I don’t know about you, but after a day of reflection (aka, wallowing), the loss to Florida doesn’t feel any better; in fact, I’m even more upset. Not only was Kentucky the better team, the atmosphere at Kroger Field was primed for an upset. I may not have been there, but the energy buzzed through television, radio, and social media. As with any true heartbreak, I tortured myself by scrolling through Instagram and Facebook yesterday. The pictures and videos from the stadium gave me chills, which hardened into disgust because we let another huge opportunity slip through our fingers. From the infuriating targeting calls to Florida’s backup quarterback’s heroics, it all just sucked. Kentucky should be ranked today, but instead, the Cats didn’t even receive a single AP vote. Ugh.
Yet, it’s a new week, and there’s a new opponent in the crosshairs, so I guess we have to pick ourselves up off the mat. Feel free to take your time. It’s a Monday, after all.
Here are some things to help us turn the page.
Mark Stoops’ weekly press conference is at noon
Like the rest of us, Stoops couldn’t hide his frustrations with the targeting rule after the game. He’ll meet with the media at noon to close the book on Florida and move on to Mississippi State. You can watch the live stream on KSR or check the site shortly after for a full recap.
New depth chart
Before we hear from Stoops, we’ll get a new depth chart, which should shed light on who will fill TJ Carter’s shoes as he sits out the first half for his ejection for targeting. We should also get an update on Phil Hoskins, the defensive tackle who had to leave the game during warmups with an unspecified injury. He tweeted this yesterday afternoon:
Idk what hurt more. Gettin injured moments before the game started or takin that L to a team that couldn’t even play with us. Idk what God is doin with my life rn but it’s just one thing after another at this point. I’ll be back on the field with my boys soon enough. Him > me pic.twitter.com/3lqzVW2oKN
— Big Snacc (@phil_hoskins) September 15, 2019
We’ll also find out the South Carolina game time
I can’t imagine it not being a night game in Columbia, but we’ll find out later today. Here’s the slate of SEC games for September 28 if you want to guess:
|9/28 – TBD||Ole Miss||(2) Alabama|
|9/28 – TBD||Mississippi State||(8) Auburn|
|9/28 – TBD||Towson||(9) Florida|
|9/28 – TBD||(17) Texas A&M||Arkansas|
|9/28 – TBD||Kentucky||South Carolina|
|9/28 – TBD||Northern Illinois||Vanderbilt|
Mississippi State is the early favorite
The Bulldogs opened as an 8.5-point favorite in Vegas yesterday, but the line quickly moved to -7. If you got it at -8.5, consider yourself lucky.
John Calipari will visit Jonathan Kuminga
Basketball has taken a backseat to football recently (and rightly so), but John Calipari’s making some big moves. On Thursday, top 50 power forward Lance Ware committed to Kentucky, and on Saturday, five-star wing Terrence Clarke did the same, also announcing his intentions to reclassify to 2020. 247 Sports now has Clarke at the No. 4 player in the 2020 class, making him Kentucky’s highest ranked recruit since Skal Labissiere in 2014.
Today, Cal will look to keep the ball rolling, meeting with five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga, the top player in the 2021 class. Kuminga attends The Patrick School in New Jersey, the alma mater of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Dakari Johnson, and Nick Richards, and is AAU teammates with Ware. He’s been considered a Duke lean for a while, but maybe a visit from Calipari and Kenny Payne will change his mind.
Speaking of basketball…
Did you see our coverage of Calipari’s preseason roundtable?
If not, click the links below to see how Calipari feels about the upcoming season (spoiler: good).
Did you see Benny Snell’s run?
Benny finally got his first NFL run and it was a good one, a 23-yard gain on 3rd and one:
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 15, 2019
…Unfortunately, that was Benny’s only carry. He finished second on the team in rushing behind James Connor, who had 11 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Can’t hurt to give Benny the ball a little more, just saying.
How about these things at the Titans game?
It was an odd day at Nissan Stadium. First, a piece of pyrotechnic equipment caught on fire after the pregame introductions:
WATCH: Fire erupts on the sideline before the start of the NFL Tennessee Titans home opener Sunday when the team's pyrotechnic equipment caught fire. pic.twitter.com/nUSXfnPr1G
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 16, 2019
And at halftime, a cloud in the shape of the No. 9 hovered over the stadium while the Titans retired Steve McNair’s No. 9 jersey:
Sadly, the Titans lost to the Colts 19-17. On Thursday, they play Jacksonville and I’m seriously concerned Josh Allen might break Marcus Mariota.
KSR Dog of the Day
Mack is the only bulldog we’re going to allow around here this week.