I know there is a lot going on in the basketball world but we have a football game to be excited about. The Cats welcome the Zips of Akron tomorrow night at 7:30 and it’s time for you to get educated. Here are a few quick football notes courtesy of UKAthletics.com:
— Kentucky is hoping to start 3-0 for the first time since 2008.
— The Cats have won 15 consecutive games against non-conference opponents at home, dating back to 2005.
— UK enters the Akron game having won 18 consecutive regular-season non-conference games, dating back to 2006.
— Senior quarterback Mike Hartline is 10-6 (.625) in 16 career starts at UK.
— Hartline now has 2,932 career passing yards and ranks 10th on UK’s all-time list. He needs 448 more passing yards to tie Dusty Bonner (1997, 99) for 9th place.
— Kentucky leads the SEC and ranks 20th nationally in scoring offense, averaging 43.0 points per game.
— UK has won six consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.
— In the first two games, UK has not turned the ball over. Kentucky is seventh nationally and first in the SEC in turnover margin at +4.
— Senior tailback Derrick Locke needs 63 yards to become just the sixth player in school history to reach 2,000 rushing yards.
— With wins over Louisville and Western Kentucky, Joker Phillips became the first UK head coach to start 2-0 in his debut season since the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant went 3-0 in his first season with Kentucky in 1946.
— Akron lost its previous game against Gardner Webb in double OT after giving up a 31-7 third quarter lead
— Gardner Webb has a football team.
— The Zips are 0-4 all-time versus teams in the SEC’s current alignment.
— Four of Akron’s five touchdowns this season have come on the ground, three of which came courtesy of RB Alex Allen.
— Akron is terrible.
— I mean they’re really, really, bad.
— Akon is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.
Kickoff at 7:30. Tailgate at 7:30.