucky another solid recruiting win in the Buckeye State. The Wildcats now have five verbals from the state of Ohio with some more on the way.
Who will be the next to join?
By Hayden Hooper on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
KSBar and Grille is the place in Lexington to catch University of Kentucky games (pre and postgame too) as well as other events such as the NBA Playoffs, UFC fights, the World Cup, MLB games, PGA tour events, and more.
KSBar might be known for their smoked wings but don’t miss out on the brisket platter, fried katfish, chicken and waffles, and the great assortment of burgers. Start off with the house chips loaded to the ceiling smothered with pulled pork or chicken straight off the smoker topped with the house BBQ sauce.
Head to the KSBar and Grille website ksbarandgrille.com to see a full menu and drink list.
Be on the look out for different specials and events.
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By Maggie Davis on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
It’s no secret Ahmad Wagner has become one of Kentucky’s most-dangerous offensive weapons this season. His size, athleticism and uncanny ability to draw a penalty combine to make him lethal for the Wildcats. So far this season, he has nine catches and seven pass-interference calls going his way – that’s good for a 94 percent success rate for balls thrown his way this year.
Wagner and Sawyer Smith agree: the reps they got in with one another before the season officially began have played a huge role in their success now that they both see significant playing time. During camp, Wagner and Smith both played with the twos.
“I was a two a lot during camp, and we got a lot of reps together. Camp is everyday for a lot of hours, and we got a lot of throws together,” Wagner said Tuesday. “I was no stranger to Sawyer [Smith] when he got put in the mix. Like I’ve said before, he’s a great player and I’m happy to be a receiver for him.”
Smith echoed his teammate’s sentiment Wednesday evening.
“I have good chemistry with all of the receivers I think, but we threw a little bit more probably, being that he was also a two,” Smith said of his success rate with Wagner.
Wagner, who’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds, is responsible for his fair share of incredible catches, including this spectacular grab against Florida.
But, according to Wagner, he can’t take all of the credit for great catches like that.
“[Smith] throws a great ball. If I don’t catch it, it’s my fault – it’s nothing to do with him. It’s on me.”
Smith, on the other hand would rather credit his receiver.
“He’s a good target to throw to. Anybody would say that,” Kentucky’s quarterback said of Wagner “He’s a fun target; he’s a big dude.”
Do we have a new bromance on our hands? Or just two really complimentary teammates? Either way, I’m sold.
By Nick Roush on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 8:41pm
One of the most talented defensive backs in the midwest will be a Kentucky Wildcat.
Rickey Hyatt Jr. revealed he will attend the University of Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over Ohio State, Michigan State, Cincinnati and North Carolina on Wednesday evening.
— Rickey Hyatt Jr. (@RickeyHyatt) September 19, 2019
A three-star prospect, Rivals ranks Hyatt as the No. 38 safety in America. Hyatt is the seventeenth member of Kentucky’s 2020 class and the third defensive back.
Near the top of Kentucky’s board, Vince Marrow convinced Hyatt to leave the friendly confines of the Horseshoe to play for UK. He grew up just outside of Columbus and attends Benny Snell’s alma mater, Westerville Central High School.
Many believed the track stat would commit during an unofficial visit in late July. After officially visiting for the season-opening game against Toledo, Hyatt weighed his options for a couple of weeks before ultimately choosing Kentucky. See some of his best work from last season when he recorded just shy of a hundred tackles, three interceptions and five touchdowns.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
KSR’s Jack Pilgrim is joined by Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com and Travis Graf of Cats Illustrated for episode five of the Sources Say Podcast.
This week, the trio of recruiting insiders start the show by breaking down the commitments of Lance Ware and Terrence Clarke.
A few talking points:
- Could Lance Ware be the first four-star forward who departs for the NBA after one season in Lexington?
- Why it’s so huge for Kentucky to lock up a star big man early in the process
- What was with the last-minute Duke buzz for Terrence Clarke?
- Clarke was moved to No. 4 in both Rivals and 247Sports for 2020. ESPN? No. 13.
- Why does Clarke’s commitment make life easier for the Kentucky coaching staff?
Then, Pilgrim, Weingarten, and Graf discuss where Kentucky goes at the point guard position.
Among the topics:
- Jalen Green and Kentucky mutually part ways. Why?
- Why Immanuel Quickley’s potential return as a junior helps Kentucky with Cade Cunningham
- Will Devin Askew’s recruitment come down to Louisville or Kentucky? Who leads?
- Is Josh Christopher still an option?
After breaking down Ware and Clarke, along with the guard options, the Sources Say crew dive into week two of the fall recruiting period.
- Dawson Garcia cuts Kentucky from his list. Is the UK coaching staff confident in other targets?
- Kentucky visits Cliff Omoruyi. Is that option back on the table?
- Could John Calipari convince Jonathan Kuminga to join a “super team” in Lexington?
By Maggie Davis on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 8:15pm
Bud Dupree is one of the most successful former Wildcats currently playing professional football, but he’s also leaving his mark in Pittsburg off the field. His latest project? The outside linebacker recently spent time at the LaRosa Boys and Girls in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
The Boys and Girls club offers after-school programs to children in the area, including workforce development programming, music production and arts programming. For Dupree, it was all about giving back to an organization he’s been involved with for a very long time.
“We had Boys and Girls clubs growing up, and it was always fun to be a part of that,” Dupree said in a video published by the Steelers organization. “So to come out and actually help now and see the progress they’re making is an absolute blessing.”
Dupree was given the honor of cutting the grand-opening ribbon before spending time playing uno, taking selfies and just hanging out with some local kids. He also showed off his “rap skills.” Well, sort of. You can decide that for yourself:
On a more-serious note, it really is awesome to see a former Cat making such a positive influence in his community.
“We just give kids the opportunity to actually see people in the flesh and not just see them on TV, but to see them in the community. It gives them a better perspective on what it takes to make it and be in our shoes,” Dupree said. “And to let some of the kids know that you’ve be in the some similar situations that they’ve been in in their lives. It’s always good to see someone of your caliber being an actual person so you know you can strive for greatness.”
By Maggie Davis on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 7:45pm
Kash Daniel and the rest of Kentucky’s defense spoke with media members Wednesday evening, so No. 56 was finally able to officially respond to allegations he purposefully twisted Kyle Trask’s ankle following one of the Gator’s failed two-point conversions last Saturday. Of course, he responded in the most ‘Kash Daniel’ way possible – definitively, and with some grit.
“Do I talk a lot of crap? Absolutely. Do I bump a dude here and there to get underneath his skin and talk while I’m doing it? Absolutely. That’s a part of my game; that’s what I do. But am I out there to deliberately hurt somebody? Absolutely not.”
A video began to surface online Sunday showing an incident between Daniel and Florida’s quarterback, which showed Daniel’s hand near Trask’s foot after the play. The video doesn’t give viewers a clear view of the incident, but it is clear Daniel eventually rips his hand from the pile before jawing with Trask. The two were quickly separated.
Since the allegations started, it’s been hard for Daniel to take the criticism without having the chance to properly respond.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut about it; I’ve been biting my tongue as long as I can.”
As far as the “dirty play” criticisms go, Daniel is hearing none of it.
“That’s something I actually hold close to me. I’m a victim of a dirty play. If you don’t believe me, I’ve got a plate and seven screws in my right ankle to prove that,” Daniel said, referencing an injury he had in high school.
Daniel went on to list some of his lasting injuries from throughout his football career before detailing what he says actually happened with Trask.
“This surgically-repaired hand has two screws in it, [and] if enough weight goes on it, it still hurts like a you-know-what. My hand is caught underneath here, I instantly get stepped on, I’m trying to move shit around, I pull my hand up there last second… I got it stuck under a lineman’s leg with all that weight on it. Then I pulled it free from that, kept moving stuff, kept hitting legs and finally pulled it through. Maybe [Trask] felt something weird – I don’t know. But I’m not out there to twist nobody’s ankle or hurt nobody. End of story.”
And what did the Gators have to say on the field after the incident?
“I heard something [number] 56, and I play with an F-you mentality. When I hear someone say my number, I’m going to turn around and say it right back to them.”
To watch Daniel’s re-enactment of his hand during the incident, check out Eli Gehn’s video for LEX18 below.
“I’m not out there to twist nobody’s ankle or hurt nobody.”@KashDaniel15 received some scrutiny for an alleged dirty play on Florida QB Kyle Trask. @JonHale_CJ asked Kash for his side of the story. pic.twitter.com/ZaOhFWkYWA
— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnLEX18) September 18, 2019
By Maggie Davis on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Another week… Another opportunity for Kentucky to face a backup quarterback? Maybe.
Mississippi State’s senior quarterback Tommy Stevens went down after back-to-back sacks in the second quarter of the Bulldog’s game against Southern Miss two weeks ago. He started for the Bulldogs the following week, but he was pulled from the game in favor of true freshman Garrett Shrader, who also came in for Stevens following the initial injury. Stevens’ shoulder has been “stiffening up” during the games, potentially affecting his passing ability and accuracy.
Bulldogs head coach Joe Moorhead noted Stevens’ health is further along this week than it was before the game against Kansas State last Saturday. Stevens seemed to agree, although he did say he’s “taking it day by day.”
“I don’t know – it’s kinda hard to think about as far as where I was last week. It’s a whole new week,” Stevens told media members in Starkville. “Yeah, I’d say it’s fair – I think I feel better.”
The starting quarterback may not sound 100 percent confident in his response, but his coach hopes he’s able to play a full game against Kentucky this weekend.
“It would be awesome, just from a consistency standpoint,” Moorhead said. “We fell off from a completion percentage standpoint [against Kansas State without Stevens]. There were times where protection broke down on some third-down stuff, too.”
Stevens was pulled from the game last Saturday after several mistakes leading up to the Bulldog’s eventual loss to Kansas State. In the first half, he threw his first interception of the season and later fumbled; in the second half, he missed an open target, then threw another interception. Coach Moorhead subbed in Shrader following the senior’s second turnover. However, that was far from the Bulldog’s original plan, even after Stevens’ Week One injury.
“Tommy [Stevens] was very motivated to play and wanted to come back and help the team… I think he has earned that right as a fifth-year guy that if he is healthy enough to play that we give him the start,” Moorhead said of his decision to start Stevens last week. “He wanted to try it out and see how it went. It just got to the point where we didn’t want to leave him in the game if he wasn’t going to be able to perform at 100 percent. We had to move on.”
When you look at both teams’ stats from the entire four quarters, it’s hard to believe Mississippi State found a way to lose that game.
As far as the Wildcats are concerned, Mark Stoops doesn’t see a QB change affecting Kentucky’s defense.
“There’s really not much difference in what they do and how they call plays, how they run the offense,” Stoops said at his press conference Monday. “There’s really not much difference at all. Both of them are very effective at running the [quarterback] run game that they like to do; both of them are throwing the ball well. It’s set up off of their power run game. Not much has changed.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
Some unfortunate news for our pal CJ Conrad: yesterday, the New York Giants released the former Cat from their practice squad to sign running back Austin Walter.
The Giants are thin at running back and already have five tight ends on the roster, so the move makes sense in that regard, but it’s still disappointing, especially considering how well CJ played in the preseason. In four games, he had eight receptions for 62 yards, with an impressive 32 yards after catch.
On Saturday, CJ called into the KSR Pregame Show to share his thoughts on the Florida game and talk about how much he was enjoying his time with the Giants. Here’s hoping he finds a new home soon.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
It is going to be hotter than Jodie Meeks against Tennessee down in Starkville this weekend. It is going to be so hot that Mississippi State already has heat advisory initiatives in place for the football game.
So if you are going to the game, (A) give Starkville my love; and (B) read all about what is planned to keep fans from passing out from heat exhaustion while watching the Cats in Mississippi:
— Fans can bring one clear, colorless, full or empty water bottle into the stadium. And before you ask: no, Buffalo Trace bourbon is not clear. Non-clear, color-tinted, stainless steel or non-clear plastic bottles or containers or any other non-clear container are NOT permitted.
— Free water bottle refill stations will be located near sections 4, 12, 21, 104, 308 and 336. I do not know where those sections are exactly but I assume the stadium numbers its sections.
— You can purchase a 20 oz. water for only $2 or a liter for $4 at concessions stands.
— Air conditioned buses and rest stations will be set up outside Gate B and Gate L.
Also, Mississippi State really advises fans to use adequate sunscreen; hydrate early and often; and avoid “excess caffeine and alcohol, which could result in dehydration.” So go easy on the pregame RBVs in the parking lot.
Or do the easy thing and stay home from Starkville. Matter of fact, I highly advise avoiding Starkville under any weather or any circumstances.
By Nick Roush on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
After the first week of the 2019 Kentucky football season, Max Duffy said rather matter of factly that he does not have a future in the NFL.
“I’m not being modest. I honestly don’t think I’m going to be able to make it. I just don’t think I’m very good in the pocket compared to some of the other guys,” Duffy said. “I can’t really compete with that. I do my best. I think I’ve got a good niche at the college level. I can kind of take my time a little bit, but I don’t think I have the hang time for the NFL. We’ll see.”
Two weeks later, Duffy is bombing balls farther down the field than any other college football punter.
With 11 punts on the season, Duffy currently leads the nation in yards per punt with a 51.18 average. Only one other college football player averages more than 50 yards per punt.
Duffy’s strength is accuracy. He’s placed seven balls inside the 20-yard line. That includes a season-high he set against Florida, booting one ball 63 yards down the field. As impressive as it was to see the ball hug the sideline, it is not his best kick at Kentucky. Last year he sent one punt 67 yards.
The Australian sensation may not believe he has an NFL future, but that will change if he keeps kicking at this rate.
This guy was the ? growing up!Little moments like this make me realise how lucky a life I get to live day in day out over here. Experiences I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Continual thanks to everyone who made it possible! pic.twitter.com/KgZVzGEnpR
— Max Duffy (@Max__Duffy) September 16, 2019
By Drew Franklin on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 3:34pm
Big Blue Madness tickets will be distributed next week. That is exciting news. But the bigger part of this story is the Big Blue Madness campout will begin next week.
This year, fans can begin camping outside of the ticket office NO EARLIER THAN 5 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. You cannot set up your tent or claim your real estate ahead of time. If you try, the campout sheriff will throw you in campout jail.
Once Tent City is incorporated, a limited number of control cards will be issued to campers on Friday, September 27 at 2 p.m. All campers must be present at campsite to receive a control card, and a maximum of four control cards will be given at each tent.
If you’re one of the lucky who slept on the ground and braved the Lexington elements to receive a control card, you may begin lining up for ticket distribution at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Campers with control cards must be in line by 10 p.m. when the ticket office opens for business.
For more information because I know at least half of you will do something wrong, click here for complete details, rules and regulations from UK.
Big Blue Madness is Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 2:30pm
Bam Adebayo may be a great basketball player, but he is not a good competitive eater.
As expected, Bam’s team lost the Burger Fi burger-eating charity challenge to competitive eating legend Takeru Kobayashi, but it wasn’t just a loss, it was a blowout. In five minutes, Bam finished one burger to Kobayashi’s TWENTY. His team, which also included former NFL star Russell Maryland, managed to eat eight altogether.
“Bro, this is not my profession,” Bam told Heat beat writer Ira Winderman. “I’ll be ready to throw up right now. He came out strong in the second half.”
From Burger Fi’s Instagram:
Eventually, Bam just gave up and filmed Kobayashi on Instagram Live:
Each cheeseburger consumed raised $100 for charity, so there’s that. And we’ll always have this picture:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Have you ever dreamed of owning Randall Cobb’s house? Now’s your chance. The former Packer, now with the Dallas Cowboys, is selling his house in Ledgeview, a suburb of Green Bay. It could be yours for $649,900.
Here’s a glimpse inside the 4,373 square foot house, which has six bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a wine cellar, a theater room, and a three-plus car garage:
I’ve got kitchen envy.
By Nick Roush on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Kentucky went all in on its recruiting efforts for last Saturday’s primetime showdown against Florida.
“It was a busy weekend,” said Vince Marrow. “Had a lot of top guys in the country here. It was good. They got to see a great atmosphere. They got to see us play well. We didn’t finish, but their parents loved what they saw.”
Along with dozens of unofficial visits from 2020 commits and underclassmen, Kentucky hosted five official visitors, all of which were four-star recruits. It made Marrow and Mark Stoops’ weekend busier than normal.
“I didn’t get out of the stadium until 12:30. Then I had to go down, we have a hospitality room for the parents. I looked up and it was 2 o’clock in the morning before I went home. But you got to do it. When you’ve got that much talent on campus for official visits, you have to do that. It was very productive,” Marrow said.
In the past, official visits were taken later in the year. Teams rolled out the red carpet just before National Signing Day to make one final impression before recruits made their final decision. The early signing period has moved official visits into the regular season. Even though it makes the coaches’ lives more hectic, Marrow believes it works to debunk negative recruiting efforts from other schools.
“I want them to see that atmosphere, because sometimes schools use all that type of stuff against you, saying we don’t have a fanbase like other schools. That atmosphere Saturday — I’ve been to a lot of places, I played in a lot of Super Bowls and that was an electric atmosphere.”
Yes, Marrow did in fact play in a pair of Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 17, 2019
Even though Kentucky lost, the Wildcats played quite a few underclassmen. The recruits and their parents surely took notice.
“What I was very happy for and very encouraged by, we had a lot of young guys that was going to play on that stage and until we played on an SEC stage like that, I wasn’t really sure what we had. Now, I seen what we really have. You saw a lot of young guys step up. You saw what I’ve been telling you guys a long time about Ahamad Wagner. I’m very encouraged by what I saw on that stage.”
The loss may have dampened the spirits of the Big Blue Nation, but it will not steal the Cats’ recruiting momentum.
“This ain’t the old Kentucky,” Marrow said. “We’re built for this. We’re going to keep being built for this.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 12:15pm
The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook hits newsstands soon, and today, editor and publisher Chris Dortch released the preseason Top 25. Your University of Kentucky Wildcats are No. 2 behind their season-opening opponent Michigan State. Here’s the top ten:
1. Michigan State
Three more of Kentucky’s foes made the top 25: Auburn (No. 18), Tennessee (No. 23) and Ohio State (No. 24). Dortch has Kentucky winning the SEC and Ashton Hagans on his All-Conference Team, but picked Florida’s Kerry Blackshear as his SEC Player of the Year and Georgia’s Anthony Edwards as Newcomer of the Year.
6. Ole Miss
9 Mississippi State
10. South Carolina
13. Texas A&M
Speaking of the basketball team, Photo Day was earlier this week. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek from the Kentucky Video Crew:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) September 17, 2019
By Nick Roush on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 11:30am
Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers are having what some might call a rough start to the season. Kentucky’s coaching staff isn’t making things any easier for the Vols.
On Saturday Kentucky hosted four-star defensive end and Knoxville native, Tyler Baron, on an official visit. This morning Chad Simmons from Rivals spoke to three-star wide receiver Jimmy Calloway. The Tennessee commit regrets he was unable to attend Kroger Field over the weekend.
“Kentucky is a school I still talk to almost every day,” said Callaway. “They offered me last year and they have never slowed down recruiting me.
“I was going to visit them this past weekend for the Florida game, but I wasn’t able to get up there. I know I will take an official visit up there.”
In the conversation about Kentucky, Calloway said he’s still “around 80 percent” committed to Tennessee. It’s not a great sign for the Vols, but winning 80 percent of the time is something Pruitt’s program can aspire to do one day in the distant future.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Per usual, the Kentucky Volleyball team is killing it this season, and tonight, they’ll make their national television debut. The No. 16 Wildcats take on No. 21 Purdue at Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
Kentucky is 2-1 vs. Top 25 teams this season and 6-3 overall. They beat No. 23 Cal Poly on opening weekend and No. 15 Southern California in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Earlier this month, they lost to Creighton, which is currently ranked No. 15.
This is one of two nationally televised Top 25 matches for the Cats this week. On Friday, they’ll host No. 25 Louisville at 8 p.m. on SEC Network. Gotta win both, but especially that one.
By KSR on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 10:30am
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If you’re a diehard Kentucky Basketball fan, the John Calipari Fantasy Camp should be high atop your bucket list. The eighth annual Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience will take place October 18-20 at Rupp Arena, and there are still a handful of spots available.
For more details, check out the flyer and visit JohnCalipariBasketballExperience.com to register. You won’t regret it!
By Bryan the Intern on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Here we are again, another year with a loss to Florida that should have been a win. Another year of what ifs and could have beens and the fanbase questioning if this team has it and if this coaching staff has it. The good thing is we are used to these emotions. I counted at least 8 losses to Florida since the SEC expanded that could be considered crippling. The bad thing is how those teams responded to the losses to Florida hasn’t always been the greatest. Because we now have to see if this team can quickly rebound against a quality Mississippi State team. It’s a game that is quite winnable but not a gimme. And in 7 of the 8 instances below, UK was involved in a game with a spread under 10 in the following week:
Florida 24, Kentucky 20 (Chris Doering Game)
Following Week: Indiana 24, Kentucky 8 (UK was a 7-point underdog)
Florida 51, Kentucky 35 (UK makes it back into rankings, UF knocks them back out)
Following Week: Arkansas 27, Kentucky 20 (UK was a 4-point underdog)
Florida 41, Kentucky 34 (4-0 Cats nearly make improbably comeback)
Following Week: South Carolina 16, Kentucky 12 (UK was a 3.5 point favorite)
Florida 24, Kentucky 21 (Cats blow 18 point lead in 4th quarter)
Following Week: South Carolina 27, Kentucky 21 (UK was an 8.5 point underdog)
Florida 45, Kentucky 37 (College Gameday comes to Lexington)
Following Week: Mississippi State 31, Kentucky 14 (UK was a 13 point favorite)
Florida 36, Kentucky 30 (Refs screw Cats in overtime)
Following Week: Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 7 (UK was a 16.5 point favorite)
Florida 14, Kentucky 9 (UK offense stalls in chance to beat Gators)
Following Week: Kentucky 21, Missouri 13 (UK was a 2.5 point favorite)
Florida 28, Kentucky 27 (Cats leave receivers open everywhere)
Following Week: Kentucky 24, Eastern Michigan 20 (UK was a 14 point favorite)
So, the bad news first. UK is just 3-5 overall in the weeks following those terrible Florida losses, and one of the wins was against Eastern Michigan. Secondly, UK is just 1-7 against the spread in these games. Now for the positive. UK has won the last 3 times after crushing Florida losses, all under Stoops. He has been able to do something Curry, Mumme, and Brooks were not able to do. Regroup and win.
UK is facing around a touchdown spread this weekend in Starkville. If the Cats can pull out a win it would be another “bucking the trend” moment in this program’s transformation. The Florida loss knocked us down a peg. A win this weekend could immediately get us back.