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Today On KSR: Moving on from an ugly weekend

(Photo: Randy Sartin-USA Today)

(Photo: Randy Sartin-USA Today)

Tennessee is not a good football team. The Vols are still fighting for bowl eligibility with only two games left in the season, and scored only one offensive touchdown against Charlotte, at home, in the game prior to Saturday’s meeting with Kentucky. Yet, Kentucky still lost to Tennessee and it wasn’t even close. The Cats were never in it and dropped the game as a six-point favorite, 24-7, in yet another bad performance by the offense. Big Blue Nation is not pleased.

So, now it’s gut check time for UK. With two very winnable games ahead to close out the regular season, the Cats need to get back to playing the football it played in wins against Florida, Mississippi State and South Carolina earlier in the year. If things don’t get better offensively, it will be an embarrassing back-half of the season, something we’ve seen too many times from the program. Things must improve or it will be a very disappointing best season.


Mark Stoops will chat with the media at noon.

After a day to reflect and watch film and not think about the check for $250K he missed out on, Mark Stoops will talk to the media in his Monday press conference luncheon. Stoops will step up to the microphone at noon o’clock and we will have a live stream here on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com.

Cats dropped eight spots in the AP poll.

Kentucky football hasn’t looked good in several weeks, but Stoops still has a top-20 team in Lexington. The Cats came in at No. 20 in the new AP poll, down eight spots from the No. 12 ranking of a week ago.

Kentucky opened as a 14-point favorite over Middle Tennessee State.

With Kentucky’s abysmal offense and a two-game losing streak, Las Vegas has the Cats laying only 14 points against non-Power 5 opponent Middle Tennessee State this week. A few weeks ago the Sagarin predictor rankings had this spread at 25 points, but things have changed since then.

Bobby Petrino is no longer Louisville’s head football coach.

As expected, Louisville gave Petrino his pink slip on Sunday following the Cardinals’ trash performance in the loss at Syracuse. It’s the right move to salvage the imploding program, but it will still cost the school $14 million for Petrino’s buyout.

UofL’s secondary coach, Lorenzo Ward, will take over as the team’s interim head coach for the final two games.

It’s too bad Petrino got out before Mark Stoops and Kentucky got a chance to close the casket on his time at Louisville in the final game of the regular season.

JaVonte Richardson is coming back to play for the Cats.

Some big news on the football recruiting front: JaVonte Richardson will return to UK after a year away in JUCO. Richardson signed with Kentucky as a four-star wide receiver in the Class of 2017, but academic issues forced him to leave Lexington last spring. He landed at Iowa Western C.C. this fall and is ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver in the JUCO ranks as he re-commits to Kentucky.

He will arrive on campus in January and will have three years of eligibility.

Army played Duke closer than Kentucky did.

Duke played its second basketball game of the season on Sunday, a 94-72 victory over Army in Cameron Indoor. Duke’s big three combined for 75 points (more than Army’s whole team) with Zion Williamson leading the way with 27 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks and four assists.

This was one of his blocks:

He good.

The new college basketball polls will be released today.

How far will Kentucky fall? And will Duke take over the No. 1 spot ahead of Kansas?

We’ll find out this afternoon.

The Tennessee Titans are going to win the Super Bowl.

Titan up!

Reminder: KSBar and Grille offering half-priced entrees to all veterans and active duty military today.

Happy Veterans Day to all men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for Today On KSR: Moving on from an ugly weekend

  1. runningunnin.454
    8:31 am November 12, 2018 Permalink

    We laughed at UT all year, and we don’t learn. Beating UL is not a foregone conclusion, especially since they’ve excised their cancer…maybe the word is exorcised.

  2. murphy60
    9:52 am November 12, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s start with the fact that we will never, I mean NEVER be a great football team. Good, yes, but GREAT no. And that won’t happen til this school opens the pocket book and hire a staff that can KICK THE DOOR DOWN, not knock on it and walk away. I don’t care how you start, but how you finish. And for us, we’re the Ford festiva, and Alabama, LSU, Georgia are the big Ford-F150. We, the fans are tired of seeing sub-standard talent being walked all over

    • Bluebloodtoo
      10:53 am November 12, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t understand this new world of contracts with buyouts. What other job in the world would allow you to have horrendous performance and still be protected from getting fired? How do millionaires get all these extra benefits? Isn’t being a millionaire the extra benefit?

  3. UKinIN
    11:06 am November 12, 2018 Permalink

    As a fan murphy60 doesn’t speak for me. UK has improved under Stoops, that cannot be denied. Back to back bowls and a one game playoff for the SEC East prove that. The mistake that was made was assuming that UK would automatically beat a struggling UT team on the road. UT beats UK in recruiting every year and winning at UT would have been an upset. (regardless of what Vegas said)

  4. 8 god
    12:26 pm November 12, 2018 Permalink

    Notice the obvious lower-body foul on Jones that assists the Zion block — clearly a nice block but should’ve been two shots