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On to the morning links:
– The Kentucky defense was responsible for a shaky start for the Louisville offense, whose Heisman hopeful started the game 8-15 on passing and a running game that managed only 3 yards in the entire first half.
– JoJo Kemp proved he deserved more playing time over Raymond Sanders and Johnathon George who struggled to move the ball yesterday. “Jojo has got to see some more time,” UK Coach Mark Stoops said. “He’s got to play.”
– Max Smith said “I’m going to be fine, and I’ll be ready for our next opponent,” in regards to his shoulder which he re-irritated in the third quarter against Louisville. That opponent happens to be Florida. #BeatTheStreak
– A Louisville running back had some strong words to say regarding the potential of this Kentucky team and their future chances of snagging the Governor’s Cup. Senorise Perry stated, “it’s going to be a while.”
– Kentucky was led by its newcomers on offense again yesterday, giving us hope for the future of Neal Brown’s Air Raid. JoJo Kemp had 80 yards on only 5 carries and Ryan Timmons led in receiving yards, finishing with 72 yards on only three catches.
– Louisville made the adjustments it needed to at halftime to win the game yesterday, scoring in their first three possessions of the second half. Winning the line of scrimmage was key according to Teddy Bridgewater.
– Drops, turnovers, and the inability to convert on third down will haunt Neal Brown and the Kentucky offense; not converting on routine plays is unacceptable.
– Growth is going to come for this team, though it may be painful at times. And although Ryan Timmons and Neal Brown agree that it could certainly have been better, John Clay believes it could have been worse.
– Kentucky’s 2 QBs weren’t exactly a threat yesterday, finishing 17-37 for the game, although much of the blame rests with their wide receivers. But Mark Story wonders if the injury-plagued Smith and the inconsistently accurate Whitlow are the answer for this team moving forward?
– Here’s a video provided by the Courier-Journal of Max Smith reflecting on Kentucky’s loss yesterday.
– According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, we may have a repeat year in college football with the chances of Alabama winning another title and even Manziel winning another Heisman looking pretty good.
– It looks like Rajon Rondo will miss all of the preseason and some of the regular season recovering from his torn ACL, but Coach Brad Stevens doesn’t want him to rush back into anything. Anyways, he has to come back more quickly than Derrick Rose right?
– Ole Miss trounced the howcantheybesoterrible Texas Longhorns, 44-23 in Austin yesterday. That Mack Brown contract buyout is looking friendlier everyday.
– South Carolina had to fend off a feisty Vanderbilt squad last night in Columbia, after the Commodores scored twice in a 13-second span in the fourth quarter.
– The Big Ten continues not to impress. What’s new?
– South Alabama beat Western 31-24. Nothing more to say about that.