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Your KSR Gameday Wake Up Call

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

 Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The best way to get over a bad loss is with a good win.

There is a lot on the line when the Cats take on 25th-ranked Missouri tonight.  Mizzou has an 11-game road win streak.  Kentucky has not defeated a ranked team since beating #18 South Carolina in 2010.  If the Tigers want to 3-peat in the SEC East, all roads go through a win in Kentucky.  If the Cats want to keep the fan base energized through the next 19 days until Auburn, they need a monumental win.

Kentucky is favored, but a win will still be an upset.  Missouri forces teams to play ugly football.  Kentucky cannot expect to compete if they do not play well on first down.  If they get behind the chains, they limit their ability to make explosive plays, the plays that keep the crowd in it and change the momentum of the game.

Kentucky has what it takes to win, but can they execute?  Stoops Troops will have to show it against their SEC foe from the Show Me State.

Today’s Itinerary

  • 3:00  The Bobby Perry Band takes the Gate 1 Stage
  • 3:30  KSR Pregame Show on 630 WLAP
  • 5:15  The Cat Walk
  • 5:30  “Cat Talk to the Cat Walk” with Freddie Maggard, Christi Thomas and Special Guest, Corporal Matthew Bradford
  • 6:30  Neil Price takes us home with the Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Kickoff
  • 7:30  Kickoff on the SEC Network
  • An hour after the game ends — The KSR Postgame Show

Party like Morgantown

@TjBooten

@TjBooten

Wait, no.  DO NOT, under any circumstances, party like Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Weather is a lot like Last Week

Not good, but not bad.  It should stay dry for most of the game, but it will be cloudy with off and on rain showers throughout your tailgate.  Don’t let it calm you down, just come prepared for the elements, a.k.a. bring a slip n’ slide.  Actually, a rain jacket would probably be more beneficial, but if I hear of any slip n’ sliding, rest assured I will be there.

It’s a Hall of Fame Weekend

Jared Lorenzen, Antoine Walker and six others began their induction ceremony into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame last night over a formal dinner.  They also gave speeches, and of course, Jared Lorenzen crushed it.  You can watch all of the moving moments from last night here, and make sure you give them a standing ovation today at Commonwealth Stadium.

Patrick Towles Must Perform Well

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It won’t be easy against the nation’s #4 defense, but after an atrocious performance against Florida, he needs to be proficient to keep the pressure off and move forward in the football season.  It’s not just season defining, it could be careeer-defining.  Towles has all of the tangibles, but can he get his head right and make elite throws?  I’m confident he can, but the proof will be in the pudding.

The Cats Must Contain Maty Matthew Mauk

Matthew Mauk is as erratic and inconsistent as they come.  But he’s also a 4th quarter hero, finishing 2014 with the highest 4th quarter QBR in the SEC.  He can make moves with his feet and improvise to keep plays alive before busting a big play.  Kentucky’s defense must put the pressure on him early and force him into bad decisions.  In the last two meetings they have not and Mauk had torched them, throwing 7 touchdowns and zero interceptions.  That cannot be the case today.

Tighten Up the Special Teams

Mizzou blacked a punt and an extra point last week.  If they do either, Kentucky will need something crazy to give them a chance.  Maybe a kickoff or punt return touchdown?  Drew is still waiting for Sihiem King to bust a big one.

Geek

Article written by Nick Roush

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

22 Comments for Your KSR Gameday Wake Up Call



  1. fireants25
    10:39 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

    alright! now im ready to kill someone! letsssss gooooooooo



  2. The Other White Meat
    10:45 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

    I’m afraid today is a repeat of last weekend.



    • Elk
      11:09 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

      If we are unable to put together a complete game, then it could be exactly like last weekend. However, if the offense and defense can get it going for four quarters, then look out! Mizzou will go back home reeling.



  3. John
    11:08 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

    I’m going in to this game with low expectations. If we exceed them I’ll be excited. If we don’t, I won’t feel down like last week lol.



  4. Tiger Trollllllll
    11:26 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

    Tigers put Towles down for good, this is his last game as a starter!!! Watch our D shine today..Missouri 24-10



    • Sangor Rainsford
      11:30 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

      I think the score may be worse than that. I think something like 35-10. I hope I’m wrong, and we both eat our words.



    • Ha!
      5:40 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      I’m afraid the Trollllll may be right about this one. I just hope we can make a respectable showing. Maybe it’s time we think about getting out of the SEC. We might be a better fit in the ACC with little bro.



  5. SCCat
    11:28 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

    Cats 31- Mizzou 14.
    Cats prove themselves, and we get back on track for a great year.



    • intheshadow
      2:41 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      (I have what ever he’s drinking…)



    • Brian
      2:45 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      Noted, intheshadow.



  6. Oscar Brohm
    11:30 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

    Western is the best team in the state. Nick stop supporting losers and start supporting the only winner we got coached by your cousin.



  7. Lol
    11:39 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

    UK 14 Missouri 10. Drew barker wins the game in the second half of a defensive battle



    • catsfan
      11:49 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

      Now this is the best sounding post yet. Bring on Barker



    • Jason
      12:02 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      The only way UK wins this game is with Drew Barker as qb. I am so tired of hearing excuses about his play especially from that fat has been qb.



    • Rowdy Wildcat Fan
      12:06 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      Jared and Pat are both crappy qb and DB, maybe that’s why jared loves him so much. For the love of god stoops put in Drew!



  8. Huh?
    11:51 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

    “Kentucky is favored, but a win will still be an upset.” Wait, what?



  9. Just Say'n
    12:10 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

    All we heard leading up to this season was how “close” the QB race was. If it was that “close” why, based on Towles performance to this point, has Barker not even taken a snap? A simple question waiting for a sensible answer.



  10. Old Coach John
    1:19 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

    If the Cats want to keep the fan base (period!) they MUST beat Missouri TODAY! If not, turn out the lights and forget about ‘bowling’ in 2015. Get focused CATS, get aggressive, stay aggressive, and starting today, make the second half far exceed the first half no matter how good the first half may have been.



    • Dude
      1:32 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      Please speak only for yourself. Thanks



    • Dave
      4:57 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      I hate that your comment is true, but it is, the buzz on campus isn’t here this week. Students are back to being more excited about tailgating than they are the game. I don’t think that losing would kill the fan base, but only scoring field goals again would. If we lose 40-37 or something high scoring like that it would be okay, but we need to do something to reignite the spark we had last week in the student body.



    • Sir Edmond
      5:19 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      I agree with Dave and John. Stoops and crew had a golden opportunity, last weekend. We were all primed and ready. They let us down. The excitement just isn’t there, for many.



    • Ha!
      5:31 pm September 26, 2015 Permalink

      Let’s just hope little bro loses to Stamford today. Won’t look so bad for us when we lose this one to Mizzou.