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Wake Up, Gameday is Finally Here

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Congratulations Big Blue Nation, you made it.  Football is finally here.  After an agonizingly long offseason, in about nine hours it will once again be football time in the bluegrass.

The opening game presents challenges similar to last year’s opener against Lafayette.  Their non-Power Five opponent is coming off a nine-win season with plenty of offensive weapons. What makes this game different is the man orchestrating the opponent’s offense was on Kentucky’s sideline last season.

The Shannon Dawson storyline has been downplayed by the coaches, but Matt Elam couldn’t resist earlier this week.  “(Last year) In practice, I felt like the defense always got the best of him.”  

There will be plenty of pressure on Elam’s defensive line to replicate last year’s success in practice.  Nick Mullen’s averaged more than 300 yards passing per game and running back Ito Smith rushed for more than 1,200 yards last year.  There is no doubt Kentucky will be put to the test to start the season.

We’ve talked about it enough.  I’m getting too anxious thinking about all of the possibilities in play.  Will the Drew Barker era come out hot or cold?  Will Gran’s running game be better than we’ve ever seen?  Has Lamar Thomas taught the receivers to catch?

I can’t handle it anymore.  Luckily the weather will be beautiful all day.  Here’s what you can do around Commonwealth Stadium today.

  • 3:30 — The KSR Pregame Show begins at the RV Lot.
  • 5:15 — The Cat Walk
  • 5:30-7:00 — The Jordan English Band concert near Gate 12
  • 5:30 — Christi Thomas and Freddie Maggard take over the UK Radio Network
  • ~6:00 — The team makes its walk from the training center to CWS

Remember the Cat Walk is extended this year all the way to the Football Training Facility.  At the end of the road is also where you’ll find the new pregame concert stage.  You can listen to music and enjoy food from a pair of food trucks before cheering on the Cats as they walk from the Training Facility to Commonwealth Stadium.

Remember that before the KSR Pregame Show begins, get your football fix by listening to the KSR Football Podcast on your drive toward the tailgate lots.  If you still have questions about what’s going on, this should do the trick.

Today’s Uniform Combination

Matte is the new black.  The Cats will start the season in traditional blue and white with the matte twist on top.


All the X’s and O’s You Need to Know

Freddie Maggard has only stopped typing to watch more film on Southern Miss.  If you feel the need for more knowledge, Freddie has you covered.

How Kentucky Beats Southern Miss
Jimmies and Joes: Kentucky and Southern Miss
Scouting the Southern Miss Offense
One-on-One Matchups: Elam vs. Tom, Miggins vs. Freeman

Not Excited? This will do the trick

If the KY Wildcats TV didn’t do the trick, Al Pacino will get you to fight for every inch in life.

Friday Night Football Scores

  • Paintsville 40, Pikeville 28
  • Trinity 45, Lafayette 7
  • Ballard 25, DeSales 10
  • Scott County 42, Highlands 33
  • Bowling Green 31, St. X 10
  • Danville 43, Boyle County 15

Tyler is excited, very excited.

Red, White and Boom Continues

Eric Church rocked Whitaker Bank Ballpark last night.  I know that not everyone will be clawing to get into Commonwealth but I know some people will lose their minds to see Jason Aldean tonight.  Hopefully you’ll hold off until tomorrow to see Drew’s favorites, Florida Georgia Line.  For tickets and a complete schedule, click here.

Don’t Forget to Play Gameday Bingo tailgate-bingo



Today’s College Football Schedule

It will be the best opening weekend in the history of college football.  Use this scoreboard to follow along all day.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for Wake Up, Gameday is Finally Here

  1. 3 fan
    10:34 am September 3, 2016 Permalink

    Finally! So many are sick of hearing about this game

  2. whatwasthat
    11:29 am September 3, 2016 Permalink

    ESPN college football gameday ten times better than basketball gameday but then again football is ten times better than basketball. GO CATS.

    • whatwasthat
      12:25 pm September 3, 2016 Permalink

      Rece picks southern miss in the super dog selection, while there are a lot of questions about this team and being optimistic, the cats cover. GO CATS.

  3. DelrayCat
    11:38 am September 3, 2016 Permalink

    The Boston College game was the most Kentucky-esque loss I’ve seen in a long time by a team not named Kentucky. Poor Patty Ice. Up 4 with 2 minutes and the ball. Three straight dives up the middle for nothing. Punt. Give up a 4th and 19 to Ga Tech to keep drive alive, and then let them march down the field to score a touchdown with 45 seconds left. Get the ball back with one last chance and then have 3 penalties in a row to end the game on a failed hook and ladder. The scheme of the BC coach calling plays looked all too familiar. Towles played well, but looked like he was never trusted to throw down the field. Deja Vu for a good guy. Wishing him well, but it looks like another long year for him.

    • whatwasthat
      12:28 pm September 3, 2016 Permalink

      Can’t believe I missed that game, maybe I’ll catch a replay. Yep, wish Patrick luck, but seems to be snake bit.

    • ukkatzfan
      2:18 pm September 3, 2016 Permalink

      I thought it looked just like UK of the last 2 years in different colors. Some coach at sometime should have had him swap positions. Before game coach mentions choosing Patrick over another qb. Patrick just jumped out of the skillet and into the fire. Same story different school.

      Good news for UK !!! Today is the start of a new day for football at UK.

  4. Billy Hill
    11:47 am September 3, 2016 Permalink

    Anybody heard cats paw’s score prediction. I haven’t seen it posted anywhere yet…