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Wildcat Quickies: On to Florida Edition

After the disheartening loss to USM, it’s on to the Gators, and a horrific losing streak.

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NCAA Football: Southern Mississippi at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning BBN, and happy Labor Day. Enjoy the final day of your long weekend! We have now had some time to digest what occurred on Saturday night, and personally, it doesn’t hurt any less than it did when the final whistle blew. However, it’s time for Kentucky to set their sights on the Florida Gators.

The Cats will have to go into The Swamp to play a top-25 Gators team that they haven’t beaten in the last 29 attempts. That losing streak spans four decades.

However, we aren’t focusing on the past. If the Cats can put up 35 points on Florida like they did So. Miss, their chances of ending the streak will be pretty good. The Cats have come close to turning the corner in this series multiple times in recent years, and a win against the Gators is exactly what the team — and the fan base — needs in order to have any kind of hope for this season after the loss to USM.

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Ouch (P.S., if you missed ND-Texas, you missed some great football).

Your quickies

The Orlando Sentinel says that the Gators’ 29-game win streak is in jeopardy this week. Despite Kentucky’s catastrophic collapse, the Gators have some holes to address as well, and the Sentinel isn’t so sure they’ll be able to do so.

Top plays from SEC action in Week 1 - ESPN. Kentucky makes this little hype reel, but not for the play you’d expect.

Players who shined against Southern Miss - Fox Sports. It wasn’t all terrible; the dominance in the first half brought out some great individual performances.

Kentucky-USM postgame notes - Lex-18. Miscellaneous news and notes from the action on Saturday.

After an ugly loss to So. Miss, what’s next? - KSR. Freddie Maggard poses the question on everyone’s mind.

Reminder that Rich Brooks’ leash was longer than the leash UK fans have given Mark Stoops - KSR. Brooks’ start was awful too, and he turned it around. The question is, does Kentucky want 8-5 to be their best season?

Drew Barker moving on from inconsistent opener - USA Today. We can only hope to see continuity from the first half to the second half next time out.

Other sports news

Texas beats Notre Dame in double OT - Yahoo! This game involved one of the craziest plays to send it into OT; a blocked extra point leading to a returned 2-point conversion to tie it, and then Tyrone Swoopes showed Texas that he may be more of a running back than a quarterback as he ran through what felt like the entire Notre Dame defense to score the game-winning touchdown.

Novak Djokovic into US Open Quarterfinals despite elbow issues - ESPN. Djokovic needed treatment from a trainer, but still defeated Kyle Edmund to move on.

Rafael Nadal suffers upset in US Open, says he’s not done yet - USA Today. Nadal is slipping, and falling victim to an upset in the US Open shows it, but he’s not hanging it up just yet.

Clayton Kershaw will return to Dodgers’ rotation Friday - ESPN. The Los Angeles ace is getting back to business after missing extended time due to injury.

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with Devin Hester - Baltimore Ravens. Hester isn’t what he used to be, but the Ravens are still getting one of the greatest return men in NFL history.

US Soccer star Megan Rapinoe joins Colin Kaepernick in protest - ESPNW. Rapinoe knelt during the playing of the National Anthem before a match on Sunday.

Other news

The world’s largest living primate is close to extinction - CBS News.

NASA catches a double-eclipse on camera - Engadget.