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Wake Up! It’s Game Day

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Good morning from scenic Columbia, South Carolina.

Today I’ll be your navigator to get you ready for the Cats and the Gamecocks.  It’s been five years since Kentucky has won on the road, 16 years since they won in Columbia, but today’s game is one of the most anticipated road games in recent years because who in the hell really knows what’s going to happen?  It’s essentially a toss up.  South Carolina wasn’t that impressive in their opener, but Pharoh Cooper is hands down the best player on the field.  Kentucky’s offense could be lethal, but they cannot afford a lull like last week if they expect to win in Sandstorm country.

Anything could happen tonight.  The Cats are playing with house money, and I hope they push their chips all in.

Check out last week’s intro video to get your blood pumping.

All the Logistics You Need to Know

  • KSR Pregame Show-  4:30 on WLAP
  • Alumni Association Tailgate- 4:30 at Sewell’s, 1125 Rosewood Drive.
  • Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas on the Cat Talk to the Cat Walk-  5:30 on WLAP
  • The Cat Walk- 5:20 at the Northeast gate.  KSR will be there, and if you’re in town you should be too.
  • JMI Sports Countdown to Kickoff- 6:00
  • Kickoff–  7:30 on the SEC Network with Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor
  • Postgame- an hour after the game with Ryan Lemond.  Hopefully you’ll hear Matt on the phone in the middle of an angry crowd after a Kentucky win.

Cats are Coming Home

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I’m kind of glad that I didn’t interview Blake Bone this week.  You never know what’s going to come out of that man’s mouth, especially before heading home to show out in front of his friends and family.  I passed his hometown, Woodruff, on the way into Columbia, only 81 miles away.  Hopefully he does what Juice did last year to his home-state school: ball out.

There are two Columbia natives returning home on the defensive line.  Farrington Huguenin will make his first trip home as a starter and C.J. Johnson will make his Senior season debut with his family and friends in the crowd.

The Weather May Hold Out

columbia weather update

It could dampen your Columbia tailgate, but Google believes the weather should clear up by game time.  I’m going to knock on wood and bring my rain gear because you never know what’s going to happen when they call for “scattered thunderstorms.”

There’s Plenty of Good Football to Watch Before

Oklahoma travels to Rocky Top, Michigan State hosts Oregon, and LSU is at Mississippi State in just a few of today’s marquee games.  Let Sports Illustrated guide you to the best games through each time slot.

Kentucky High School Football had Plenty of Upsets

The power of potent rainstorms can REALLY mess with high school footballers.  6A powerhouses St. X and Trinity were both upset.  Trey will be around with a full recap from Male’s win over the Rocks later today, a game he described to me as an, “atmosphere on a college level.”

Coach Cal’s Hall of Fame Induction was a BBN Blowout

If you haven’t taken the time to see the Big Blue Bash, scroll down to watch Calipari’s speech from the Naismith Hall of Fame.  There were so many former Wildcats hanging out, it all seemed too surreal.  They took plenty of must-see pictures, but this one is my favorite.

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Wake Up! It’s Game Day

  1. Greg Smith
    10:27 am September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Bless you Nick. I can now calm down. BAD TO BONE is our rallying call!!!

    10:49 am September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Great post, Nick. Look forward to many more like this. Despite our differing, nay, 180 degree opinions of Brady and the Pats, you know way more about football than I will ever know.

    I grew up in New England and remained a faithful Pat through Plunkett, , Grogan, Eason, Cavanaugh and Bledsoe (amongst all the other guys).

    Hope you are able to celebrate big-time around 11 PM tonight .

    Go Cats!

  3. novalsi
    10:58 am September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Herbstreit and Howard both pick UK over USCe, and the weather’s looking better and better by the minute … I like our chances!

  4. Bigcat51
    11:13 am September 12, 2015 Permalink

    How exactly was trinity upset ! Male is clearly the best team in the state, the game wasn’t even close

  5. Dave
    1:35 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    If only pat could get sick or something I would feel better about this game.

    • Brian
      2:16 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      Oh look, its Jared or whoever, the pathetic troll again…

  6. Drew Barker
    1:37 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Patrick sucks

    • Dave
      2:17 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      He stole my girlfriend….. 🙁

  7. Dave
    2:47 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Just saying I would feel better with drew or whoever’s #3

  8. RandyB
    3:18 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Nick – Exactly when did “show out” replace “show off” ?
    Was it at the same time that “act out”, which used to be reserved for thespians,
    replaced “act up” which used to describe unruly behavior?
    An old J-School grad would like to now.