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November 27th, 2015

Kash Daniel Brings Home Some Hardware



Before he battles for a State Championship appearance, he’s accepted a prestigious award.  Each year The Paul Hornung Award is given to the country’s most versatile college football player.  The Hornung Award is also given to the most versatile high school football player in the state of Kentucky.

It’s hard to imagine this award going to anybody else.  He quarterbacks the state’s #8 scoring offense, playing the position like Tim Tebow, powering through tackles in the running game and dropping some deep ball dimes from time-to-time.  He’s a menace on defense, ranked as the nation’s third best inside linebacker by 247 Sports.

The awards started rolling in when he was selected to be on the U.S. Army All-American Team.  I’m sure there will be many more to come.

What was that boom last night in Boyle County?

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Did anyone else hear the loud boom in Boyle or Mercer County last night? Around 9 p.m., a loud explosion was heard all around Danville and surrounding communities, so loud it woke my parents’ dogs up from their nap during the Packers/Bears game, not an easy feat in the Thompson household.

911 dispatchers in Boyle County received several reports of an explosion, with some claiming they felt the Earth shake; however, police haven’t been able to find the source or any damage. Social media took off with conspiracy theories. LEX 18 meteorologist Melissa Nord suggested the noise was a sonic boom from a meteor breaking the speed of sound.

After doing some digging on Facebook (the only true news source), I’ve got another theory: tannerite targets. Parksville resident Josh Tarter posted this video of himself shooting a tannerite target (exploding target made of ammonium nitrate and aluminium powder for firearms practice) last night, and said police showed up at his door for questioning:

Happy Thanksgiving 󾭚. I’m glad I’m white or the many police that came to my door may have tased me for shooting targets on my property.

Posted by Josh Tarter on Thursday, November 26, 2015

Is that sound loud enough to travel across multiple counties? Apparently this is the second major “boom” heard in the Commonwealth in recent weeks, the first being in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area a few weeks ago.

Randall Cobb stars in the UK/UofL hype video

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We’re a little over 24 hours away from the Governor’s Cup and our pals at KyWildcatsTV just released their latest hype video, featuring clips of Randall Cobb giving his teammates a pregame pep talk during his playing days and other great UK/UofL moments:

Personally, I want to know what this guy’s up to these days:

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How the Football Cats enjoyed Thanksgiving

Tomorrow’s game is do-or-die for the Cats, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying a good Thanksgiving meal with their football family. Several of the players spent the day with their position coaches and their families:

Tommy Mainord and the wide receivers:


Andy Buh and the specialists:


Derrick Ansley and the secondary:


Which group put down the most food? My money’s on the wide receivers.

Meanwhile, this picture of Papa Brooks and his turkey is the best thing you’ll see today:


Black Friday started with a brawl at Mall St. Matthews

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Some of you have already been up for hours doing your Black Friday shopping. If you were at St. Matthews Mall, you may have witnessed a huge brawl at the food court. Here’s a video captured by @DaddyWeaknd last night:

Another fight broke out at Florence Mall (Y’all) in Northern Kentucky:

Is anything worth getting up that early AND fighting for? I don’t think so.

South Florida’s starting center looks familiar

If you think South Florida’s starting center looks like DeMarcus Cousins, it is because South Florida’s starting center is the younger brother of DeMarcus Cousins.

Jaleel Cousins, a senior, is the Bulls’ starting center this season. He transferred from Navarro College once Orlando Antigua took the head coaching job, and he is averaging eight points and eight rebounds in his second year at USF.

At 6-11 and 265 pounds, the younger Cousins has a striking resemblance to the former Wildcat, in the face and in how he plays. The No. 15 jersey and the occasional headband add to the similarity.

Jaleel isn’t nearly as dominant as DeMarcus, but he will present a challenge inside for Skal Labissiere. Like his big brother, Jaleel is big and mean on the court.


The South Florida Game’s Friday Morning Wakeup

How ya feeling today? A little stuffed? Well get over it and get your mind right for Kentucky basketball because the Cats tip off in eight hours. John Calipari and the guys are down in lovely Miami for a meeting with South Florida in the conclusion of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. The game is also the first of a double-header, preceding Ohio State and Memphis on the same floor.

Before you head to the kitchen to heat up some leftovers, digest these game-related notes this morning…


Kentucky opened as a 22.5 point favorite.

Before you unload on that line, keep in mind Calipari won’t run up the score on Orlando Antigua. Any other coach and I think UK covers.

UK Athletics has a cool photo gallery from yesterday’s practice.

The Cats used American Airlines Arena for a Thanksgiving Day practice yesterday. The good people at UK Athletics have a photo gallery from the day here.

UK Athletics | @KentuckyMBB

Are you ready for Ryan Ruocco and Kara Lawson?

That’s your broadcast team for today’s game. Fun fact about Ruocco: he is the fill-in for our friend Ian Eagle on Brookyln Nets broadcasts. #TheMoreYouKnow

Tyler Ulis looking for fourth consecutive game with at least 15 points and five assists.

With his 15 and six in Tuesday night’s victory, Ulis became the first Wildcat to have at least 15 points and five assists in three consecutive games since John Wall in 2010. Wall did that a lot. He averaged 16.6 points and 6.5 assists per game in his only season in Lexington.

Alex Poythress is hoping for back-to-back-to-back double-doubles.

It had been over two years since Poythress’ last double-double, before doing it in consecutive games against Wright State and Boston. Today he’s out to make it three straight, which would bring his career total to five.

South Florida started the season 0-4.

It got its first win earlier this week against Albany after four straight losses to begin the year:

L – Troy, 82-77
L – NJIT, 60-57
L – George Washington, 73-67
L – Boston, 78-66
W – Albany, 63-61

The Bulls’ leading scorer is a freshman named Jahmal McMurray.

That’s going to get a little confusing.

Monmouth beat Notre Dame and you need to see the locker room celebration.

The Kentucky Sports Radio pregame show will begin at 2:30 pm.

No morning KSR today, but you can listen to Matt, Ryan and me on the KSR pregame show at 2:30 pm. It’ll make for good listening as you wind down from your Black Friday shopping.

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: State High School Football Semifinals Tonight!

(Photo by Mike DeZarn,

(Photo by Mike DeZarn,

Wow, what a week of high school football last Friday.  Just a rundown of what happened:

-Two Top 50 teams nationally played a classic in Louisville, with 6-A #1 Male coming up with a 20-19 win over #2 Trinity thanks to a late extra point miss.

-The four 6-A quarterfinals were decided by 1, 1, 3, and 6 points respectively.

-5-A #1 Bowling Green went into Owensboro and crushed the #2 Red Devils, solidifying their status as heavy favorite in that class.

-Despite being unranked coming into the playoffs, Highlands has played it’s way into the semifinals once again in their first year in 5-A.

-Danville became the only team in the state to win each of it’s 3 playoff games by more than 40 points.

-In a quirk of classification, we are now guaranteed at least 3 new champions in the 5 classes, but 5 of 6 champions from last year still remain.  Highlands and Mayfield moved up in class.

Tonight’s schedule below, with defending champions in bold.

Class 6-A
#1 Male at Central Hardin
#7 Lafayette at #3 Simon Kenton

Class 5-A
#4 Fern Creek at #1 Bowling Green
#3 Pulaski County at Highlands

Class 4-A (defending champ Highlands moved to 5-A)
#3 Shelby County at #1 South Warren
#4 Johnson Central at #8 Wayne County

Class 3-A
#6 Lexington Catholic at #2 Elizabethtown
Corbin at #1 Belfry

Class 2-A
#4 Desales at #1 Mayfield
#2 Danville at #10 Newport Central Catholic

Class 1-A (defending champion Mayfield moved to 2-A)
#2 Beechwood at #7 Russellville
#4 Pikeville at #1 Paintsville

November 26th, 2015

Ranking Thanksgiving Side Dishes, from worst to best


Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a truly American holiday because yeah, the historical stuff, but also because people are encouraged to eat as much as they can. Only on days like today are you encouraged to stuff your face, get drunk, put on stretchy pants, watch football and nap, all before 5 p.m. (In some cultures, we also call this “Sunday Funday.”)

To get you ready for the busy day ahead, I ranked every Thanksgiving side dish I could think of from worst to best:

16. Creamed onions

Look, I love onions as much as the next person, but what is that?! The internet tells me creamed onions are pearl onions that are cooked slowly over time until they’re sweet. Apparently it’s a New England thing, and that’s fine by me. They can keep their mushy little onions while we slather butter and cheese over carbs like normal fat Southerners.

15. Cranberry sauce (canned)

Cranberry sauce is the dish you think you have to have on your Thanksgiving table but is rarely ever touched; that’s especially true of canned cranberry sauce, which is why you put the least responsible person in your family in charge of it because there’s no messing that up.

Mmm…you know what goes great with this delicious turkey we spent hours slaving over? This gelatinous cranberry substance in the shape of an aluminum can that Derek didn’t even bother to cut up. 


14. Carrots

No matter how hard you try to dress them up — balsamic reductions, roasted, truffle butter, etc. — they’re just carrots. The only reason they belong on the Thanksgiving table is so you can guilt your kids into eating something healthy before the second helping of pie.

13. Squash

You know what sucks? Serving yourself what you think is sweet potatoes only to find out it’s squash.

12. Cranberry sauce (fresh)

The only reason this is higher on the list than the canned variety is it takes actual effort to make, meaning whoever is in charge of making it will guilt you into eating at least a spoonful.

11. Brussels Sprout

As an adult, I have mostly gotten over my childhood distaste for brussels sprout; however, I think it says something about them that they are only acceptable as a Thanksgiving side dish when they’re cooked with bacon and onions.

10. Green bean casserole

The real stars of this dish are the fried onions on top. One of the things I love most about Thanksgiving is that it’s perfectly acceptable — encouraged, even — to make foods that are supposed to be healthy — green beans, brussels sprout, broccoli, sweet potatoes, etc. — totally unhealthy.

I guess we should have something green on the table…hmm…just put these beans in a dish, put some Cream of Mushroom soup, butter, and cheese on them and stick it in the oven for a while. …Wait, still too much green. Throw those fried onions on it. 

9. Broccoli casserole

See above.

8. Sweet potato casserole

See above, just make it even better by putting brown sugar, butter, and pecans on top. Or marshmallows. I personally prefer the former, but hey, neither is healthy and both give you an excuse to eat something sweet before dessert.

7. Baked apples

And no, not like whole baked apples like some people make. I’m talking about sliced up apples cooked in brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon served piping hot, Cracker Barrel style. The ultimate example of healthy gone bad and by bad I mean awesome.

6. Dinner rolls

The dark horse of any holiday meal. I personally prefer rolls to be slightly sweet and just soft enough to soak up leftovers on the plate. If you’re in the Danville area, Burke’s Bakery has THE BEST dinner rolls around. Tell ’em I sent you.

5. Corn pudding

Not a huge fan of corn by itself, but who isn’t a fan of corn cooked in butter, milk, sugar, and eggs? This is a staple dish on any southern Thanksgiving table.

4. Gravy

Some people may consider gravy a condiment, but not this blogger. Gravy is the Tyler Ulis of the Thanksgiving table; it makes everything around it better. Mashed potatoes a little bland? Gravy. Turkey too dry? Gravy. Little brother won’t shut up? Gravy. (Although that last one might get you in trouble.)

3. Mac and cheese

Mac and cheese on any day is amazing. Fancy it up by popping it in the oven and you’ve got a Thanksgiving classic. Even if all of the other side dishes fail, you can never go wrong with mac and cheese.

2. Mashed potatoes

I mean, just look at that. I went back and forth over mashed potatoes and stuffing for the #1 spot, and even though mashed potatoes didn’t come out on top, everyone wins. Lumpy or smooth, with gravy, sour cream, or butter, there is nothing better than overloading on this delicious carbohydrate. Some things are just worth being fat for.

1. Stuffing

Other than Thanksgiving and Christmas, when do you eat stuffing? Exactly. That’s why it’s the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish, no matter how you prepare it. My mother makes stuffing balls with spicy sausage, taking the dish to an entirely different level. (My sister and I fight over who gets to be the taste tester.) Since we don’t put our stuffing inside of the bird, technically I guess it should be called dressing, but whatever. That just sounds odd. Stuffing balls FTW.

I’m sure some of you disagree on the rankings, which is why I came up with this handy little ranking tool for you to weigh in yourselves:

Happy eating.

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Thanksgiving Tweets of the Day


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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Big Blue Nation

Best family anyone can have.



#9 zel




#8 Jay Lawless




#7 Jamie Stogsdill

Only way Tennessee can sell tickets is through Cyber Monday sales.



#6 Drake Jackson

Can’t wait to see this guy on the field.



#5 Bam Adebayo

We are thankful that you are a Wildcat as well!



#4 Willows at Citation

Can’t wait to roast the Cardinals on Saturday.



#3 Kentucky Wildcats

#Blessed because of Tyler Ullis



#2 CeeCee

Definitely the first choice.



#1 Rob Pedigo

Can’t wait to see what our Christmas present is.




Thanksgiving Night Notes

I emerged from my food coma to put a few words on the internet this evening, because the blogging life never takes a day off. I hope all of you who do have the day off are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family and the relatives you don’t really like but pretend to like because you’re related. You know who I’m talking about.

Enjoy today’s turkey and tomorrow’s leftovers and then get fired up for the Louisville game on Saturday. We’ve got a basketball game between now and then, too. Big couple of days here.


Pat Riley spoke to the Cats.

The former UK great stopped by the team’s practice yesterday at the Miami Heat’s practice facility. He delivered an inspiring speech, according to the Kentucky basketball Twitter account.

Sacha Killeya-Jones enjoyed his time in Lexington.

He’ll be back next summer as a member of the 2016-17 squad.

Jahlil Okafor punched a guy last night.

While Karl-Anthony Towns is busy averaging a double-double in Minnesota, Jahlil Okafor is punching people outside night clubs. The former Duke star landed a right to the face of a man in Boston last night as he was leaving a club.

Okafor told him, “We got money you broke ass *****.”

What a d-bag thing to say. It’s the ultimate d-bag thing to say.

Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine messed around and got another triple-double.

Valentine had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Spartans’ win over Boston College. He now has more triple-doubles in the last 10 days than Kentucky has in the entire history of the program.

He’s good.

Cheick Diallo is cleared to play at Kansas.

He can began playing for the Jayhawks on December 1 after serving a five-game suspension for receiving impermissible benefits. We’ll get a look at him on January 30 when the Cats head to the Phog for a rare January non-conference game.

Limited number of tickets still available for the Louisville game.

The game is very close to being a sellout, so hurry up and buy your tickets if you plan to go. There is a very limited selection still available on Ticketmaster and the team needs you there. Get there. Get loud. Beat Louisville.


Happy Thanksgiving!

How to Deal: Thanksgiving Edition

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Hello, friends. You’re looking well. That’s a very interesting costume. You’re a pilgrim, I take it? I love how you fashioned a pilgrim hat out of a bucket and your own belt. Maybe let’s not drink anymore, okay?

Friends, today we celebrate all we have for which we’re thankful. It’s a day of connecting with loved ones, being grateful and enjoying the company of those around us. I hope that’s precisely what you’re doing, but just in case yours is a family where drama sets in upon dinner, your pal Tomlin is happy to help with a troubleshooting guide for the Thanksgiving holiday. Hope this helps. I’m thankful for all of you guys today. Happy Thanksgiving, gang. Just put a bunch of that food in a bag to go for me will you? I’m not staying to eat here. No offense.


THE SITUATION: You want to watch the Wildcats play the South Florida Bulls at the Hoophall Miami Invitational but your family wants to raise Christmas decorations and a tree at your home.

HOW TO DEAL: Don’t make waves. DVR the game on ESPN, stay off social media, and relax later with the game after a great day of spending time with your loved ones in the Christmas spirit. It’s just South Florida. Our chances are good that it won’t be too much of a barnburner.


THE SITUATION: Your Cardinal-loving in-laws are talking some friendly smack about the impending game on Saturday.

HOW TO DEAL: Oh, this classic dilemma; while it’s terribly rude of them to antagonize a UK-loving son-in-law on the holidays, it’s important to remember that drinking a 1.75 of Hennessy and hotboxing a blunt in their 2012 Hyundai Accent will cloud the mind of your aged sixty-something mother- and father-in-law, leading to unfounded and cocksure claims. Laugh it off; there’s no reason to storm out of the tanning salon they own – that’s only going to exacerbate the situation. If you must retaliate, choose rather to just laugh, kiss their daughter on the cheek and remind her parents that you’ve been doing to her for several years what Bobby Petrino is doing now to the sanctity of the Louisville Program. Then pull up a chair to their Thanksgiving party sub, pour yourself a Crown Royal and orange soda and try to make the best of the holiday.


THE SITUATION: Your nephew Miles has chosen, against your advice, to attend a college closer to home rather than branch out and expand his horizons out-of-state.

HOW TO DEAL: Be supportive. Remind him that although winters can be cold in East Lansing, and if he’s cool slumming it against cakewalks like Rutgers and Nebraska, that’s fine by you and you’ll support his decision. Then give him a hug, a handshake, and tell him he’s dead to you. It’s tough love but someday he’ll respect you for it. For added emphasis, pull out a copy of your will (make sure it’s just a copy!) and burn it in the yard as you tell him he’s throwing his future away for a Final Four appearance at best.


THE SITUATION: Everyone is badmouthing your cousin Aaron, who didn’t bother to show up to Thanksgiving dinner.

HOW TO DEAL: Defend your cousin in his absence. It’s not right for your family to speak ill about someone who isn’t present – and besides, it’s not like the Packers play every Thanksgiving. Turn the tables on the perpetrators by pointing out the platinum silver table you’re eating on, the diamond encrusted utensils everyone is using, the rare jade-sculpted chairs everyone is sitting on and the house made of solid gold he bought for your aunt and uncle. Also, remind them that Olivia Munn will be around at Christmas and she’s totally hot.


THE SITUATION: Your uncle insists on inviting his friend and her family to Thanksgiving dinner.

HOW TO DEAL: Try your best to get along with your uncle Andre’s friends – a mother and her two friendly daughters – as if they were part of your own family. Smile and clap along as they sexy-dance on a load-bearing column in the finished basement and tell stories of some of their favorite basketball players. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DRINK AFTER THEM. Remember, strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet and who will sometimes have sex with you for money!


THE SITUATION: While everyone was out playing football in the yard, Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings climbed up on the kitchen counter and ate all the Thanksgiving dinner.

HOW TO DEAL: Be firm with Coach Stallings by pointing his face at the mess and telling him he’s been bad. Then make him go out in the yard. He won’t learn anything if you don’t discipline him right away.


THE SITUATION: While attending the UK-Louisville football game on Saturday, your Louisville fan brother-in-law gets drunk and, while shouting expletive-laden Louisville chants and urinating into a large, open sewer grate, teeters on the edge for a moment with no one around to see it.

HOW TO DEAL: No one will ever know what happened. If you can live with it, you know what you have to do. Can you live with it? Okay. We will take this to our grave, do you hear me? OUR GRAVE. This is going to be our secret now. Don’t fall apart on me. You can’t fall apart on me. It’s now or never. We’re bonded together. If you I go down, you go down. This is our thing for life; you got that? Now let’s do this on three.

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Happy Thanksgiving, Cats Approaching Win Streak!

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Got an email from a reader earlier this week asking a question that is perfectly built for my research.  Despite losing a game last season, UK hasn’t lost a REGULAR SEASON game since the season finale at home against Florida in 2014.  Since then, UK has reeled off 31 consecutive wins in 2014-15 and 5 more this season, for a total of 36 consecutive wins in the regular season.  Pretty impressive, eh?

Well, it is in fact the 2nd longest regular season winning streak in school history.  The Cats, maybe unfortunately, will need 14 more wins in a row to surpass the record set over 3 season in the mid-1950’s.  Even more impressive, UK has had just 4 streaks of 20 wins or more in the regular season in modern school history:

1952-54: 49 straight (3 seasons)
2014-15: 36 straight (2 seasons)
2002-03: 27 straight (2 seasons)
1995-96: 25 straight (1 season)

So, what is it going to take?  Here are UK’s next 14 opponents:

at South Florida
Illinois State
Eastern Kentucky
Arizona State
Ohio State (in Brooklyn)
Ole Miss
at LSU
at Alabama
Mississippi State
at Auburn
at Arkansas

There might be more loseable games in that group than there are games that are a lock.  That SEC slate is pretty difficult to start the conference season.  And I still think at UCLA is going to be a tricky game, even with last year’s result.

So, what do you think?  Is the regular season win streak in jeopardy?  Which of those 14 games scares you the most?


November 25th, 2015

Governor’s Cup Positional Analysis

In a seemingly quiet Governor’s Cup game week, the Cats and Cards are preparing for Saturday’s showdown. Louisville is favored; but after digging in on statistics, schedules, and other factors, I wouldn’t be comfortable declaring either a prohibitive favorite.

Here’s an interpretation of position group analysis:


Quarterback: Louisville

Lamar Jackson or Kyle Bolin? Most likely both based upon situation, weather, down-distance, and momentum. True freshman Lamar Jackson has, at times, put on a freakish athletic show and, on other occasions, reminded Cardinal fans that he is just one year removed from high school. Jackson is most dangerous with his legs; however, he’s shown improvement as a passer. Lexington’s Kyle Bolin was forced into action last year and with the help of DeVante Parker, beat the Cats 44-40. Bolin is a pure pocket-passing quarterback. Within the U of L offense, it all starts and finishes with the quarterback position.

Drew Barker will be making his second start in the biggest game of the year. While I don’t feel Barker is easy to rattle, the moment is going to be awfully big for the redshirt freshman. His first start was efficient as he managed the elements and explosive run game for a 58-10 win over Charlotte. Drew will be helped by a trio of capable running backs.

Running back: Kentucky

Both Boom Williams and JoJo Kemp went over the 100-yard mark against Charlotte. Sihiem King added 5 carries for 90 yards as Mikel Horton remains at the ready. A new wrinkle in a jumbo/short yardage package was the addition of 336-pound fullback, Jacob Hyde. Kentucky is coming off of 415 yards against Charlotte and 225 against a Vanderbilt defense that was only allowing 113 per game.

Louisville’s leading rusher is quarterback,Lamar Jackson. RB Brandon Radcliff has gained 569 yards and scored 5 touchdowns.

Offensive line: Even

Against Charlotte, the Cats had something going on the right side with Cole Mosier and George Asafo-Adjei. It became obvious that part of the Wildcat OL struggles correlated with Asafo-Adjei’s absence due to injury. Left tackle Jordan Swindle will have his hands full on Saturday and will require RB/TE assistance versus Louisville edge rushers. Kentucky has allowed 27 QB sacks and 74 tackles for loss (TFL). UK is averaging 379 yards and 25.3 points per game.

The Cardinals have given up 43 QB sacks and 86 TFLs. Starting three freshmen has been a trial by fire for the U of L front five. Even with the overabundance of lost yardage plays, Louisville is averaging 398 yards per game and 28 points.

Receiver/TE: Louisville

Cards average 253 passing yards per game as it spreads catches throughout a young yet effective receiving corps. Replacing DeVante Parker has proven to be as challenging as Kentucky finding its next Bud Dupree. James Staples and James Quick lead with catches, yards, and touchdowns. TE Mickey Crum has developed into a chain moving target.

Kentucky’s passing yardage has declined as the season progressed. It’s now averaging 210 yards per game. Dorian Baker leads the team in catches as Garrett Johnson tops the receiving corps in yardage. CJ Conrad and Darryl Long have not been targeted nor thrown to; however both are potential first down producing pass catchers.


Defensive line: Even

This advantage or lack thereof may surprise. But, following research, Kentucky and Louisville have two defensive linemen in its Top 10 tacklers. For Kentucky, Cory Johnson is third and Farrington Huguennin is sixth.

Sheldin Rankins leads the Cardinal defensive front with 48 tackles, 5 QB sacks, and 10 TFLs. Rankins will be the best defensive lineman in the game and is assured to play on Sundays. DeAngelo Brown has 6.5 TFLs and 2 QB sacks.

Linebackers: Louisville

The Cards are deep and talented at this position. In the preseason, UofL LBs were considered potentially the best in the ACC. Keith Kelsey, James Burgess, DeVante Fields, Keith Brown, and Trevon Young are active, disruptive, and aggressive. An extremely high number of TFLs and QB sacks/hurries statistically supports: 30 QB sacks and 80 Tackles for Loss.

Secondary: Louisville

Louisville has intercepted 15 passes. Its secondary is not as dynamic as 2014, but still a solid group led by former Georgia Bulldog Josh Harvey-Clemons. He’s joined at safety by Charles Williams. Corners are fellow former Dawg Shaq Wiggins and Trumaine Washington.

Kentucky’s true freshmen cornerbacks are gaining momentum and confidence with each snap. Chris Westry and Derrick Baity will be challenged on Saturday. The Wildcat safeties are its only true, SEC two deep at the position. AJ Stamps and freshman Mike Edwards are this week’s starters with Darius West and Marcus McWilson in the rotation. Given the Cats’ 8 interceptions compared to 15 for the Cardinals, this analysis was close. Louisville has played poor offenses in the closing portion of its schedule.


Kicker Austin MacGinnis’ health is again under the microscope. Miles Butler has ably filled in for the All-SEC performer. Landon Foster has somewhat returned to 2014 form. Governor’s Cup field position battle will be critical.

Louisville’s Traveon Samuel returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, but other than that, the two teams are a wash.

Miscellaneous Thoughts

  • Louisville best position group: Linebacker
  • Kentucky best position group: Safety
  • If it rains: Advantage Kentucky
  • Kentucky wins at home if it plays like it did vs: Missouri (When Maty Mauk existed)
  • Louisville wins if it plays like it did on the road vs: Perhaps NC State. Louisville has not played well on the road in 2015.

What does this mean?

Numbers give the Cardinals a slight edge. The game could come down to which freshman quarterback makes the least mistakes (Lamar Jackson or Drew Barker) and which struggling offensive line plays the best; however, in a rivalry game, the unexpected is expected. Last year’s game broke the trend of the winner goes to the team with the highest rushing totals. If the game comes down to the ground game, Kentucky would have the advantage.

For the Cats to win, it must stay out of certain passing situations. Louisville’s pass rushers are just too good for Kentucky’s offensive line to sustain. Conversely, UK’s pass rushers have to produce QB sacks and TFLs as field position will play a critical role.

As for who wins? Vegas says Louisville. BBN says UK. Card Nation says UofL. As for me, Saturday is a toss-up dependent upon situational execution, field position, and turnovers. For the Wildcats, 1st down offensive plays cannot continue to lead to 2nd and 10 plus. Passes have to be caught. Tackles cannot be missed.

Sit back and enjoy, this one may go down to the wire. 

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

10. Rich Greenwell

9. Scott Charlton


8. Jeremy Cobb

7. Prez Schmeli

6. Coach Derrick Ansley

5. Cash Gilliam

4. Jared Lorenzen

3. John Engle


2. Kentucky Josh


1.  Jewelielou (and it isn’t just because she agreed with me)

By the looks of that casserole, I’m not going to regret getting that white chili recipe from you, Ms. Jewelielou.