Football season’s underway. Well you better be ready for gameday. Hey Kentucky, what do you say? The Cats are gonna win today!
If the Cubs can win the World Series, the Cats can compete for a spot at the SEC Championship in Atlanta. That and much more is on the line when Kentucky kicks off against Georgia at Commonwealth Stadium.
1. Today’s Itinerary
- 3:05 — Breeders’ Cup coverage begins on NBCSN
- 3:30 — The KSR Pregame Show begins at the Bluegrass RV Lot
- 3:30 — An expanded fan zone for kids opens inside Nutter Field House
- 5:15 — The Cat Walk
- 5:30 — Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas’ Countdown to Kickoff
- 5:35 — Halfway to hAzard Performs at the Gate 12 Plaza Stage
- 7:30 — Kickoff on the SEC Network with Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Kaylee Hartung
2. Limping Dawgs
Kirby Smart’s first season hasn’t gone as planned. Georgia is .500, coming to Kentucky with back-to-back losses, but they’ve struggled all season. They barely escaped with a win over FCS Nicholls State, squeaked by with a one-point win over Mizzou, lost to Tennessee on a Hail Mary, won a postponed game against South Carolina, lost to Vandy at home, and the only Chubb/Michel combo rushed for only 22 yards in a rivalry loss to Florida.
Georgia has not had an offensive identity all year. The offensive line has struggled, preventing them from feeding their elite running back combo of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. The game has been put into the hands of five-star true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. Eason’s completed 53% of his passes, thrown 10 TD’s and 5 INT’s and been sacked 16 times.
Kentucky has the momentum, but Georgia is still Georgia. The Cats must make them play from behind, behind on the scoreboard and behind the chains. Forcing a true freshman quarterback to win on the road is a great recipe for becoming bowl eligible.
3. The SEC East is Up for Grabs
Mark Stoops’ team won’t talk about it, but we can. If Florida loses to Arkansas and Kentucky beats Georgia, the Cats will sit alone atop the SEC East. Let that soak in for a minute. Kentucky could be first in the SEC East with three games to play. That’s one hell of a hypothetical, one that isn’t impossible. Before we cheer for the Cats, Woo Pig!
4. Something Special in the Stands
Scoop Lemond first reported on yesterday’s edition of KSR that there will be cards in the stands for fans to hold up to create a massive “Go Big Blue” around the stadium at the end of the first quarter. It’s something I don’t think UK has ever done. Let’s not drop the ball, BBN. We gotta be better than West Virginia.
5. Prepare with Podcasts
Plugging the podcasts in this post aren’t out of the ordinary, but I’m not lying when I say I don’t think there’s any outlet that can get you more prepared than this week’s Depth Chart Podcast. We were joined by my Georgia friend Flounder, who provided unique insight into what’s gone wrong with Georgia football this year. If you prefer silly analysis, the X’s and O’s debate over Bobby Boucher and Forrest Gump might be the best thing the KSR Football Podcast has ever done.
6. Podcasts Aren’t Your Thing? Watch this Video
Thanks, KY Wildcats TV. Now I don’t know how I can wait 10 more hours for this game to start.
7. Shai Alexander is on an Official Visit
The four star combo guard decommitted from Florida less than a month ago. Kentucky wasn’t in the picture, but now, it appears that Alexander could commit to UK as early as next week. After visits from Joel Justus and John Calipari, Alexander is on campus for an official visit this weekend.
The Cats don’t have a basketball commit yet, but things are about to get crazy. Nick Richards and John Petty’s announcements are November 10, Trae Young and Alexander could announce as early as next week, and Quade Green is announcing on November 19. Hold onto your butts, BBN.
8. The Breeders Cup at Santa Anita
There’s a full day of races at Santa Anita, with coverage beginning at 3:05 EST on NBCSN. The Classic will be a showdown between California Chrome (and his loud-mouthed owner) and Arrogate. Arrogate is the horse that set Saratoga’s track record in a wire-to-wire win at the 2016 Travers, the same race that took down American Pharoah in 2015. Arrogate’s Travers run is one of the most unbelievable performances I’ve ever seen, worth rewatching.
Post time for the Breeders Cup Classic is at 8:35 EST on NBC. For results from yesterday’s races, click here. The biggest upset was in the Mile. More than half the money was on Dortmund, but he didn’t even finish in the money. It was the first time he lost a race to a horse not named American Pharoah or California Chrome.
9. The First Round of the High School Football Playoffs
The season ended for half the high school football teams across the state, many in miserable fashion. That’s what happens in the KHSAA football playoffs: the first round is garbage. There are a handful of close games, but the rest are blowouts. There’s an easy solution: district winners receiver byes, with two-three seeds facing off in the first round. That’s a free, winning idea KHSAA. Please, take it and use it. Until then, here are the biggest blowouts:
- Trinity 69, Ohio County 0
- Central Hardin 50, Seneca 0
- DeSales 52, Monroe County 0
- Glasgow 54, Shawnee 6
- Paintsville 59, Paris 7
- Russellville 62, Caverna 6
- Beechwood 56, Eminence 6
- Danville 51, Allen Central 6
- Walton-Verona 50, Newport 0
If you want to see the rest of the scores, it’s a lot of the same. Eli will do his best to recap the nonsense later today.
10. Today’s College Football Schedule and Scores