After over seven months of waiting, college football is officially back.
This evening, the No. 8 Florida Gators will take on the Miami Hurricanes at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Afterward, Hawaii will then take on Arizona at 10:30 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.
Kentucky is still seven days away from kickoff, but tonight’s opening-night matchups will certainly work as a strong appetizer for the Big Blue Nation.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the other news from around the bluegrass.
Friday Night Lights features plenty of future Wildcats and other targets
It’s not just college football getting started this weekend.
Last night, several Kentucky commitments and targets took the field to get their respective high school senior seasons underway.
Among them? Beau Allen, John Young, Izayah Cummings, and Jager Burton, among others.
Kentucky’s star quarterback commit finished with 276 yards and a touchdown on 22/32 passing in a 21-14 comeback victory. He also added two rushing touchdowns.
John Young and his Christian Academy of Louisville team defeated South Oldham by a final score of 6-0. While there are no official stats for the Kentucky commitment specifically, Young and the CAL offensive line helped the Centurion running back corps manage 191 total rushing yards.
As for Cummings, the Kentucky receiver pledge finished with seven receptions for 173 yards and four touchdowns in Louisville Male’s dominant 42-13 victory over Floyd Central.
Here was just one of his impressive catches:
Check out High School Playbook's Highlight of the Night! It comes from @MaleBulldogs @IzayahCummings on a toe-tapping 15-yard catch along the sidelines. The drive ended with his second touchdown of the first quarter ?
— WLKY (@WLKY) August 24, 2019
Kentucky cornerback commitment Andru Phillips also came out on top in his season-opener, with his Mauldin HS (SC) squad defeating Pendleton HS (SC) by a final score of 20-14.
Major Kentucky target Jager Burton and his Dekel Crowdus-less Frederick Douglass squad managed a 43-0 victory over Bryan Station.
And this afternoon, a few other prominent commitments and targets will take the field.
- 5:00 p.m. ET: Butler (Jordan Watkins) vs. South Warren at WKU
- 5:30 p.m. ET: North Hardin (Octavious Oxendine, Lavell Wright) vs. Waggener at Fairdale
- 8:00 p.m. ET: Bowling Green (Vito Tisdale) vs. Nashville Father Ryan at WKU
UK announces schedule for the 2019 Big Blue Madness Campout
On Friday afternoon, the University of Kentucky announced when fans can start lining up for tickets to see the 2019 edition of Big Blue Madness.
Tickets will be available Friday, Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. Line assignments will be handed out earlier in the day at 2 p.m. Fans can begin claiming their campsite by lining up outside of Memorial Coliseum at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Once the campout reaches capacity, you can only receive tickets online at Ticketmaster.
All tickets to the event are free. Big Blue Madness will be held at Rupp Arena Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. You can find more details by visiting UKAthletics.com.
Team USA falls to Australia
While you were sleeping last night, Team USA lost its exhibition matchup to Australia by a final score of 98-94.
For those keeping track at home, it was the first international exhibition game USA has lost since 2004 and it was the first time they fell to Australia ever. It was the team’s first loss in a whopping 78 games.
Kemba Walker led USA with 22 points, followed by Harrison Barnes with 20, and Donovan Mitchell with 12. No other players finished with more than eight points.
Coincidence that zero former Kentucky stars are on the final roster? I think not.
Coach Cal golfs with Barack Obama
Yesterday afternoon, Kentucky head coach John Calipari spent the day golfing with former president Barack Obama, a decision that was generally well-liked and sparked absolutely zero controversy amongst the Big Blue Nation.
Coach Cal tweeted about his day, saying “It was the greatest round of golf that you could ever play and all I can say is that he is a really serious golfer! He played well!”
The Kentucky coach added that the duo spent four hours just “chatting in the cart.”
Calipari also posted a few pictures from their day on the links.
Take a look:
Indiana sportsbooks will open in September
In another topic of discussion that will also certainly spark zero controversy, Darren Rovell of ESPN announced today that the first sportsbooks in Indiana will open in the coming weeks.
According to the report, the Ameristar (East Chicago) location will open on Sept. 1, followed by Horseshoe (Hammond) on Sept. 4 and Blue Chip (Michigan City) on Sept. 5.
The first sportsbooks to open in Indiana: Ameristar (East Chicago) on Sept. 1, Horseshoe (Hammond) on Sept. 4 (rendering shown here) & Blue Chip (Michigan City) on Sept. 5. pic.twitter.com/Jj2wyu1O1A
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 24, 2019
While these are the only official dates and locations as of today, Caesars Entertainment said that they are expected to open six more sportsbooks throughout the state in the coming weeks.
Those locations will be at:
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson
- Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth
- Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville
- Winner’s Circle off-track betting locations in downtown Indianapolis, New Haven and Clarksville
KSBar and Grille specials
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of KSBar and Grille, which means the week of celebration is set to begin.
Starting tomorrow, there will be drink and food specials all the way through kick-off against Toledo next week.
You can check out all the great specials below:
Go cats and go college football.