1. Established running game: The last 15 winners of this game have won the rushing battle. UL’s offensive line is pitiful, so their rushing game should not be an issue. UK’s offensive line is supposed to be its strength, and they get Matt Smith back at center. Plus, Josh Clemons is going to see a lot of carries, which seems like a good thing. For two teams who really lack big play potential, being able to control the clock with the rushing game will be huge.
2. Spirited Start: The last 10 winners of this game have scored 1st. Kentucky has been flat at the beginning of both games this season. If Louisville scores early, it will take any noise from the Commonwealth Crowd out of it, and it basically becomes a neutral site game. Plus, UL’s confidence is on edge right now, so an early UK score could really destroy their morale.
3. More Variety in the Playcalling: For 7 quarters, we saw as vanilla an offense as one could imagine. Then in the 4th quarter against CMU, Kentucky mixed up the playcalling, had several runs to the edges as opposed to up the middle, and some designed Newton runs. Hopefully, Joker has been holding back the playbook some, and it poised to strike with some more variety tomorrow.
4. A Sellout: Cmon Cats fans. I get that the team hasn’t been thoroughly impressive in the first 2 weeks, but this is supposed to be one of our main rivals, and state bragging rights are on the line. I get that UL did not sell out their allotment of tickets, and the price has become a bit steep. But, it’s hard to say this fanbase can EVER become a big time fanbase if you can’t even sell out your rival when the team in undefeated. Make this game a true homefield advantage for the Cats.
5. A Win. As always, a win is really a must tomorrow. I’m sorry, but this UL team is worse than any of the teams Kentucky has played the last 4 years. And this game is at home. Before the season, I could envision a UL win, and be OK with that. After watching them play, I will be incredibly dissappointed in Joker and the guys if they drop this game tomorrow. If Kentucky executes like they are supposed to, the Cats will win. They are just more experienced and talented than UL. But, if the Cats perform like they have so far, a loss could be in the Cards. A win is a must.