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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Return of Football Edition

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It appears NCAA football will return in some form, but crowd size is likely to be dramatically reduced or non-existent. How will that impact home-field advantage?

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

Kentucky football — it appears to be coming, pandemic and all. What it will look like from a fan in the stands standpoint is still an open question, and that will definitely have an impact on the game.

We haven’t really considered it much, but it struck me this weekend as I was watching one of the players interviewed at the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge this weekend (I forget who it was), where he was asked if the lack of crowds had any impact. He explained that from his standpoint, it really did.

How much more will a reduced or absent crowd matter in a football stadium? In the SEC, we are used to places like South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama (just to name a few) being filled to capacity on weekends, making it very challenging for the visiting team to communicate because of the volume. That’s likely to be absent from this season for the most part, at least early and probably for the duration.

So from this aspect, I think we may see big home-field advantages suffer a significant degradation. I think this will open the door to more upsets than we normally see, because very often, a few mis-communications are the difference between victory and defeat. I can’t help but think that this helps Kentucky, who is used to being an underdog on the road — perhaps most significantly when it comes to Terry Wilson getting his “sea legs” back.

Yes, football this season will be interesting. Then again, we are living in intersting times...

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