The day has finally come. It’s Football Time in the Bluegrass.
Following consecutive seven-win regular seasons, Mark Stoops returns 19 starters, the 11th most in the country. Two of those returners could become UK’s best to ever play their respective positions. Josh Allen eyes the all-time sack record and Benny Snell is surging toward the Cats’ all-time rushing record.
Expectations are high, but like every season-opener there are multiple unknowns. Junior college transfer Terry Wilson brings dynamic talent and athleticism to the quarterback position that we have not seen in quite some time, but he’s never taken a snap of Division I football. On special teams, Kentucky was automatic with Austin MacGinnis. This year fans will perspire a bit more when Miles Butler goes back to kick.
Kentucky’s first test is against a team that won eight games in 2017, but lost their entire passing game and must replace a significant portion of their secondary. Central Michigan did not lose their most explosive playmaker, Jonathan Ward. If UK’s defense can contain Ward like they contained Ito Smith a year ago, it should be a fun Saturday of football at Kroger Field.
KSBar will NOT be Open
Unfortunately, we cut it too close to open up in time for the season-opener against Central Michigan. The bar just isn’t yet ready for the Gameday masses. Have no fear. We will be open for business next week and I guarantee you will love what you see.
- 11:30 — The KSR Pregame Show Begins
- 1:15 — The Cat Walk
- 1:30 — Countdown to Kickoff w/Christi Thomas, Jeremy Jarmon and Dusty Bonner
- 1:45 — Brother Smith pregame concert at the Gate 12 plaza
- 3:30 — Kickoff on ESPNU
TV, Radio, Vegas
Kentucky is a 17-point favorite over Central Michigan. Kevin Brown and Andre Ware are on the call for ESPNU. If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to Tom Leach and UK Hall of Famer Jeff Van Note.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-192 and Sirius-157
- Online: iHeart Radio
JP on 3
The Cats are paying tribute to a pair of Wildcats battling cancer, Josh Paschal and John Schlarman, with a helmet sticker. They also are wearing rubber #SchlarmanStrong and #JPon3 wristbands that are available to the public for $5 at Kroger Field Team Shop locations.
Kentucky will also pay tribute to its past when Pro Football Hall of Famer Dermontti Dawson serves as the Cats’ honorary team captain.
It’s been around for two years, but for the forgetful folks it must be noted that Kroger Field has a clear bag policy. If it isn’t a small clutch, the bag must be clear. For more information on parking, concessions and more click here.
Today’s Tale of the Tape
Even though Central Michigan lost a ton of talent, here’s how the two teams’ 2017 stats stack up:
Before the KSR Pregame Show hits the WLAP airwaves, check out this week’s slate of podcasts to prepare for Kentucky’s matchup with Central Michgian.
- The KSR Football Podcast
- Free Money
- The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast
- The Funkhouser Situation
- Hardly Committed
If you’re a dedicated listener, you’ve probably already heard this week’s lineup of KSR podcasts. Lucky for you, this week Mark Stoops sat down with UK’s athletic director on the Mitch Barnhart Podcast that you can listen to here.
Today’s College Football Schedule
- Noon: #23 Texas vs. Maryland on FS1
- Noon: Florida Atlantic at #7 Oklahoma on Fox
- Noon: Oregon State at #5 Ohio State on ABC
- Noon: Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech on ESPN
- 3:30: #6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn on ABC
- 3:30: Tennessee vs. #17 West Virginia on CBS
- 6:00: #22 Boise State at Troy on ESPNews
- 7:00: Cincinnati at UCLA on ESPN
- 7:30: Stephen F. Austin at #18 Miss. State on ESPNU
- 8:00: UofL vs. #1 Alabama on ABC
- 8:00: Akron at Nebraska on Fox
- 10:45: BYU at Arizona on ESPN
KHSAA Football Scores
- Bowling Green 24, St. X 21 (OT)
- Apollo 21, McLean County 18
- Boyle County 34, Danville 17
- PRP 21, Eastern 14
- Frederick Douglass 57, Paintsville 7
- DeSales 28, Holy Cross 3
- Corbin 47, Pulaski County 20
- Campbellsville 40, Taylor County 20
- CAL 49, Central Hardin 21
- South Warren 36, Franklin-Simpson 14
- Johnson Central 33, Henry Clay 21
- Mayfield 51, Paducah Tilghman 27
- Owensboro Catholic 45, Owensboro 32