Good morning. There is something you should know: It’s football time in the Bluegrass.
This coming Saturday, the Cats will travel to Auburn to kick off the delayed, conference-only college football season in the SEC. It’s a noon kickoff (11 a.m. Auburn time, which is nice) and our good pal Tom Hart and his colleagues will call the game on ESPN.
Let’s get the week going with a poll to gauge your confidence level going into the game:
Mark Stoops to speak with the media at noon.
It’s the return of Mark Stoops’ Monday game week press conferences! Today at noon, we (and others) will chat with Stoops about the week ahead and the upcoming challenge in the Auburn Tigers. We’ll hear the latest on his team and more in his first public comments of Auburn week.
Check the site for plenty of content from the press conference all afternoon and beyond.
Kentucky ranked No. 23 in the AP poll.
UK will kick off its season as a top-25 team for the first time since 1978. That’s a long time. The Associated Press ranked the Wildcats at No. 23 this week, one spot ahead of Louisville and Marshall. There are seven SEC teams ahead of Kentucky, including Auburn at No. 8.
The Coaches Poll is stupid.
Kentucky is not ranked in the Coaches Poll after the coaches invited the Big Ten teams back into the rankings. The Big Ten doesn’t start for another month, so do those teams just sit there for four weeks while other teams play each other and fall out of the top 25? Why are we even bothering with polls this year anyway? Polls are so dumb. Let’s burn them all.
The spread on the game is all over the place.
For those interested in adding an extra reason to cheer on Saturday–aka get the bread–the line on the UK-Auburn game opened at -10 out in Las Vegas, but the number is already down to -8 and even -7 in the offshore books most of us use online. The number won’t matter if you’re only betting the spread because Kentucky is going to win, but it’s a big difference on the money line. Gamble responsibly.
There will be a new KSR Football Podcast today.
Coming up later today, the KSR Football Podcast will record and release a new episode for the first week of the season. Nick Roush and I will be joined by former UK players Freddie Maggard and Charles Walker for the first episode as we get you ready for Cats and Auburn. Be on the lookout for that later this afternoon.
Anthony Davis called game.
While some of you were already sound asleep last night, Anthony Davis put the Nuggets to sleep in Game 2 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to extend the Lakers lead in the series to 2-0. L.A. had just blown a big lead late in the game and was two seconds from defeat, then Rajon Rondo found Davis on the inbounds pass, Lakers down one.
Davis handled the rest:
Game 3 ? Tuesday, 9 PM ET, TNT pic.twitter.com/4GBaxeVBvP
— NBA (@NBA) September 21, 2020
It was a tough way to see Jamal Murray lose after he made clutch plays down the stretch, but Davis has patiently waited for his turn in the NBA and he took full advantage of the moment.
Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week will take us to Simon Kenton.
This week’s Game of the Week is between the Simon Kenton Pioneers and the Johnson Central Golden Eagles, a matchup of schools from different parts of the state, to be played in northern Kentucky at Simon Kenton.
Both teams are undefeated and we’re excited to be there. More to come throughout the week.
Tune in to KSR as Matt, Ryan and Shannon recap a busy weekend.
Plus there’s a ton of stuff to come here on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com.