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Bowl eligibility is on the line when the Cats kickoff against Vanderbilt at Kroger Field tonight at 7:30 on the SEC Network.  Beating Vanderbilt to ensure a bowl berth is something UK fans are familiar with, but unlike recent history, nobody is talking about it.  The eyes of the Big Blue Nation are on a bigger prize.

To reach that ultimate goal, the Cats must do a few things well in a victorious effort against Vanderbilt.

First, Benny Snell needs to be Benny Snell again.  Against Texas A&M he rushed for only 60 yards, his lowest total of the season.  The team feeds off Benny’s Mojo.  Today he needs to get it back.

When Benny is playing well, it makes Terry Wilson’s job easier.  The Kentucky quarterback could not get into a rhythm at Kyle Field.  Terry Touchdown does not need to be a superhero against Vandy, he just needs to get comfortable in the pocket and make confident decisions.  Once he gets back in the groove, the whisperers will be silenced.

Most importantly, the Cats cannot let the Texas A&M loss linger in a bad way.  If they come off the Bye angry about the loss and take it out on the Commodores, it will be a fun night.  Kentucky cannot let Vanderbilt think they can hang around.  Even though the Cats have their number across the board, Derek Mason’s team will take advantage of sloppy, undisciplined play.

There’s a few boxes Kentucky needs to check off on their to-do list against Vanderbilt.  All of them are obtainable.  Like Drew, I’m all in on the Cats.  Ain’t no way Vandy is hanging with UK.  If you aren’t confident about Kentucky, read this, this and watch the video below.  That oughta change your mind.

Keeneland+Kentucky Football

It’s the only opportunity you’ll have all year to make the Keeneland-Kentucky football double.  Thanks to Lextran, you can get to the track from Kroger Field and back for only $1 each way.  You can catch a ride from near the stadium at the corner of University and Complex Drive.  Click here more details on how to successfully master the double.

The Schedule

  • 9:00 — KSBar opens for Breakfast
  • 11:00 — Baseball scrimmage at Kentucky Proud Park
  • 11:00 — Shuttle from Kroger Field to Keeneland Begins
  • 1:05 — Keeneland First Post
  • 2:00 — Football and Keeneland coverage will stream at Gate 12
  • 3:30 — The KSR Pregame Show Begins on 630 WLAP
  • 4:30 — Downtown Lextran Shuttle Begins; Virginia Avenue Shuttle (stop is by KSBar) starts one hour later
  • 5:15 — The Cat Walk
  • 5:30 — Countdown to Kickoff w/Christi Thomas, Jeremy Jarmon and Dusty Bonner
  • 7:30 — Kickoff on SEC Network

How to Watch and Listen

Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic are on the call for the SEC Network.  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-190 and Sirius-105
  • Online: iHeart Radio

Wilbur Hackett is Back

You’ve seen a younger version of Hackett every Saturday outside of Kroger Field.  One of four African-American football players immortalized in the Gate 12 plaza, today he’ll stand at the 50-yard as the Cats’ honorary captain.

Many remember Hackett as the first African-American team captain in SEC history.  Others remember him as the SEC referee who used the truck-stick on South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia.  In a fateful twist, SB Nation chronicled that 2008 game in a story earlier this week.

Snell Yeah

That’s what the student section will be saying tonight when they’re waving “Snell Yeah” rally towels.

Official Visitors

There are a few big names on campus this weekend.  On north campus the Kentucky basketball team is hosting five-star wing Keion Brooks.  On south campus near Kroger Field you’ll find J.J. Weaver.  The four-star pass rusher had a pick six last night to help Louisville Moore when a district title.  Landing Brooks is a long shot, but Stoops and Marrow could seal the deal today with the elite in-state defender.

Oscar Tshiebwe Decides

The five-star center has reached a decision.  In all likelihood, the No. 22 player in America will not commit to Kentucky today at 12:30.  The Cats were once in great position, but his roots are planted too deep in West Virginia.  Sorry Drew, but Bob Huggins won this round.

Today’s College Football Schedule

  • Noon: #6 Michigan at #24 Michigan State on Fox
  • Noon: #9 Oklahoma at TCU on ABC
  • Noon: Maryland at #9 Iowa on ESPN2
  • Noon: Auburn at Ole Miss on ESPN
  • 3:30: #1 Alabama at Tennessee on CBS
  • 3:30: #18 Penn State at Indiana on ABC
  • 3:30: #16 N.C. State at #3 Clemson on ESPN
  • 4:00: Memphis at Missouri on SEC Network
  • 7:00: #22 Miss. State at #5 LSU on ESPN
  • 7:30: #2 Ohio State at Purdue on ABC
  • 7:30: #12 Oregon at #25 Washington State on Fox
  • 10:30: Arizona at UCLA on ESPN2

KHSAA Football Scores

  • LCA 14, Danville 13
  • Bryan Station 27, Dunbar 26
  • Boyle County 54, Western Hills 35
  • Scott County 44, PRP 18
  • Male 48, Manual 0
  • Moore 34, John Hardin 7
  • Trinity 19, Ballard 14
  • Russell County 35, Clay County 26
  • Letcher County Central 21, Whitley County 20
  • Still County 26, Knott County Central 18
  • Grant County 35, Mason County 27
  • South Warren 38, Bowling Green 12
  • Apollo 50, Marshall County 7

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR