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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Arkansas Razorbacks Edition

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Arkansas comes into Kentucky on Saturday a 6.5 point dog, but Kentucky is shaky at quarterback and stuck in the mud of a 3-game losing streak. Is Sawyer Smith 100%, and can Lynn Bowden lead the team if not?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

After a week of rest, the Kentucky Wildcats welcome the Arkansas Razorbacks into Kroger Field on Saturday. Kentucky hasn’t played Arkansas since 2012, when the John L. Smith led Hogs took Joker Phillips and the Wildcats to the woodshed, 49-7 in Fayetteville. The overall series between the two schools is 4 wins for UK, 3 for Arkansas.

This matchup looks like another close one with Kentucky giving up approximately a touchdown in the odds. I’d take Arkansas to cover if I were a betting man, which I’m not (at least on sports).

When it comes to the elephant in the room, A.K.A. “Who will be the Kentucky quarterback?”, the word answer appears to be Sawyer Smith. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops told the media yesterday that Smith was feeling significantly better, and if he’s able to return to form, I’d expect to see him as the signal caller on Saturday.

But I’d also expect Lynn Bowden to get reps under center as well. The injury to Smith exposed Kentucky’s weakness at the QB position (understandable when you lose your starter and your backup gets injured), but Stoops & Co. absolutely must find a viable option in case of another injury to Smith (assuming he’s sufficiently recovered now). So Bowden needs some game experience at the position, and I expect he’ll get some Saturday.

This game is important to Kentucky coming off three straight losses against SEC foes, but typically the coaching staff is giving it a public “meh,” the proverbial “It’s a football game and they’re all important.” But a four-game losing streak will not help UK’s momentum, and even though every game on the schedule other than the one at Georgia next a week from Saturday looks winnable, beating Arkansas would go a long way to restore team confidence and right the ship for a solid season. Limping across the line at 6-6 shouldn’t be considered a successful season at this point.

In related news, former and recently deceased UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen will be honored by the university for his accomplishments as UK quarterback between 2000 and 2003. Jared will never be forgotten, and not just because it’s hard to forget a guy who thew for more that 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns in a 3-year career. The Wildcat faithful will never forget the Hefty Lefty.

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Big news. It’s been a while since Coach Cal landed a top two recruit.

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