1. The Cats are Not Content
A win on Saturday would essentially lock up a bowl birth Kentucky, needing only a win over the Governors of Austin Peay to reach postseason play. Sitting at second in the SEC East, it’s unfamiliar territory…kind of. Last year the Cats were 4-2, two years ago they were 5-1, but still didn’t reach a bowl game.
This team knows they cannot become complacent. Derrick Baity described the vibe in the locker room. “Stay on the pace we’re at. Don’t slack off. We’ve got another big week. We’ve been in spots like this before,” Baity said. “We don’t want history to repeat itself.”
2. Mizzou has a Baby Boom
Benny Snell is arguably the best freshman running back in the SEC. Missouri’s Damarea Crockett will not readily concede the debate. Crockett has the most rushing yards of any freshman in the SEC with 546. D.J. Elliot could do nothing but praise him after today’s practice.
“He’s a hard runner. He’s fast. He’s a lot like Boom,” Eliot said. “It’s a guy that we have to keep contained. We have to play well, we have to tackle well, and be in good body position to get him on the ground and not get juked.”
3. Nothing’s Changed for Austin MacGinnis
Since MacGinnis become the Commonwealth’s hero, not much has changed outside of a few more media appearances. “Same old, same old. I’m here to kick the football so that’s what I did,” MacGinnis said. “It’s cool to get the win. That’s really what matters most. All the other stuff is just side effect, but getting the W is the biggest thing.”
4. Getting Up Early is No Problem
Even though they have yet to experience a noon kickoff this season, the players are prepared. Every person I’ve talked to the last two days actually seemed to prefer starting early.
You can’t trust Jeff Badet: he’s a morning person. The earlier the better. Derrick Baity said he gets anxious waiting around all day for the night game to start. Josh Allen had the best logic: “I really don’t sleep now before a game cause I’m so excited. Afternoon, night game, It’s all the same. I’m going to wake up and ball.”