Nearly 48 hours until Kentucky takes on 14th-ranked Mississipi State under the lights at Kroger Field, Mark Stoops took to the podium to say expects a great atmosphere from the Big Blue Nation.
“I expect a great atmosphere, we’re playing a quality, SEC, ranked opponent, at home, at night and we expect a great atmosphere. We’re looking forward to it.”
Stoops also believes his team will be ready for the big stage against the Bulldogs. He mentioned how the Florida game was a hostile environment and everyone, of course, was pleased with the way the team played there but, now the situation is flipped. Stoops expects his team to respond well and carry a “business-like approach” into Saturday.
In any game, the battles in the trenches will have an impact on the outcome on the scoreboard, but especially so this week. Mississippi State ranks third in the country in tackles for loss and 15th in sacks, while Kentucky is in the top 10 on stopping teams from getting in the backfield. Only allowed one sack this season and six TFLs, the Big Blue Wall will be facing its toughest challenge thus far on Saturday.
“This will definitely be a line of scrimmage game, on both sides. It’s always important, and with that, it goes outside. Winning your one on one’s…both teams can run the football when you can run the football it opens up opportunities.”
As Eddie Gran always says, big guys lead the way, and it will be crucial for the Cats to win the battle up front on Saturday.
FUN FACT: While praising the teachers for the work they do around the state, Stoops said he was very close to being to a teacher, himself. Fortunately, he was able to get into coaching, and I think we can agree he chose the right gig.
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