A Saturday without Kentucky sports. It’s only happened twice since September 5th — the October 10 Bye Week and the Saturday after the Auburn game, the 17th — but after a long and excruciating football season, it’s probably for the best that we spend the day watching Championship football, instead of that other stuff. Even though none of this will directly affect the BBN in any way shape or form, I’m cheering for chaos (and Mark Stoops’ alma mater, Go Hawks!).
- AAC, #22 Temple vs. #19 Houston, noon on ABC
- SEC, #4 Bama vs. #22 Florida, 4:00 on CBS
- Mountain West, Air Force vs. San Diego State, 7:30 on ESPN2
- PAC-12, #7 Stanford vs. #20 USC, 7:45 on ESPN
- ACC, #1 Clemson vs. #10 North Carolina, 8:00 on ABC
- Big 10, #4 Iowa vs. #5 Michigan State, 8:00 on Fox
The conference championship game that has earned its own paragraph is the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. My cousin Jeff has been turning down job interviews to prepare for the school’s first conference championship win. Kicking off at noon on ESPN2, a win over Southern Miss would give the Tops their first 10-win season since Jack Harbuagh was the coach and likely setup a matchup with USF in the Miami Beach Bowl. Not only would I have a good excuse to go to South Beach for the first time, Willie Taggert played and coached at WKU before taking the head coaching job at South Florida.
The 5A and 6A State Championships will be Decided Tonight
WKU’s conference championship game has caused a shuffle in the schedule. Tonight at 5:00 CST, Male will attempt to go undefeated by taking home the 6A Championship against Lafayette. The Louisville vs. Lexington matchup should light a fire under the asses of people all across the Commonwealth. Male’s best player, Keion Wakefield, is going to Louisville. Lafayette’s best players, Landon Young and Walker Wood, are going to Kentucky. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot from Lafayette for the Good Guys to come out on top.
The 5A game between Pulaski County and Bowling Green will start around 8:00 CST. PC is favored to run it back-to-back behind the arm of Mr. Football candidate, Quarterback Riley Hall. Give @TreyHuntsmanKSR a follow for updates, read his game previews, but if you want more you can LIVE Stream the games here.
Wildcats Selected Academic All-Americans
Landon Foster received first team honors and Jordan Swindle was selected to the second team, receiving well-deserved notoriety for excelling in the classroom while keeping up with the fast-paced life as a collegiate student-athlete. They are only the 18th players in UK history to have earned the honor. Foster is the fourth to do it twice, joining another punter, Tim Masthay. Landon had a 3.97 GPA as a Finance and Marketing Major. Swindle had a 3.906 while majoring in Kinesiology. If only they counted Rubik’s cube skills, surely Swindle would have made the first team.
The Season Ended for the Kentucky Volleyball Team
The Kentucky Volleyball team traveled to Columbus to play American in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but after losing a close first set the Cats just couldn’t get anything going. The 22-ranked Wildcats were upset in three, finishing their season 22-10. They didn’t have enough for a long postseason run, but kept their NCAA Tournament streak alive, extending it to 11 consecutive years.
You Can Walk on the New Bridge in Louisville
After 20 years of talks, 10 years of planning, and 5* years of construction, the new downtown bridge in Louisville is finally ready for people to use it. Today from 10-2, people can go to the Indiana side of the bridge and walk around on what they’ll be driving on in the future. I don’t really understand why this is a big deal, but when Terry Meiners and John Boel are in the building, you know it’s a big deal.
Boel said that one guy slept in his car to be the first one to see the new bridge. IT’S FOGGY! YOU CAN’T EVEN SEE IT! I just don’t understand.
*All of those numbers are made up, but it feels longer. You should also know that once this one is put into operation, they’re shutting the other one down for a year for repairs. The dream of two bridges for I-65 is still far, far away.
You Can Stop Listening to Adele
She’s great and all, but to add a little diversity I’m going to end this post with another fantastic songbird, Sia. Her song “Alive” is spectacular, but her pipes don’t get as much notoriety because she’s a weirdo. I personally prefer the weirdos, and hope you enjoy this gem.
I’ll be jamming to this until I start ranking my favorite Christmas Carols later in the day. Stay tuned.