Mondays are never fun for anyone, but Mondays after Kentucky loses to Mississippi State are the worst. That’s where we are today, not even 48 hours removed from all of the self-inflicted wounds suffered in a the 13-28 loss to a Mississippi State team that’s not even all that good. Most of us are trying to pick ourselves up to tackle a new work week, but it’s hard when UK football is off to an 0-2 start in the SEC.
We’ll get through this together, friends.
Here’s what’s ahead:
Mark Stoops will speak to the media at noon.
You know the drill: Mark Stoops will hold a press conference to go over what he saw in the film from the Mississippi State game, and what’s ahead with another road game coming up this weekend.
Stoops will also provide injury updates, including the latest with Sawyer Smith’s apparent shoulder injury. Saturday night, Smith said his shoulder is “fine,” but his arm is in a sling so he can’t be too fine. We’ll hear more at noon when Stoops takes questions.
Coaches stopped voting for Kentucky in the coaches poll.
After four straight weeks with a spot in the “Others Receiving Votes” category of the coaches poll, Kentucky did not receive a single vote in Week 5 of the college football rankings. The Cats were ranked No. 33 last week before losing in Starkville; the highest they had ever gotten was No. 27 in Week 3, prior to losing to Florida at home.
South Carolina opened as a 2.5 point favorite.
The opening line has the Cats getting two and a half points down in Columbia on Saturday; however, it has already moved a point to 3.5 in many places.
The total on the game is set at 53.
You will get a new KSR Football Podcast tonight.
The KSR Football Podcast team will get together tonight at KSBar and Grille to record another episode of the show; unfortunately, another one after a loss. We’ll get the thoughts of former players Charles Walker and Austin MacGinnis, and talk about where Kentucky needs to improve if it is going to avoid a third straight loss this week.
Look for the new episode to be out shortly after you finish dinner.
It’s Big Blue Madness campout week.
All crazy people interested in camping out for Big Blue Madness tickets may begin doing so around Wednesday at 5 in the a.m. There are some extra crazy people already sleeping on the sidewalk across from Memorial Coliseum, but the rules won’t allow anyone to set up a campsite for another few days.
Once Tent City is up and running, control cards will be passed out to campers on Friday at 2 p.m., before the tickets are distributed Friday night at 10 p.m.
Big Blue Madness is Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
Matt Jones is in Mt. Sterling for today’s show, I think.
Matt is back out on the book-writing trail and I believe he will be dialing in to today’s show from somewhere in Mt. Sterling. He will be joined by Ryan Lemond in Lexington and Shannon T. Dude in Louisville to discuss all the went wrong in Saturday’s football game. Tune in.