It’s finally here. I’ve been around for some big games before, but none have had the hype like today’s game against Florida. The intensity is in the atmosphere, tickets are a rare commodity, and the BBN hasn’t stopped playing “Grove St. Party.”
We’ve waited 28 long years to beat Florida. Most of the people reading this don’t know what it feels like to take down the Gators. I’m here to tell you – that day has finally come. Matt Roark isn’t walking through that door, but we don’t need an ostensible miracle to snap this streak. Kentucky has the young athletes, a strong and sturdy offensive line, a swagger that has been unseen, and a Stoops.
It’s finally here, are you all in?
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- 3:00 J.D. Shelburne takes the Gate 1 Stage
- 3:30 KSR Pregame Show on 630 WLAP
- 4:30 The Jordy English Band starts playing at
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- 5:15 The Cat Walk will be the most insane you’ve ever seen, so show up even earlier for a good spot
- 5:30 Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas in the “Cat Walk to Cat Talk”
- 6:30 Neil Price takes us home with the Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Kickoff with Oscar Combs, Jeff Piecoro, Dick Gabriel and Tom Leach.
- 7:30 Kickoff on the SEC Network
- An hour after the game ends – A Grove St. Party with the KSR Postgame Show
Your Tale of the Tape
Bring a Poncho
Chris Bailey is once again a bad guy. The WKYT weatherman says that it might not be wet during the game, but isolated storms will be in the area during tailgating time. It will be in the 60’s and very breezy once the game begins and the sun goes down. Some might want a sweatshirt, but I hear body paint is warmer than you think.
Patrick Towles Will Be Protected Well
If there is one thing assured in tonight’s game, it’s that Patrick Towles will have time to throw. I know Florida has a speedy pass rush that can get to the quarterback quickly, but Patrick has taken extra steps to ensure his safety. He knows the key to his line’s heart – breakfast food.
Yesterday Pat treated his protectors to breakfast, and it’s the smartest thing Pat has done since growing out his hair.
Mark Stoops Watched Lafayette Last Night
So did KSR’s Trey Hunstman. He’ll be around here later today to report what he and Stoops saw from Lafayette’s Landon Young and Jedrick Willis.
Herbstreit and Howard Believe in Blue
For the second consecutive week, the College Gameday experts are picking the Cats. It feels weird to see winning predictions in back-to-back SEC games, but I won’t mind feeling the satisfaction from back-to-back SEC wins.
Eat Some Gator Before We Beat Some Gators
A Bourbon N’ Toulouse tradition, Gator etoufee comes to the Chevy Chase Cajun joint every time the Cats take on the Gators. I had some yesterday for good mojo, and you should grab some before it’s gone.
Jason Hatcher is Ready for a Big Return
After being suspended for the first two games of the season, Jason Hatcher will have to knock the rust off quickly to make an impact player against Florida. Currently listed 2nd on the depth chart behind Jabari Johnson, his athleticism will be needed in the pass rush, especially in containment
if when running QB Treon Harris takes the snap. Hatcher echoed his excitement for today’s game on Twitter, even though he kinda sorta guaranteed victory. Probably not the best move to make Jason, just ask Jojo.
– Jason Hatcher II (@J_Hatcher6) September 18, 2015
Rushing the Field will Come with a Price
Before I get ahead of myself, allow me to knock on wood (you should too). After the Cats snap a streak of epic proportions, a field rushing is deserved.
If When it happens, don’t think twice, even though Mitch Barnhart may. After rushing the field against South Carolina last year, the next field rushing will cost UK $250,000. But don’t worry, that’s a drop in the hay compared to the $110 million that was dropped to renovate Commonwealth Stadium.
If You Still Aren’t Geeked, Allow Matt to Take the Mic