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Quickies: Kentucky vs. EKU Edition

UK takes on EKU, is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander the key to RJ Barrett, high school football scores, and more.

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Good morning Big Blue Nation and Happy Game Day. Your Kentucky Wildcats are looking to move to 2-0 on the season against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.

The last time EKU came to Kroger Field, the visiting team forced overtime. Patrick Towles had to engineer a comeback late in the game to force the OT thanks to some fantastic catches by Dorian Baker. But these two teams are vastly different from the ones that faced off two seasons ago.

This time UK has the advantage at every position and it’s not particularly close. The ‘Cats **should** win with relative ease on the day of the home opener. There are multiple things to look for in the win: is the Wildcat effective? Can the offensive line get back on track? Can Stephen Johnson establish a rhythm?

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Could Shai Gilgeous- Alexander be the key to R.J. Barrett? | KSR- Gilgeous-Alexander and Barrett are both Canadian and have played together in the past. The two players talk to each other every day and Barrett looks at Shai as a big brother.

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Kentucky High School Football Scores | Lexington Herald Leader- I went back to my high school last night to watch my Holy Cross Cougars defeat Bethlehem. How did yur alma mater do?

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