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Kentucky’s Seniors will play on the Kroger Field turf for the final time today at noon against Middle Tennessee State. The 16 veterans will be honored with their families before the game beginning around 11:30.
A group that was recruited on a vision has turned Mark Stoops’ recruiting pitch into a reality. After a pair of seven-win regular seasons, the Cats have finished SEC play with a winning record for the first time since 1977. The seventeenth-ranked Wildcats could be the first Kentucky team to win eight regular season games since 1984, but Middle Tennessee stands in the way.
The Blue Raiders present a formidable late-season challenge. Next week they will play UAB for a spot in the C-USA Championship Game. At 7-3, MTSU has been exceptional in conference play after stumbling out of the gate against two of UK’s former foes, Georgia and Vanderbilt (MTSU lost by a combined 84-14).
Middle Tennessee is led by a three-year starter at quarterback, the coach’s son, Brent Stockstill. A big lefty that can move, he is the catalyst in Tony Franklin’s Air Raid offense. However, Middle’s bread and butter is on defense. They have created 19 turnovers and four defensive touchdowns. Ball security will be at a premium this afternoon.
It will be an emotional afternoon for Kentucky’s experienced leaders. The faster the Wildcats start, the better.
The Best Moments from the Senior Class
KY Wildcats TV paid tribute to the seniors with an excellent video montage. After you’ve watched the highlights, see the messages the parents sent their sons before their final game at Kroger Field.
- 9:00 — The KSR Pregame Show Begins on 630 WLAP
- 9:45 — The Seniors Final Cat Walk
- 10:00 — Countdown to Kickoff w/Christi Thomas, Jeremy Jarmon and Dusty Bonner
- 11:30 — Senior Day Ceremonies Begin
- 12:00 — Kickoff on the SEC Network Alternate
KSBar opens early for breakfast with specials that are out of this world.
How to Watch and Listen
Dave Lemont, Ray Bentley and Tera Talmadge are on the call on the SEC Network Alternate channel. You’ll find it right next to the regular SEC Network channel, or on Watch ESPN. If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to The Voice of the Wildcats.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-191 and Sirius-98
- Online: iHeart Radio
Two Monumental Milestones with One Stat
Mike Edwards and Josh Allen only need one. Mike Edwards needs one tackle to become the second defensive back to join the 300-tackle club. Josh Allen needs only one more sack to hold UK’s all-time sack record. History could be made today by two incredible seniors.
A Josh Paschal Appearance?
Mark Stoops was hesitant to say much when he was asked about Paschal on Thursday. “We’ll see. He’s been better this week. He’s been out there feeling better.”
I’ve been telling you for months that Paschal would return to play in a limited capacity before the season’s end. I have no knowledge to confirm that today will be the day. However, adding a dressed Paschal into the lineup could be the perfect shot in the arm this team needs to finish the season strong. Just keep an eye out for a big No. 4 on the sidelines.
Tale of the Tape
Today’s College Football Schedule
- Noon: Idaho at #13 Florida on ESPNU
- Noon: #10 Ohio State at Maryland on ABC
- Noon: Arkansas at #21 Miss. State on ESPN
- 2:30: #12 Syracuse vs. #3 Notre Dame on NBC
- 3:30: #9 West Virginia at Oklahoma State on ABC
- 3:30: #20 Boston College at Florida State on ESPN2
- 3:30: Miami at Virginia Tech on ESPN
- 3:30: Missouri at Teneesse on CBS
- 3:30: USC at UCLA on Fox
- 7:00: Duke at #2 Clemson on ESPN
- 7:00: UAB at Texas A&M on ESPN2
- 7:30: Kansas at #6 Oklahoma on Fox
- 8:00: #24 Cincinnati at #11 UCF on ABC
- 10:30: Arizona at #8 Washington State on ESPN
KHSAA Playoff Football Scores
Only the strong have survived. Each class is now down to four teams after last night’s Regional Finals.
- Male 20, St. X 10
- Scott County 56, Simon Kenton 28
- Trinity 50, Ballard 0
- Madison Central 28, Conner 27 2OT
- South Warren 44, Owensboro 7
- South Oldham 35, Fern Creek 12
- Pulaski County 13, Southwestern 6
- Cov. Cath 36, Highlands 0
- Taylor County 22, Moore 17
- Knox Central 13, Franklin County 7 OT
- Johnson Central 50, Ashland Blazer 14
- Franklin-Simpson 12, Madisonville North-Hopkins 10
- Larue County 40, E-Town 32 OT
- Corbin 42, Bell County 16
- Louisville Central 26, Russel 0
- Boyle County 41, Belfry 24
- Walton-Verona 18, Glasgow 14
- Somerset 35, LCA 31
- Mayfield 57, Murray 13
- CAL 34, DeSales 7
- Pikeville 57, Williamsburg 16
- Raceland 14, Paintsville 7
- Campbellsville 27, Crittenden County 21
- Beechwood 49, Frankfort 8