Happy Monday, folks! The start to another work week is never an exciting thing, but knowing what awaits once this week is over gives us something to look forward to over the next five days. Of course that likely means this week will move at a snail’s pace as we wait for UK to host Georgia in Kenutcky’s biggest home game in my lifetime.
Today on KSR we’ll hear from Mark Stoops a couple times; getting his final thoughts on the Mizzou game and his initial preview of the Bulldogs.
Kentucky didn’t get much love in the polls after the road win to move to 7-1 on the season. The Cats moved up two spots on the Coaches Poll to No. 12 and just one spot from No. 12 to No. 11 in the AP Top 25. I’m slightly annoyed that we won’t be able to call Saturday’s game a top 10 matchup. There are not 10 teams with a better resume than UK on the season. Kentucky’s been hosed in the polls all season. I haven’t made a big deal about it because at the end of the day if UK wins out they will be in the College Football Playoff, so the rankings don’t really matter as of today. However, it’s still frustrating and confusing how Ohio State can be destroyed at Purdue and then move up three spots on its bye week! UK wins at Mizzou and moves up one spot. Beating nobody > SEC road win.
Shaking. my. head.
Double dose of Stoops:
We’ll have everything you need from Mark Stoops weekly luncheon today at noon. Stoops will update us on injuries, final thoughts from the Mizzou game and his initial thoughts on the Bulldogs. I hope Stoops is asked about the wild celebration and if he’s going to be billed for punching the ceiling at Mizzou.
Stoops will also make his weekly appearance on the Mark Stoops Show at 6 p.m. He will sit down with Tom Leach and answer questions from fans. The Mark Stoops Show generally repeats a lot of what is said during the luncheon, but it was last week where he said the Cats will play multiple QBs (and they did). I don’t think we’ll have to worry about a QB controversy this week, but there could still be plenty of news. I wonder if we’ll get a Josh Paschal update.
KSR will have you covered if you miss either talking session.
Cats are dogs:
UK opened as a big time underdog to Georgia on Sunday. Depending where you looked Kentucky started off as 12 or 12.5-point dogs to the Bulldogs for Saturday’s SEC East Championship game. Kentucky has played in six SEC games and the Cats have opened as underdogs in five games. UK was only picked to win by Vegas against Vanderbilt.
We’re used to it by this point and Georgia should be favorites, but nearly two touchdowns? I don’t get it, but we know how this group will use this as motivation so I’m fine with it. The line is moving in UK’s direction and most sites have it as UGA -10.
I’m guessing that UK money line will payoff nicely.
Red Sox win:
Woohooo! The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers 5-1 to win the World Series four games to one. Boston was the most dominant team all season so it was only fitting they reigned supreme in the Fall Classic. It’s crazy to think that on Saturday night in the seventh inning the Dodgers were on the verge of tying up the series and over 24 hours later their season was ended. Baseballs a funny game, but it’s been good to Red Sox fans since 2004. Boston moved to 16-3 in World Series game in that span.
Between the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, it would be a pretty nice time to be a Boston sports fan.
This is a thing of beauty.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 29, 2018
Injured NBA Cats:
Former Cats in the NBA are banged up and need to get healthy. Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, Alex Poythress and Darius Miller all missed games Saturday night and Booker sat out Sunday, too. None have overly serious injuries but NBA teams will be cautious with potential nagging injuries over the course of a long NBA season.
Also, Kevin Knox could miss another 2-3 weeks because of a sprained ankle. That injury happened on 10/20.
We also received an update on Jarred Vanderbilt. I can’t wait until he’s 100 percent healthy.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone on injured rookie Jarred Vanderbilt (right foot surgery) today: “He’s a ways away” from getting back on the floor.
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) October 27, 2018
This isn’t injury related but former UK guard Hamidou Diallo sat out Sunday’s win over the Suns not because he was hurt but because he missed the walkthrough. Billy Donovan has a rule that if you miss the walkthrough you won’t play in the games, so Diallo sat.
Hamidou Diallo is inactive tonight. Rookie mistake: he missed walkthrough today, so he won’t play. Tyler Davis and Andre Roberson the other inactives.
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) October 28, 2018
We know Kentucky is going bowling and unless there’s a complete collapse it’s going to be a top-tier bowl. After UK’s win over Mizzou on Saturday there’s a new projection- UK taking on Ohio State in the Peach Bowl.
I’m set on the College Football Playoff, but if the Cats have to beatdown the Buckeyes so be it.
We’ll have the Monday Insider Notes around 2 p.m. today, updating the latest on James Wiseman, Vernon Carey Jr. and UK’s other top targets in the class of 2019. Wiseman took his final official visit to Memphis over the weekend and Carey Jr. also visited his hometown team, Miami (Fla.).
UK desperately needs bigs in 2019 and the Cats hope to land two of Wiseman, Carey and Hurt. Former UK commit D.J. Jeffries committed to Memphis over the weekend and I’ll have an update on if that means anything to Wiseman.
Because I can’t get enough of them. Forget food and sleep, this will have to fuel me until Saturday. Have a good week, folks.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) October 28, 2018