These Sunday Quickies are brought to you by the Number 5. The Kentucky Wildcats are now 5-0 to start the season and they did it by beating the South Carolina Gamecocks for the fifth straight time by the score of 24-10.
This game was all about the defense as that side of the ball forced four turnovers and completely shut down Jake Bentley and the Gamecock offense.
Kentucky’s O got off to a quick start, scoring 24 points in the first half only to sputter a bit in the second half. No worries as Josh Allen, Jordan Jones, Darius West, and Jamar Watson all had huge nights for the defense.
There may have been a few doubters left but with yet another dominant performance over an SEC team, there shouldn’t be any. The Kentucky Wildcats are for real. And they’re spectacular.
Tweets of the Day
Your Josh Allen supercut.— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 30, 2018
Once again an offensive line was terrorized by Allen and had no answer for him. He is having a historic season for Kentucky.
When Kash got ejected and was walking off the field this is all I could think about (to be fair I think about this scene on a weekly basis anyways). pic.twitter.com/AU8xtLXzEY— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) September 30, 2018
Kash Daniel’s ejection was fair according to the rule. Sometimes it’s a dumb rule. But his exit did fire up the rest of the defense. He will have to sit out of the first half vs. the Texas A&M Aggies.
5-0... HELLUVA FEELING!!!!— Mr SNELL YA LATER (@benny_snell) September 30, 2018
No other way to put it: Louisville lost to Florida State and the loss is on the head coach.— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) September 29, 2018
Kentucky being as good as they are is awesome enough but the Louisville Cardinals being a complete disaster of a football team is icing on the cake. Remember when Bobby Petrino was going to come in and wreck the ACC? LOLZ
Superman wears number 41 for Kentucky | Lexington Herald Leader- Josh Allen admitted after the game that he didn’t have the best first half. But he showed up when Kentucky needed him the most and proved once again that he truly is unblockable.
Kentucky sets itself up as the best in the East with Georgia | Courier-Journal- The Georgia Bulldogs are on the top of the standings with UK as the only two teams in the East with a perfect conference and regular season record. If things continue on the same trajectory for both teams then November third is going to be very interesting.
Kentucky offense sputters in the second half | Cats Pause- If there is a negative takeaway from last night then this is it. Much of it was due to the mass amount of penalties that were earned by the offensive line. The Cats found themselves near the endzone a few times only to be driven back because of false starts and holding calls. That derailed them and they never got back on track.
Week 5 overreactions | Saturdays Down South- Georgia vs. Kentucky is on a collision course for the East crown:
5. Snell Yeah, baby
Kentucky is legit. The Wildcats should have been ranked at least two weeks ago. They should have been closer to the Top 10 last week. They won’t be, but they should be in the Top 10 on Sunday.
That Georgia game can’t get here fast enough.
Projected top 25 | CBS- Wildcats in the top ten. It’s going to happen. I can feel it.
10. Kentucky (17): When it comes to discussion of the Heisman Trophy picture, is Benny Snell being included? He should be because no one else has been more valuable to his team as an individual than Snell, carrying so much of the playmaking responsibility on offense for this 5-0 Wildcats team.
UK soccer downs South Carolina | UK Athletics- Cocky didn’t have a good night as they went 0-2 against the Cats. UK soccer moves to 8-0-1 on the season as they won 2-1.
SEC Power Rankings | Saturdays Down South- My rankings will be out later today. Kentucky will be roughly in the same spot:
4. Kentucky (5-0, beat South Carolina 24-10)
Do not adjust your spectacles, oh fearless reader. Given past performance, we understand if you snicker when you see Kentucky listed here. But sleeping on a team that grinds out first downs on the ground and has one of the top statistical defenses in the country feels like a mistake. Who has looked better?
South Carolina falls to Kentucky | Garnet and Black Attack- Gamecock fans were awful chesty for a team that had lost four in a row to the Cats. I’m not mad at the outcome. The comments section is worth a peak.
Pass and Fail | WDRB- UofL led Florida State 24-7 only to blow the lead and lose 28-24. Offensive Genius Bobby Petrino called a pass play with less than 2 minutes on the clock with the lead near the FSU endzone. Jawon Pass, the heir apparent to Lamar Jackson, promptly threw an interception and Deondre Francois led his Seminoles down the field to win. And FSU is BAD, folks. I mean, they stink out loud. What a shame.
Winners and Losers from Week 5 | CBS- Am I rubbing it in? Yes.
Louisville: Neither Louisville nor Florida State is good, but the Cardinals dropped one against the Seminoles 28-24. Up 24-21 with a fresh set of downs and under two minutes remaining, Louisville opted to to pass instead of trying to run some clock -- and it was immediately picked off. Five plays later, Florida State hit the go-ahead score. The Cardinals are at the bottom of the ACC Atlantic at 0-2 and they’re likely not going to be favored in more than a couple of games for the remainder of the season. It’s stunning to think this program has fallen off so quickly post-Lamar Jackson, but coach Bobby Petrino’s stock is tumbling fast.
Penn State loses in stunning fashion | ESPN- James Franklin took the blame as the Penn State Nittany Lions lost a lead late in the game and fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes. PSU had the ball and were driving only to call a weird running play on 4th and 5.
Fantasy football start em and sit em | Sporting News- I am still looking for my first fantasy win. To say my players have underperformed is an understatement.