Metropolitan Starkville is buzzing like a bee in anticipation of today’s matchup between their beloved Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats. You may disagree after seeing a semi-deserted Denny’s, but that’s because Shipley Do-Nuts next door is the dopest dope.
After making the 7ish hour trip, Trey and I don’t have too many complaints, but that’s mostly because it was dark on arrival and we really couldn’t see anything. I’ve heard we won’t see much more, but if the Tupelo Applebee’s was any indication for how this weekend will go, we are surely in for a wild ride.
Cowbells aside, I’m beginning to get extremely excited for today’s game. The odds of winning on the road against an experienced team with the best QB in the SEC aren’t great, but that’s also a positive – we have nothing to lose. Hopefully the Cats’ aggressive play against a defense susceptible to big plays can create a perfect storm for an upset in Starkville.
In Towles We Trust
It’s true that pretty much every game result is dependent on having exceptional play from Patrick Towles, but it’s even more important today. The Cats could easily be overwhelmed by the big, experienced team on the road, but Patrick’s play can level the playing field. Playing on the road also might be beneficial. We’ve probably seen him at his best when his back is against the wall on the road. He didn’t disagree with me earlier this week:
“It sure does look like it. I don’t know. It shouldn’t be that way if it is. I think on the road I might have a different mentality because it’s us versus them. Our 100 guys against 80,000. I like that. There is a little added pressure when you play at home. Especially being from this state and playing in front of your friends and stuff, there is (more pressure). Being an athlete at this level, you should be past that, but sometimes I’m not. But I’m getting better with that for sure.”
If THIS Happens, I Like UK’s Chances
Dak Prescott has not thrown an interception all season. Kentucky hasn’t intercepted a pass since JD Harmon picked off Florida’s Will Grier in the end zone. Dak is due; UK’s defense is due. Dak won’t be easily rattled, but if we capitalize on the few mistakes he makes. an opportunistic Kentucky team can pull off the upset.
ATTN: BBN in Starkville
If you’re in Starkville, come find me. I don’t know where to tell you to go, except to head to gates G&H for the Cat Walk at 4:30 Central Time (2 hours before kickoff). Cat Walks on the road are the best. For those that can’t make it, I’ll try to Periscope the insanity @RoushKSR.
I also REALLY want to find the Stingray. If you see him and don’t share, we can’t be friends.
Future Cats Kicked Ass on Friday Night
A day after committing to UK, ’17 tight end Charles Reeves had 5 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Elsewhere around Ohio, Michael Warren ran for a casual 196 and 2 TDs. The Kentucky kids played well too, including a heroic game from Lafayette QB Walker Wood. Trey will have all of the details later.
A Nugget or Two from Drake Jackson
Before we hit the road, Trey and I got to see Drake Jackson accept his All-American jersey. Even though it is somewhat of a formality, it was really cool to hear him speak about achieving his goals, and what the future holds. He’s developed a great relationship with his fellow Kentucky AA’s, Kash Daniel and Landon Young, but he also likes the way his recruiting class has bonded. He doesn’t foresee anyone decommitting, mostly because they’ve become friends that are excited to put on the Blue and White, but also because the Cats have played pretty damn well this year.
The intangibles are great, but it’s also nice to see the massive human beings that will solidify UK’s line in the future. It’s hard to use my words to describe, so Ill just say WOOOOOOOOOOAH.
Go See Nazr
Nazr Mohammed will be in the Lexington today, so what did he decide to do with his free time? Host a free meet-and-greet autograph session for the BBN. The Chicago Bull will be at Paul Miller Ford (975 E New Circle Rd.) from 12-30-1:30. This is such a nice gesture; you should return the favor by coming by and saying Hi to the two-time National Champion.
Don’t Geek Over the New Adele Single
Seriously. Don’t do it. It’s not even that good. (OK, you caught me. That’s a lie. How could I ever dismiss the voice of an angel?)