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Keys To An Upset: JoJo Kemp and More


Yes it is crazy to even hypothesize that a Kentucky team with just one year could find a way to dethrone the two time defending national champions. However you can never say never in the world of sports and it’s fun to imagine Kentucky beginning their road to relevancy with a upset of the top team in the land. Here’s what the Cat’s will need to have clicking if they are going to have any shot this Saturday.

Jojo Kemp: Instant Offense

I remember sitting on the couch with my dad watching the Cats do work on the hardwood when a freshman Jodie Meeks would check into the game. “I like him,” my dad would say “That kid is instant offense” I can’t help but think the same thing every time Kemp gets to touch the football. Through five games Kemp leads the rushing corps in yards despite getting fewer carries than Senior Raymond Sanders. Kemp has shown a dynamic ability to make plays in the open field as he has found away to earn 10 yards or more on a single carry in each of the last four games. Saturday Kemp will need to have his number called often if the Cats want to move the ball against ‘Bama. Easier said than done against an Alabama defense that is stout but not perfect..

Alabama’s Susceptible Defense?

Last season the Crimson Tide relied on a defense that didn’t budge in order to march to the National Championship game. This season Alabama’s defense isn’t the same unstoppable juggernaut it was last season. First up they currently rank number 103 in the nation with just 6 sacks on the year. A surprising number when you consider they finished last season with 35 en route to the crystal trophy. Perhaps that can be expected when you lose a bunch of guys who are now playing on Sundays. Despite that lack of pressure opponents everyone not named Johnny Manziel had struggled to put up points on Alabama this year. Perhaps if the Cats find a way to run the ball and score a few touchdowns that will be the biggest upset we can truly hope for this weekend.

 

If Kentucky found a way to win Saturday it would unquestionably be the greatest win in program history. Unfortunately that seems like only a pipe dream as the improving Cats just aren’t on that level just yet. Kentucky will need a herculean effort from everyone on offense this Saturday and a massive screwup from the Tide defense to key an upset. Regardless, with Keeneland and football on deck for Saturday it’s going to be an awesome time to be in Lexington. No matter what the outcome. Go Cats.

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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7 responses to “Keys To An Upset: JoJo Kemp and More”

  1. Blue Jesus

    I understand the concept of optimism just fine, but it’s starting to get a little embarrassing reading these posts week in and week out. After the Alabama game we might have cause for optimism, but these last three weeks have a sort of boy-who-cries-wolf feel to them…

  2. Joe

    Yes it is crazy to even hypothesize that a Kentucky team with just one year could find a way to dethrone the two time defending national champions.

    Yes, it is, so let’s just stop there shall we?

    However you can never say never in the world of sports and it’s fun to imagine Kentucky beginning their road to relevancy with a upset of the top team in the land.

    I find it fun to imagine that Carmen Elektra stops by for a drink, too…u’uuum I’ll be in my bunk.

  3. jd

    Corey Peters is looking really good in MNF.

  4. tippytoe

    Here is a real scenario: Saban puts all 11 on defense in the box, daring Whitlow to throw. Whitlow tries to run anyway and doesn’t make through the game healthy. Max comes in and gets sacked 18 times hurting his shoulder, and Towles finally gets to see some action.That is a much more believable hypothesis.

  5. Wildcatsteeler

    Dream on. A decent showing is a win here.

  6. Buckets

    Unquestionably the greatest win in school history? Certainly there is some question. 1951 Sugar Bowl was pretty big considering the national title that came with that win. Sure, it was 60-plus years ago — twice as long as I’ve even been alive — but that was pretty big. And what about No. 1 LSU in 2007? What about Stevie gettin’ loose in ’08?

    Unquestionably is more than a bit strong. Let’s try and have just a little historical perspective.

  7. barn

    this game will be remembered as mark stoops’ signature win