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After a 2-4 start to the year and back-to-back losses against Missouri and Georgia, the Kentucky football team is getting a much-needed break this weekend with its bye week. Instead of worrying about returning to the win column right away, the team has the free week to get healthy, regroup, and get the offense back on the right track.

With the Wildcats off, where can fans turn for their Saturday entertainment in the world of sports?

KSR has you covered.

Breeder’s Cup

The best thoroughbred racing day of the year is officially here, as Championship Saturday of the Breeders’ Cup is scheduled at Keeneland in Lexington, KY, headlined by the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.

With races starting at 12 p.m. ET, a full day of racing is on tap, with the entire schedule found below:

  • Filly & Mare Spring – 12:02 p.m ET (NBCSN)
  • Turf Spring – 12:39 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile – 1:18 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf – 1:57 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Spring – 2:36 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • FanDuel Miles Pres. By PDJF – 3:15 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Longines Distaff – 3:54 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Longines Turf – 4:33 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Longines Classic – 5:18 p.m. ET (NBC)

The ten-horse field in Race 12 will include the two top-two finishers from the 2020 Kentucky Derby in Authentic (6/1) and Tiz the Law (3/1), along with Maximum Security (7/2) and morning line favorite Improbable (5/2), who both ran in the 2019 Kentucky Derby.

KSR’s Chad Lashbrook will be back in just a bit with a full event preview.

College football schedule

You may not have Kentucky football, but there are plenty of other high-profile college football games to look forward to on this beautiful Saturday.

Check out the complete schedule below:

  • Arizona State at (20) USC, Noon, FOX
  • Michigan State at Iowa, Noon, ESPN
  • North Carolina at Duke, Noon, ESPN2
  • Arkansas State at Louisiana Lafayette, Noon, ESPNU
  • (23) Michigan at (13) Indiana, Noon, FS1
  • Nebraska at Northwestern, Noon, BTN
  • (25) Liberty at Virginia Tech, Noon, ACC
  • West Virginia at (22) Texas, Noon, ABC
  • (18) SMU at Temple, Noon, ESPN+
  • Tulane at East Carolina, Noon, ESPN+
  • USF at Memphis, Noon, ESPN+
  • Boston College at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
  • Massachusetts at Marshall, 2:30 p.m., ESPN+
  • Appalachian State at Texas State, 3 p.m., ESPN+
  • (8) Florida vs. (5) Georgia (in Jacksonville), 3:30 p.m., CBS
  • Houston at (6) Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Kansas at (19) Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Texas Tech at TCU, 3:30 p.m., FS1
  • Maryland at Penn State, 3:30 p.m., BTN
  • Minnesota at Illinois, 3:30 p.m., BTN
  • Fresno State at UNLV, 3:30 p.m., CBSSN
  • Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m., SEC
  • (14) Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 4 p.m., FOX
  • Pittsburgh at Florida State, 4 p.m., ACC
  • Western Kentucky at Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m., Stadium
  • (7) Texas A&M at South Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN
  • Tennessee at Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., SEC
  • UCLA at Colorado, 7 p.m., ESPN2
  • Baylor at (17) Iowa State, 7 p.m., FS1
  • (1) Clemson at (4) Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC
  • Stanford at (12) Oregon, 7:30 p.m., ABC
  • Rutgers at (3) Ohio State, 7:30 p.m., BTN
  • South Alabama at (15) Coastal Carolina, 8 p.m., ESPNU
  • Washington State at Oregon State, 10:30 p.m., FS1

Kentucky volleyball returns to action

After four consecutive match victories to open the season, the No. 2 Kentucky volleyball squad will look to continue its momentum with back-to-back home matchups against the Auburn Tigers this weekend.

The team’s first matchup will take place this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET on SEC Network+, followed by another on Sunday at the same time on the SEC Network with Courtney Lyle and Missy Whittemore on the call from Memorial Coliseum.

Former Kentucky basketball star Rajon Rondo stopped in to wish the Wildcats luck leading up to the big weekend:

KSR’s Alex Weber will be in attendance for the matchup this afternoon and will have all the coverage you need afterward.

Kentucky basketball’s schedule is complete

With less than three weeks until tipoff, the Kentucky basketball schedule has finally been announced, with things getting rolling on Nov. 25 against Morehead State at Rupp Arena.

In total, the Wildcats will start the year with eight non-conference games before beginning league play on Dec. 29, with the Big 12/SEC Challenge tucked in the middle of the season on Jan. 30 at Rupp Arena.

Check out the schedule in its entirety below:

  • Nov. 25 – Morehead State (Bluegrass Showcase) Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Nov. 27 – Detroit Mercy (Bluegrass Showcase) Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Nov. 29 – Richmond (Bluegrass Showcase) Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Dec. 1 – vs. Kansas (Champions Classic) TBD
  • Dec. 6 – vs. Georgia Tech (Holiday Hoopsgiving) State Farm Arena (Atlanta)
  • Dec. 12 – Notre Dame Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Dec. 19 – vs. UCLA (CBS Sports Classic) Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Cleveland)
  • Dec. 26 – at Louisville KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Dec. 29 – South Carolina Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Jan. 2 – at Mississippi State Humphrey Coliseum (Starkville, Miss.)
  • Jan. 5 – Vanderbilt Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Jan. 9 – at Florida Exactech Arena (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • Jan. 12 – Alabama Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Jan. 16 – at Auburn Auburn Arena (Auburn, Ala.)
  • Jan. 20 – at Georgia Stegeman Coliseum (Athens, Ga.)
  • Jan. 23 – LSU Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Jan. 26 – at Alabama Coleman Coliseum (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
  • Jan. 30 – Texas (SEC-Big 12 Challenge) Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Feb. 2 – at Missouri Mizzou Arena (Columbia, Mo.)
  • Feb. 6 – Tennessee Rupp Arna (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Feb. 9 – Arkansas Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Feb. 13 – Auburn Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Feb. 17 – at Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Feb. 20 – at Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Feb. 23 – Texas A&M Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Feb. 27 – Florida Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Mar. 2 – at Ole Miss The Pavilion at Ole Miss (Oxford, Miss.)
  • Mar. 10-14 – SEC Tournament Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tenn.)

Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week had a wild finish

What. An. Upset.

Leading 29-28 late in the fourth quarter, the Lexington Catholic Knights (5-2) blocked a field goal attempt by the Covington Catholic Colonels (7-1) on the final play of the game to seal the win in KSR’s Game of the Week.

KSR’s own Troy Howell was in attendance and captured the game-winning blocked kick by Lex. Cath’s Jackson Klein in the final seconds:

Doesn’t get any better than that.

ICYMI: Mark Stoops extends offer to John Schlarman’s son

Need some positivity in your life to begin your Saturday morning? Look no further than Mark Stoops’ incredible gesture in offering a scholarship to John Schlarman’s son, Joe.

“Chip off the old block!!” Stoops said of Schlarman’s son. “His first offer is from right here to be a Wildcat!”

Joe Schlarman, a freshman at Lexington Catholic, plays on the offensive line and sports the No. 65 uniform just like his dad.

Schlarman, who played at Kentucky from 1994-97 and joined Stoops’ staff in 2013, was diagnosed with stage four cholangiocarcinoma in July 2018.

Not sure it would get much better than seeing the No. 65 Schlarman jersey return to Lexington in a few years.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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