It’s that wonderful time of year where college football and basketball intersect. Last night the Kentucky basketball team opened the season with an exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan. Today the Kentucky Wildcats football team is on the road to face a challenging Mississippi State squad in Starkville.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are unorthodox on both offense and defense. It’s a good thing that the bye week came before heading to Cowbell Central in order for the Cats to have extra time to prepare for whatever Mike Leach is going to throw at them.
Last season the Bulldogs weren’t able to put up a single offensive point against the Wildcats in Lexington but it seems as if the team has settled into the Air Raid system nicely. They’re 4-3 on the season with some impressive wins against North Carolina State and at Texas A&M. They also have head scratching losses to a whatever Memphis team and a down LSU team that Kentucky routed by three touchdowns.
It’s a hit-or-miss philosophy that Mike Leach goes by and Kentucky’s defense made them miss time after time last year. I don’t expect that to be the case for this go-round but I do believe that Kentucky has the better talent and the better overall team.
That being said, Starkville is a weird place to play and Mark Stoops is 0-4 there with some embarrassingly lopsided losses there against some average (and good) teams. Word out of the locker room is that Luke Fortner addressed the struggles in Starkville with the team and the Cats have a newly renewed focus after losing on the road to Georgia.
Win today and the Cats are on the precipice of a truly special season.
Tweets of the Day
Not many questions or concerns about UK offensively. They'll be good. Defense too early to tell and you'd like to see them win the rebound margin by more but it's an exhibition box score.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) October 30, 2021
Bulldogs preparing for UK run game | Cats Pause- I’d say CRod will have something to play for after the UGA game.
Quick takes after UK vs. Kentucky Wesleyan | Cats Illustrated- John Calipari has a deep, dangerous team.
Refreshed Wildcats head to Starkville | UK Athletics- Kentucky normally doesn’t play well after the bye week but I think they will defy that trent tonight.
Washington and Brooks lead UK in 95-72 win | WDRB- John Calipari wasn’t too pleased with the interior defense or the amount of threes the team took early on in the game. He has plenty to work with and I doubt the defense remains that porous.
Picks and breakdowns | CBS- It’s a massive day in college football kicking off with a big time Big Ten game at noon.
Kenneth Walker III leading Michigan State’s resurgence | Sporting News- The star running back may enter the Heisman race with a win and a big showing today.
John Calipari is embracing a new offense | KSR- The offense looked like it was shot out of a cannon. The crazy thing is it’s only going to get better once CJ Frederick and Jacob Toppin are added to the mix.
Kentucky vs. Mississippi State preview | Athlon Sports- Athlon is predicting a close win here and I think that is what the majority of us are thinking as well.
Liam Coen and Wan’Dale Robinson make it easier to sell UK’s offense to recruits | Vaught’s Views- And they make it easier to win football games.
Week 9 X-Factors for the Bulldogs | For Whom the Cowbell Tolls- The Mississippi State blog is a little more confident in their team’s performance than... well everybody else.
Why did the Atlanta Braves pull Ian Anderson? | ESPN- The Braves took a 2-1 series lead with a 2-0 win but they decided not to let Anderson finish his no hit bid.
I’ll be back on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife UK Postgame Show after a week off. Join me at about 10:00 PM as I break down the game and take Mark Stoops’ presser live from Starkville.