Let's take a break from grilling Louisville & Rick Pitino to take a look ahead at this weekend's football matchup with Eastern Michigan University. As every Kentucky fan should know, the Wildcats are coming off the worst loss in the Mark Stoops era.
Kentucky lead the Florida Gators 24-14 this past Saturday heading into the fourth quarter. However, after Stoops took the ball out of Stephen Johnson's hot hands and had some miscues with clock management, the Gators managed to outscore Kentucky 14-3 down the stretch to win 28-27.
The loss was heartbreaking, not just for the fans but even for me as I sat in the Kroger Field press box for at least 20 minutes, staring at the field in complete shock. I had personally hyped up the matchup all week, swearing this was the year Kentucky could walk out onto their home turf and realistically believe they have the better roster than Florida.
However, four days later, reality has now set in. This is my first post since my recap of the Deflating loss and I'm ready to move on. No, the home field advantage likely won't be as much as an advantage for the rest of the season. But the Wildcats have multiple home games remaining that they can potentially make up for last week's debacle.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles are 2-1 on the season with wins against Charlotte and Rutgers then a loss against Ohio. The Eagles and Wildcats will have their first matchup in history, both looking to get back on the winning track. Kentucky, at 3-1, could use wins against EMU & Missouri next weekend to take momentum into their BYE week.
Kentucky's strength of their defense is definitely their run defense, which ranks 9th in the country. It turns out EMU's weakness is running the football, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry for the season. With the elevated play of Chris Westry, Derek Baity, Mike Edwards and Darius West, the Cats will look to lock down the Eagles' passing attack.
EMU's rush defense ranks 78th in the country, allowing 4.2 YPC and one rushing touchdown. Surely the new two-headed attack of Benny Snell Jr. paired with Sihiem King will have the upper hand in that battle.
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Here is how you can watch Saturday’s matchup:
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (3-1)
Time: 4 p.m. EST, Saturday, Sept. 30
Where: Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky.
TV: The game will be on the SEC Network
Channel: DirecTV 611, Dish 408
Online: The game will be streaming from watchespn.com and the Watch ESPN Mobile App.
Radio: In Lexington, the game will be on 630 AM and 98.1 FM with Tom Leach (play-by-play), Jeff Piecoro (analyst) and Dick Gabriel (sideline) on the call. In Louisville, you can listen on 840 AM. Satellite radio broadcasts will be on XM 190 or Sirius 137.
Line: Kentucky is a heavy favorite in this matchup, as the spread is currently set at -14.5.
Series: Kentucky leads 4-0.
Last meeting: Kentucky 34, EMU 27 in overtime in 2015.
Weather: 69° with winds of 7 MPH. Click here for more details & forecast.
Predictions: ESPN's Power Index is giving the Eagles' just a 9.2 percent to upset the Wildcats' 90.8 percent chance of victory. OddsShark projects a 34-27 win for the Cats.