Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisiana Monroe Warhawks
- Game Time: 12 PM ET
- Date: September 3rd, 2021
- Location: Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky.
- TV Channel: SEC Network.
- Announcers: Calling today’s action will be Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Alyssa Lang.
- Online Stream: Catch the game online using WatchESPN and the ESPN app. You can also catch the game with a free trial of fubo.tv.
- Radio: Tom Leach and Jeff Piecoro will have the UK radio network call on 6:30 AM, 98.1 FM in Lexington, and on the UK Sports Network.
- Rosters: UK | ULM
- Odds: Kentucky opened as a 29.5-point favorite, and the line has since grown to 31. ESPN’s matchup predictor gives the Cats a 96.5% chance at victory.
- Score Projections: TeamRankings has the Cats winning 42-13, while numberFire predicts a 43-13 victory for Kentucky.
Fire up the grills and dust off the crockpots — it’s officially football time in the Commonwealth!
After what seemed like an eternity, the Kentucky Wildcats will take the field on Saturday with screaming fans in the stands cheering them on.
The ‘Cats will take on the Warhawks of Louisiana Monroe from the Sun Belt conference at noon inside Kroger Field.
The game will be televised on the SEC Network with Mark Stoops’ team as heavily favored.
As of Sunday evening, the popular betting platform, FanDuel Sportsbook, had UK as a 29.5-point favorite with the over/under total points set at 55.5.
Betting aside — the general consensus from college football analysts is that the Will Levis era will get off to a solid start.
LA-Monroe is in complete rebuild mode under first-year head coach Terry Bowden. Coming off an 0-10 season in 2020, the former Auburn coach is attempting to get things heading in the right direction, but the challenge is real.
They never held a lead the entire 10-game season a year ago.
ESPN’s Ryan McGee wrote an article ranking the 10 worst programs in college football heading into the 2021 season.
You guessed it — the Warhawks found themselves on the list at No. 6.
Without diving into specifics, it’s obvious there’s no excuse for Kentucky to not lay the hammer to LA-Monroe on Saturday.
Expect a heavy dose of Chris Rodriguez on the menu and everyone on both sides knows it. Assuming the fifth-leading rusher in the SEC a year ago can get it going, you’d next look for Liam Coen to dial up some excitement in his debut as a collegiate offensive coordinator.
It would be an incredible feeling for Kentucky fans to see Levis connect with multiple receivers and perhaps even a big play or two.
Running the ball against ULM should be a given. But tuning up the offense as a whole remains a top priority before Missouri comes to town.
From a defensive perspective, I’d say a goal of holding the Warhawks to 10 points or less is reasonable. The last time these two teams met in 2014, it was a 48-14 dominant performance by the ‘Cats.
A similar score should be the expectation on Saturday, but college football fans know that Week 1 can be full of wacky surprises, so UK better be focused and come to play.
Football is back. Rejoice.