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The Cats are playing with house money. A win today means 10-2 is on the table.

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I didn’t think I could be more amped for a Kentucky Wildcats football game as I was last Saturday and yet here I am. The LSU Tigers are coming to town and this is a major statement game for the UK football program.

Last Saturday the ‘Cats defeated the Florida Gators and proved that they indeed belong in the top 25 of the best college football teams in America. This week is a prove it game in a different sense: prove last Saturday wasn’t a fluke.

As dominant as Kentucky was on both the offensive and defensive lines against Florida, there are still some out there that think that the win by the ‘Cats was more about Dan Mullen’s shortcomings as a coach than it was about how good Kentucky is when they are motivated.

While this LSU team isn’t the same LSU team that has been a dominant force in college football for the past several years, they will still have elite players on the field and they are a name brand in college football. Beating this team will raise even more eyebrows, especially if Kentucky dominates the line of scrimmage once again.

If Kentucky can pull this win off today, then I fully believe a 10-2 record is on the table. I’m not even close to buying that Kentucky can or will beat Georgia in Athens and there is a letdown game coming where they won’t be able to close out like they have against Chattanooga or South Carolina.

That being said, 10-2 puts UK in line for something special like the Sugar Bowl. But before we get too dreamy-eyed with this, they have to take care of business against the Tigers. And yes, I do think this is a “take care of business” type game because Kentucky is better than LSU.

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Another week. Another big game vibe.

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Headlines

Five questions with an LSU insider | Cats Pause- This has been billed as a must win for Ed Orgeron. How much of a factor with that play into the motivation for the Tigers?

Wan’Dale Robinson explains why he initially picked Nebraska | Vaught’s Views- He wasn’t impressed with the Eddie Gran passing attack. I know for certain that the Cats wouldn’t be 5-0 if Wan’Dale had not changed his mind.

Week 6 Bold Predictions | SDS- If Will Levis can do what they’re asking here then the score is going to be much more lopsided.

Is UK basketball top 25 worthy? | WDRB- They definitely are but the top ten may not be the place for them. Yet.

SEC Nation is in town | UK Athletics- The entire crew is here for a big time game that will have a big time atmosphere. A win this week means College Gameday in Athens? I know they’ve been there once already this year but it will be hard to find a bigger college football game next week.

What to watch for: Kentucky | And the Valley Shook- The LSU faithful what to see their team match the physicality and the tenacity of the Wildcats because the Tigers haven’t shown much of either all season.

Marty and McGee praise what Mark Stoops has done | KSR- They’re suggesting Florida State, Nebraska, Miami and others come study what Kentucky has done to build their program from the bottom up. Just leave your mitts off of our coach. Understand?

The future is now for the UK d-line | Cats Illustrated- No Marquan McCall, no problem? McCall is out tonight but Justin Rogers, Octavius Oxendine, Josiah Hayes, and Tre’Vonn Rybka were phenomenal against Florida’s offensive line. All these guys are YOUNG.

Week 6 college football picks | CBS- It’s looking like a great slate of college football games.

Russell Wilson out 6-8 weeks | ESPN- Russell Wilson’s finger injury may have doomed the Seattle Seahawks this season.

Upset Alerts | SPorting News- Kentucky is on this list at -2.5 A lot of late love from the media is starting to sway the way of the Tigers.

It was an epically fun Kentucky Fish and Wildlife UK Postgame Show and I’m hoping to have a repeat episode. Join me as soon as the game is over for Mark Stoops’ press conference, player sound and your chance to call in and react to the Kentucky vs. LSU outcome.