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Today on KSR: Football Season is Right Around the Corner

Good morning friends! We’ve almost made it. There’s only one weekend left without college football. Has the off-season seemed incredibly long for anyone else or just me? Either way, we’re almost at the finish line – yay! To hold you over, let’s review what’s happening right now:

Speaking of Football…

The football team held an important scrimmage yesterday. Our beat writer Nick Roush met with Coach Stoops and select players afterwards. Check out his coverage including the big performance from the offense.

Is it September 1 yet?

Matt Jones won an Emmy

Matt Jones and the “Hey Kentucky” Crew won an Emmy last night and I couldn’t be more proud. Whether it’s a radio show, a website, a TV show or a (soon to be) bar, Matt excels at everything he does and I’m glad he’s the captain of this team we call KSR!

Congrats guys!

You need to watch this nun throw a pitch

I’ll take “sentences I’d never thought I’d type” for $400, Alex. Nuns are having a big sports year this year (another sentence I never thought I would type), first our beloved Sister Jean and now we’ve got Sister Mary from Chicago. Watch this for yourself:

I’ve watched this four times this morning and I’m still mesmerized. Talk about spiritual gifts, am I right?

Welcome to UK, Freshmen!

The Freshmen are officially back on campus and are looking younger than ever. Move-in started Thursday and should be over by now but, I’d still recommend staying away from campus for a bit. Unless you want to feel old and get stuck in traffic. I made the mistake of going to Local Taco Thursday night and it was a freshmen/parent madhouse. Take my advice and avoid the Nicholasville road Walmart and Target too, trust me.

 

Well, that’s all I have this morning, friends! Enjoy one of the last Sundays’  without football, be safe and wear sunscreen! Go Cats!

 


Kentucky’s Path to Seven Regular Season Wins is Simple

Kentucky’s Path to Seven Regular Season Wins is Simple

We are only two weeks away from Kentucky’s season-opener against Central Michigan.  Instead of getting into the nitty gritty on the Chippewas, let’s think about the big picture.

Mark Stoops has set the bar at seven regular season wins after achieving the goal in consecutive seasons.  With 18 returning starters, some fans are ready to see the Cats take another step forward by winning eight or nine games.  The pessimists point toward a difficult schedule and uncertainty at quarterback to question whether Kentucky can even become bowl eligible.

Advanced analytics say Kentucky will struggle to win six. Bill Connelly at SB Nation crunched the numbers using the S&P+ metrics to conclude that Kentucky will only be favored in five games.

Being favored doesn’t ensure victory, just ask the 27-point favorite 2016 Louisville Cardinals.  The formula for UK football success is simple: beat the teams you’re supposed to and pull of a few upsets. Here is how Kentucky gets to at least seven wins, and who they can potentially upset to get eight or more in the regular season, something that hasn’t happened since 1984.

Four Must-Wins: CMU, Murray State, MTSU and Vandy

Aside from Murray State, these games will not be easy.  Central Michigan won eight games in 2017, Middle Tennessee runs Tony Franklin’s Air Raid with the head coach’s son (a three-year starter who can run) at quarterback and Vandy’s offense will put up points with Kyle Shurmur’s arm.  At least two will be ugly wins, but wins are wins.

Two of Three Road Games: Mizzou, UofL and Tennessee

Last year the Cats had to win three road games to get to seven wins.  In 2016 they beat Mizzou and UofL on the road to reach seven.  Winning on the road isn’t something Kentucky fans are accustomed to, especially at Tennessee, but they must steal a few against comparable competition.

If you compare each position between UK and all three opponents, the talent is about even.  Missouri’s offense has the potential to be the SEC’s best, if Derek Dooley doesn’t mess it up, but nothing about Columbia, Missouri is scary.  Louisville is a rivalry game that is almost guaranteed to be close no matter where it’s played (as long as you don’t have an angry Lamar Jackson).  Tennessee might be the worst team in the East, but Neyland Stadium hasn’t been a fun place for UK fans since the 1984 season.

If you take the logos off the helmets and put history aside, it’s easy to see how Kentucky can win two of these three games to get to six regular season wins.

One of Two Tough Home Games: Miss. State and South Carolina

There are so many uncertainties in the two home games that close out September.  Kentucky could win or lose both, but if they win just one there will still be plenty of optimism for the rest of the year.

You’ll call me crazy when I say Miss. State might be the UK opponent with the most NFL talent on its roster.  Montez Sweat and Jeffrey Simmons give the Bulldogs the best defensive line in the league, Aeris Williams is a powerful runner that’s hard to tackle, but not as tough to bring down as quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.  Miss. State has won eight out of the last nine against UK, but Kentucky won the last game at Kroger Field and Dan Mullen has departed, leaving a little uncertainty on the shoulders of Joe Moorhead.

There are two reasons why beating South Carolina is uncertain:

  • Beating a team five times in a row is tough.
  • Deebo Samuel is arguably the SEC’s best playmaker.

Jake Bentley isn’t scary (I might take injured Stephen Johnson over Bentley).  Some may cringe at South Carolina’s nine-win season, but you shouldn’t.  Their ninth win came against a Michigan team that had no business being in the Outback Bowl (it should’ve been Northwestern, but name recognition).  The defense that carried the Gamecocks (SEC’s No. 2 in turnover margin and No. 5 scoring defense) lost its entire secondary and Skai Moore, USC’s team captain that led them in tackles for four years.

UK will not be favored in either, but if they play clean football and control the clock with Benny Snell, the Cats have enough talent to pull off at least one upset to get to seven wins.

Massive Upsets: Georgia, at A&M and at Florida

Nobody expects Kentucky to win any of these games, but it is possible.

The Texas A&M and Florida logos are scary, but each have brand new coaches who are looking for a quarterback.  Playing Florida in the second game of the year actually plays into UK’s favor as Dan Mullen tries to figure out his team.  The timing also helps when A&M plays Clemson and Alabama in the weeks leading into the UK game.  However, both games are on the road.  The Swamp and Kyle Field are two of the most difficult venues in the SEC and each opponent will consider the UK game as a must-win.

Beating Georgia isn’t impossible.  Near the end of the season, if Kentucky remains healthy and has developed a deep passing threat to stretch out the opponent’s defense, they can do what the 2007 Wildcats did against LSU: shock the world.


John Sommers II | Reuters

PROGAMMING ALERT: Kentucky’s LSU Upset to Air on SEC Network

John Sommers II | Reuters

Starving for football?  You can get your fix by re-watching Kentucky’s 2007 upset of No. 1 LSU.

Ahead of the 2018 season, the SEC Network is re-airing classic SEC football games.  Kentucky will get the spotlight tomorrow at 3:00.  If you can’t get to a television, set your DVR, or go through the following YouTube highlight reel from one of the most memorable UK football moments in the last 25 years.

Another Kentucky-LSU classic football game will air tonight at 9:00 on the SEC Network, but you’ll want to turn it off after Guy Morriss gets a Gatorade bath and before the final play.


Matt Jones Brings Home an Emmy

Matt Jones Brings Home an Emmy

He did it! KSR’s Fearless Leader, Matt Jones, is an Emmy Award winner.

At the Ohio Valley Emmy Awards Matt was honored as the Best Program Host for his work with Hey Kentucky!

On behalf of the entire KSR staff, Congrats Matt. We couldn’t be more proud.


WATCH: Highlights from Kentucky’s Second Scrimmage

The Kentucky Football team’s second preaseason scrimmage was only open to a few invited guests. We’ve heard what happened, but thanks to KY Wildcats TV we get to see some of the best moments from Kroger Field.

In the highlight reel you’ll find a connection between Gunnar Hoak and C.J. Conrad. There are quite a few featured touchdowns. Terry Wilson found Brett Slusher for a score, A.J. Rose got into the end zone and Benny Snell celebrated a run with a slam.

This actually happened earlier this week, but David Bouvier’s catch was too awesome not to share.


WATCH: Stoops, Snell, Bowden and Daniel after UK’s Second Scrimmage

Mark Stoops was in a pretty good mood after Kentucky’s second preseason scrimmage.  Kash Daniel was not.  See what everybody had to say after a day of work at Kroger Field.